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2020 Design Awards

Design Awards Alert!! A VIRTUAL REALITY

Dear Newark and Suburban Members,

Our lives may feel like, but your design board submission will now be, a virtual reality.  Time to get crackin’ and turn those mental images into electronic ones.  September 30th, the Design Awards submission deadline, is rapidly approaching.  Register Now! 

So, no printing costs to submit your designs but you will have to prepare electronic (PDF) files for our jurors to review.  We have updated the Design Board Requirements and Registration Form with this change.  We will provide an upload link when you send in your registration form.   

Visit the event page for details HERE

The jurors will deliberate on October 1st and awards will be announced at a Zoom presentation that evening at 7:30 pm. 

Alex Gotthelf, AIA

[email protected]

Design Awards Chair 2020


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President's Message Summer 2020

It is now well into summer 2020 and I hope you all are doing well in what are now trying times for everyone.

In this second message to Newark and Suburban membership I wish to address how things have changed since mid-March.

The Newark and Suburban section had its last face-to- face meeting in March shortly before the state shut everything down and we were thrust into what is now the new “normal”. The COVID-19 pandemic has put our state and our nation into the unknown with a virus that knows no race, age or gender and is merciless. So many have been affected by COVID-19 that most of us know of someone who has been affected by this virus.

The Newark and Suburban Board has been affected but has also made the commitment to be there for our membership. We are still holding board meetings via Zoom and also set up preliminary Zoom chats amongst the Board to discuss issues. We have begun rolling out as “Mini-Roundtables”, which, while size is limited, allow our membership to see and engage with one another to discuss current issues. We expect more to come--stay posted!

Newark and Suburban has cancelled most of its in-person general membership events for 2020. This section has followed suit with the state chapter and the national organization by cancelling or postponing events in the near future.  We are committed to maximizing whatever events can be digital and remote, whether that is Design Awards or Canstruction.  We have stood by our sponsors and have held webinars with Anderson and Pella. We welcomed new organizations such as, Loewen, with their recent  webinar. It is daunting as you have received multiple emails from various sources for webinars. We ask that you periodically check our website- , and look for our latest online events.

2020 has also been a year in which our country watched as a member of the Minneapolis Police Dept. took the life of George Floyd. This moment in history has ignited the discussion on race relations in our country and the ongoing problems of police brutality, and that we as a nation--The UNITED States of America-- stand by our name and show the world that we will not tolerate injustice.  We value each other not based on race but as  human beings. I thank the Board and the  members who have reached out to me describing how this moment in time has upset them and suggested what we should do about it. As an African American growing up in East Flatbush Brooklyn, NY, I have faced this problem head on – often blindsided by it  - and have been frustrated on what to do myself.

I thank my brothers and sisters of Newark and Suburban for standing up and thinking about what the next steps should be. I have been in discussion with AIA-NJ and we are looking to formulate initiatives to be inclusive. Our K-12 Program begun by John Fallon, AIA in the Newark public schools last year is a a good example. The membership will be updated as additional opportunities to participate develop.

I ask that, as we are all concerned about how we will come through these crises, you let us know how the Newark and Suburban section of AIA NJ can be here for you.

Stay safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing everyone in the near future.

Andrew E. Thompson, AIA, NOMA LEED AP BD+C 

[email protected]


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