Public Announcements


Robert Heintz, AIA

Colonel Robert B. Heintz, AIA, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the age of 90.

He lived a fascinating and rich life. Born in Leipzig, Germany, his family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and settled in the Bronx. He became a U.S. citizen, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and then studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert married his college sweetheart, Dora, and moved to Millburn, before settling in Short Hills, in a house he designed. After becoming a loving father to Claudia and Chris, he opened his own architectural practice and worked out of an office in his basement. His office designed residential, municipal and local commercial projects, culminating in the re-design of the fire gutted Paper Mill Playhouse in 1980. Other work included renovations to the Millburn Police and Fire Headquarters, Millburn Town Hall, and the Short Hills Train Station. Robert served on the Millburn Planning Board for eight years, and was also on the Board of Adjustment. Small in stature, but large in personality and generosity, Robert was a long time member of the Rotary Club, and coached Little League in Millburn for over 20 years.

His architectural practice became noted for school design. Major school commissions included Seton Hall University, Seton Hall Prep, Oratory Prep and Watchung Hills Regional High School. His firm, Heintz and Fiore, also designed five major buildings, including the library, for St. Benedicts Prep in Newark.

Robert had a distinguished military career. He served as an infantry officer during the Korean War, and continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserve, rising to the rank of colonel. Col. Heintz graduated from the Army War College and served as a Military Intelligence Officer, due to his fluency in Russian and German. He commanded an Infantry Brigade in the "Jersey Lightning" 78th Division. He completed his service as Chief of Staff for the 78th Division in 1984. For years after his retirement, he loved to be called "The Colonel" by friends and family alike.

The Colonel loved his family, the beach, boating, opera, theater, and attending Yankees and Rangers games. He was a longtime subscriber to the Metropolitan Opera House in N.Y.C. and was hired to give backstage tours for a number of years. He also loved to travel, and had a special affinity for the architectural splendor of London.

He was married to Dora Heintz, who passed last month, for sixty-five years. He is survived by his son, Christopher Heintz, daughter, Claudia Gilbert, daughter-in-law, Tina Heintz, son-in-law John Gilbert and four grandchildren; Emilia and Angela Heintz, and Matthew and Abigail Gilbert.

Due to the current pandemic, there will be no viewing or public services at this time. A memorial service will be scheduled in the future.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your preferred school or arts institution.

Published in Star-Ledger from Apr. 26 to Apr. 28, 2020


Residential Design After Covid-19



Here is a recent article from The Architect's Newspaper:  READ


Despite uncertainty in the world and the dire economic forecast, I’m a bit more optimistic than the Architect's Newspaper about the future for architects who work on custom residential projects. The pandemic has forced people to spend more time at home. Working, teaching, exercising, dining and entertaining are taking place inside houses more often than ever before. Eventually people will be moving about freely in the outside world again, but their days at home will have had an impact. Those who can afford it, will want to make improvements to shortfalls that became obvious while they sheltered in place. Others will need changes to accommodate new uses and functions. They will all need architects!


Lisa Walzer, AIA
CRAN Committee Chair


COVID-19 Message to AIA Newark and Suburban Members

I have been contacted by some of our members in regards to the impact of the COVID-19 virus and the effect on holding General membership meetings.
The General Membership meeting scheduled for March 19th has been postponed to a later date this year.
The April 16th general membership meeting is deemed tentative at this point pending further developments of this virus and its impact to our membership and their communities. Ample notice will be given if that meeting will be postponed and rescheduled.
Please practice proper hygiene to combat this virus and I look forward to seeing our members soon. Stay healthy!

Andrew E. Thompson AIA NOMA LEED AP BD+C
2020 President
AIA Newark & Suburban Architects
A Section of AIA New Jersey