CoAD Board of Visitors

The CoAD Board of Visitors is a body of informed professionals, representing the design and construction industry, that extends well beyond the traditional boundaries of the profession. All are either CEOs or Partners in the design, construction and real estate industries - a veritable "Who's Who" of the New Jersey building industry.

The purpose of the Professional Board of Visitors is to help set the direction for the future of the school and contains a broad representation from the design and construction industries that extend well beyond the traditional boundaries of the architectural profession.

Our board members provide a broad range of professional and societal perspectives which help us to formulate the kind of architectural education program that appropriately anticipates the needs of the profession, the industry and our society.

The school gratefully acknowledges the time and dedication provided by its Board members:


Stephen P. Aluotto, AIA ’79
President, Nadasky Kopelson Architects

Mr. Aluotto is president of NK Architects, a 37 year old mid-sized regional firm serving the New York and New Jersey metropolitan markets with an expertise in education, health care, mixed use development and cultural centers.


Robert J. Ambrosi '73
President, ARC; Clifton, New Jersey

Mr. Ambrosi is President and Founder of ARC Group of Companies. With more than 25 years experience in acquisitions, development and management of real estate, he has combined credit companies, long-term lease contracts and well-located properties into a successful real estate company. A successful graduate of NJIT (’73), Mr. Ambrosi is a successful entrepreneur developing properties in the US as well as abroad.


Ron Beit

Mr. Beit is the founding partner and CEO of RBH Group, LLC, and president of RBH Management, LLC, asset and property management companies. His companies acquires, develops, rehabilitates and operates commercial and residential real estate.


Jeffrey Brown
CEO Jeffrey Brown Associates, LLC

Mr. Brown’s company are builders and construction managers of commercial and residential real estate.


Robert P. Cahill
President, Cahill Properties

Mr. Cahill serves as President of Cahill Properties, LLC. The firm specializes in brokering commercial and residential real estate, land development and tenant representation in commercial property.


Kenneth Colao '77
President, CNY Group

Mr. Colao is President of CNY Group, a NYC based construction company specializing in designing and building hotels in Manhattan.

Joshua Distler
CEO, Joshua Distler. Com

Mr. Distler  is a designer and entrepreneur. He has worked with numerous firms, including IDEO, Metadesign, Studio Dumbar, Wolff Olins and Apple. During his years at Apple he was instrumental in the design of packaging for a number of generations of iPod, Macintosh and iMac. Josh is the founder of Shift (, a font foundry, and LiveSurface (, an online library of layered template images.


Kenneth B. Drake '80
Senior Project Executive, EYP Architecture and Engineering

Mr. Drake provides the firm expertise in the design and execution of science-based and highly technical research and development projects for academic, government, corporate and developer clients. Mr. Drake is a graduate of the New Jersey School of Architecture.


Michael Farewell, FAIA
Partner, Ford, Farewell, Mills & Gatsch; Princeton, New Jersey

Mr. Farewell is one of four partners, and Director of Design and Ford, Farewell, Mills and Gatsch, one of the state’s largest and most respected firms. The award-winning architecture firm’s work includes that of historic preservation, planning and interior design. Mr. Farewell’s work has been widely published in professional publications.


Scott Fishbone
Principal, Atkins Associates

Scott Fishbone has been associated with the Atkins Companies as the principal in Atkins Realty Group, a division of the Atkins Companies responsible for land acquisition, site approvals and development.


Peter Gluck
President, Peter Gluck & Partners

Mr. Gluck’s firm is a NYC based architectural firm which also integrates construction management into its practice.  They have designed and built schools, residences, religious buildings, hotels and offices throughout the United States.


Matthew Jarmel, AIA, MBA '90
Principal, Jarmel Kizel Architects & Engineers

Mr. Jarmel is the Principal of Jarmel, Kizel, Architects & Engineers, a regional firm which provides architectural and engineering services, project management, interior design services and zoning board and code consultation. He also serves as President of the NJSOA Dean’s Executive Council, an alumni organization.


Allan Kehrt
Principal, KSS Architects

Mr. Kehrt is one of the founders of KSS Architects of Princeton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA.


Jeffrey J. Milanaik '80
CEO,  CrownPoint Group, LLC

Mr. Milanaik leads a privately held real estate development and construction firm offering Project Development, Urban Redevelopment, Construction Management, General Contracting, Owner Representation, Consulting, and Disaster Rebuild Services to entities, companies and corporations throughout the business world.


Karen Nichols
Principal, Michael Graves & Associates; Princeton, NJ

Ms. Nichols is a Principal at Michael Graves & Associates, with overall responsibility for managing the practice. MGA has developed an innovative practice model, integrating architecture, interior design and product design.


Gregg Pasquarelli
Principal, SHoP Architecture

Mr. Pasquarelli is Principal of an award winning, NYC based architectural firm


Jeanne K. Perantoni, AIA
Principal, SSP Architectural Group

Ms. Perantoni is the Principal of SSP Architectural Group, which specializes in educational facility planning.  Ms. Perantoni received the 1998 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International, and the “Excellence in Design” Citation from the National School Boards Association Journal, Learning by Design. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International. A Principal of SSP, Ms. Perantoni holds a Masters in Architecture, 1982, from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning, 1978, from Princeton University.


William J. Rosato
President, Alpine Development Partners

Mr. Rosato’s firm specializes in high-quality, urban, multi-family developments.


Edward N. Rothe, FAIA
Senior Partner, RJF Fletcher Thompson Architecture; Edison, New Jersey

Mr. Rothe is Co-founder and Senior Partner of Rothe-Johnson-Fantracone (RJF). One of the largest architectural firms in New Jersey, RJF designs award-winning buildings in a broad and diverse field that includes health care, laboratory and research, office and corporate headquarters, government, hospitality and education. Mr. Rothe has been a major supporter of the NJSOA and has actively recruited NJSOA graduates for his firm.


John Ruga
President, Northeast Precast, LLC

Mr. Ruga heads Northeast Precast, which manufactures and installs precast concrete products for commercial and residential projects in  New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Maryland. 

Michael Schmerbeck
President, Backbrook Masonry

 In addition to heading Backbrook Masonry, Mr. Schmerbeck is the President of the Masonry Contractors of New Jersey.


Ronald H. Schmidt, AIA
President & CEO, Ronald Schmidt & Associates, P.A.; Englewood, New Jersey


Aaron B. Schwarz
Principal & Director, Perkins Eastman


Thomas J. Walsh President
P.E. Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young

Mr. Walsh’s firm provides a full range of commercial real estate services.