The New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently announced the appointment of prominent educational facilities architect Jeanne K. Perantoni, a principal of SSP Architectural Group, Inc., Somerville, to the NJSOA Board of Advisors. A graduate of Princeton University and the recipient of a Masters of Architecture from Rice University, Perantoni began her architectural career in 1984. Since that time, she has worked in the long range planning and design of educational facilities.
Perantoni has received the Council of Educational Facility Planners’ Outstanding Achievement Award for her work with New Jersey school districts, and four of her K-12 school projects have received Excellence in Design citations and have been published in the National School Boards Association Journal, Learning by Design. She has also been recognized in campus master planning for her higher education, and received Somerset County’s Planning Award for her work on the facilities master plan for Raritan Valley Community College. She is currently serving as a planning consultant for Rutgers University’s Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership, Camden.
Her pioneering work in educational facility planning won recognition in 1992 from the Governor of New Jersey who hailed her design for the City of Bayonne’s new community school for students in grades kindergarten through eighth as the model of the future for its integration of advanced technology with essential community functions. This project is credited with revitalizing the midtown neighborhood and instigating educational reform, which culminated in a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence being awarded to the Midtown Community School.
Perantoni is active in public service, serving as a trustee member of NJSOA, the New Jersey Society of Architects Scholarship Foundation, the historic preservation board of the Borough of Princeton, and the Friends of Princeton Open Space. Other service includes her tenure on the board of directors for the Somerset Valley YMCA, the executive council of the New Jersey Society of Architects, and past president of the Central Chapter of the NJ American Institute of Architects. Locally, she serves as a trustee and facility planner for the Princeton Charter School and is a teacher in the Christian Education Youth Program at the Trinity Church. Appointed to the State Board of Architects in 2001, Perantoni aspires to continue her role in the planning and design of the best educational facilities possible for New Jersey Students.
NJSOA is one of the largest degree accredited architecture schools in the U.S. granting both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, the only architecture school in New Jersey offering the bachelor’s degree in architecture, and a national leader in the integration into the studio curriculum of computer-aided design (CAD).