Robert Sussna, AIA, Emeritus  

Architect, Painter, Photographer, Planner, & Interior Designer


Mr. Sussna has been an award-winning architect, photographer, planner, and painter for more than 50 years. He practiced architecture as principal of Sussna Architects, PA., with offices in Princeton, New Jersey, and New York City after working in prominent firms in New York and   Princeton. 

Sussna originated approximately 500 major architectural designs for educational institutions, business corporations, health institutions, not-for-profit organizations, state and federal agencies across the middle-Atlantic states. He has over 40 years of experience with practice and contractual issues of the design professions and the construction industry, and has counseled other architectural firms and insurance companies on these matters.  He also practiced architectural forensics for national and regional law firms and insurance underwriters .

His photography has been exhibited in one-man exhibitions at major museums, including the State Museum of New Jersey, Hoboken Museum, and the Newark Museum.   It ws purchased by the Mercer County NJ Cultural & Heritage Commission, and is in private exhibitions.  It was published in the New York Times..

He started watercolor painting in 2004 during a vacation trip to Italy, and has subsequently been selected for inclusion in over 40 open, juried national and regional competitive exhibitions. He has won signature membership in several recognized watercolor societies, including the Garden State Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, wining prestigious awards along the way. 


Academic Background

Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1963

Advanced Studies in Structural Design, Cornell University, 1963 

Coursework in Engineering Law, Cornell University Law School, 1960

          Unofficial Audit in Architectural Design, Princeton University, 1975

   Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, Columbia University, Graduate School of Education

   Adjunct Professor of Interior and Environmental Design, College of New Jersey


Service to the Profession

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Emeritus Member, 2009 to present

Corporate Member, 1968-2009

National Health Care & Research Committee

National Practice Committee

Presenter at National Grass Roots (Strategic Planning for Components)

AIA New Jersey Chapter, (AIANJ)

Treasurer, 1994

Chairman, Budget & Finance Committee, 1994

Secretary, 1993

Chairman, Governance Task Force, 1993

By Laws Committee, 1993

Personnel Committee, 1993

Membership Committee, 1993

Member of the Board of Directors

Chairman, Planning Board Task Force

Originator of the Strategic Planning Task Force

Chairman, Governance Task Force

AIA Central New Jersey Section, (AIACNJ)

 Past President, 1999

 Chairman, Nominating Committee, 1993

 President, 1992

 Chairman, Newsletter, 1992

 President Elect, 1991

Chairman, Practice Committee, 1991

Chairman, Program Committee, 1991

Chairman, Public Relations Committee

Second Vice President, 1990

Board of Directors


Service to the Community

Commissioner, Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission

American Correctional Association, Professional Member

American Society of Hospital Engineers (ASHE), Member

Hopewell Township Planning Board Member

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), Certified Mentor


Achievements & Recognition

Award-winning Architect, Painter, and Photographer

Special Award of Merit” in Design from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects                       

New Jersey State Museum Bicentennial Exhibition of Award Winning Designs

Fellowship grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Published in New Jersey Architecture, New Jersey Bar Journal, Law Office Economics and Management, and 1000 Architects.

 Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, New Providence, NJ, 49th Edition, 1995 & 6.

Who’s Who in Science & Engineering, Marquis Who’s Who, New Providence, NJ, 2nd Edition, 1993

Who’s Who in the East, Marquis Who’s Who, New Providence, NJ, 24th Edition, 1992, & 25th Edition, 1994

Who’s Who in New Jersey, Publishers Plus, Weehawken, NJ, 1992 Edition

Men of Achievement, International Biographical Centre, 1994

Recipient of the first “Award of Recognition for Commitment to Design for the Disabled” from the Easter Seal Society of New Jersey

Member of Orion Group/DPIC Insurance Co. Panel of experts in Architecture


Areas of Expertise


Architectural Contracts

Building Code Violation/Compliance

Building Design

Built-up Roofing/Thermal Shock

Codes & Standards

Construction Defects

Construction Management

Construction Materials Evaluation

Construction Permit Management

Copyright Infringement

Design and Analysis

Environmental Remediation of Air-Quality Defects

 Life Safety

Planning & Zoning

Project Management

Repair/Rehabilitation Design

Retail Tenant Improvements