CoAD Advisory Board

The CoAD Advisory Board is a body of informed professionals representing the design and construction industry in the metropolitan area.  All are CEOs or partners in design, construction and real estate firms, an imposing group of leading players in the building and design community. The purpose of the professional Advisory Board is to help set the direction for the future of the College and to provide career advice to our students through small group encounters. Our board members represent a broad range of professional and societal perspectives which help us to formulate the kind of education programs that appropriately anticipate the needs of the profession, the industry and our society.

Ten years ago, the College expanded from its historical roots as the New Jersey School of Architecture by adding programs in Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Digital Design. As our graduates infiltrate these fields, it is important that our Advisory Board reflects the full range of educational degree programs and career tracks in the College, a process now underway. 

The College gratefully acknowledges the time and dedication provided by its board members:

Stephen P. Aluotto, AIA ’79
President, Nadasky Kopelson
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
CEO, RBH Group,
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,
Mr. Brown’s company are builders and construction managers of commercial and residential real estate.

Tom Bury, ‘02
CEO, Division 9 Construction

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.

Urs Gauchat
Dean Emeritus, NJIT College of Architecture and Design

Peter Gluck
President, GLUCK+
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. (

Samer Hanini, ‘99
Principal, Hanini Group

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

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

Marc Parette, AIA ‘83
Principal, Parette Somjen Architects

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.

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.

David K. Williams, AIA
Partner, Davis Brody Bond