New Jersey Institute of Technology Supporter Receives Prestigious Architecture Award

NEWARK, November 6-- Edward N. Rothe, a founding partner of Rothe-Johnson-Fantacone, a 40-person architectural planning, interior design and project management firm, Edison, recently received the distinguished service award from the New Jersey Society of Architects, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Rothe, a Princeton resident, has been a long time active supporter of the New Jersey School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Rothe has served on the visitor's board for the architecture school where his firm established the Rothe Johnson Fantacone Endowment Scholarship in celebration of its 25 years in practice. Members of the advisory board include chief executive officers or partners in architectural firms who are leaders in the New Jersey building profession who help in determining the direction for the future, support relevant change and encourage excellence.

Rothe’s firm, which was established in 1974, provides professional services for a range of projects including real estate investment offices, corporate headquarters, healthcare facilities and college and university buildings.Rothe has been the partner-in-charge for many projects valued at more than $500 million, including educational, laboratory, high technology and therapeutic environments; corporate and real estate investment office buildings; and hotels and conference centers. He has also been instrumental in the planning and design of large-scale urban projects and suburban office parks.

In addition to his professional achievements, Rothe has tirelessly worked on behalf of New Jersey architects. He served for seven years on the executive committee of AIA New Jersey, chairing both its public relations committee and editorial board. As president, in 1987, he worked on legislation that defined the building and design responsibilities for architects and engineers (The Building Design Services Act); secured passage of frivolous suits legislation; and established AIA New Jersey's first Political Action Committee.

In 1988, he advanced to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, in recognition of his designs and services to the profession. In 1997, Rothe was named New Jersey Regional Representative to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 1998 he was named AIA New Jersey Fellowship Committee Chairman. He immediately organized the chapters' first annual fellowship portfolio workshop to help potential candidates understand the basics of fellowship and the preparation of the application portfolio. He served as fellowship chairman for four years during which time 12 New Jersey architects became fellows.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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