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Seth Leeb from Seth A. Leeb Architect of Parsippany, NJ has been formally recognized as the 2022 Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in New Jersey. Seth Leeb is a very familiar name to many AlA affiliated architects across the state of New Jersey. With a long, unrelenting commitment to advancing the architectural profession, Seth has held leadership position after leadership position within AlA NJ and AIA Newark & Suburban (N&S). Simultaneously, Leeb has built a well-respected, award-winning, eponymous firm that celebrates its 25th year in business in 2023. Year in and year out, he balances high quality creative design, outstanding customer rapport and a willingness to mentor the next generation of architects with his devoted service to AlA and the community at large.
Work in New Jersey
Despite the tremendous effort it takes to successfully run a business and balance family life, Seth allots significant time each year to community service. He offers professional expertise for the betterment of others, particularly as part of Morris Habitat for Humanity's building efforts. It is with Morris Habitat for Humanity that Leeb has really immersed himself and his firm, providing quality designs that can be built by volunteers and provide necessary affordable housing to those who truly need it. Often, the sites selected are in established neighborhoods that are resistant to affordable housing. Whether he is before a Municipal Board arguing for approvals of additions to an affluent single-family residence or a six-unit Habitat project, Seth's approach is the same.
To provide a well-designed plan that will fit into the community, so that architecturally it can break the stigma that affordable housing means shoddy design and the lowering of property values and instead highlight the reality that everyone benefits from superior design. Something of particular concern to first-time homeowners are ongoing costs - Seth truly understands this and has ensured every Habitat housing unit and/or single-family home has the highest Energy Star rating possible. On top of this, he has designed Habitat Net-Zero houses that have been built with sustainability carefully integrated on so many levels.
Seth A. Leeb Architect
Celebrates 25 Years in Business
It is no easy feat to establish an architectural firm and make it successful - especially given the market variables of the last quarter century. With a tremendous amount of persistence and resilience, Seth has succeeded in growing a business with a highly diversified client base. Seth A. Leeb Architect has completed projects in 17 of New Jersey's 21 counties, earning a well-deserved reputation for excellent design, as well as mentoring the next generation of architects as interns and new hires. Seth is proud to celebrate 25 successful years in business this year, along with being formally recognized at the state level for his life’s work. He states, “For many years, I have had the qualifications and achievements that mark the recipient of the AlA NJ Architect of the Year, but I never applied for the award. This year, as my eponymous firm, Seth A. Leeb Architect, celebrates 25 years in business, I have decided to pursue this honor.”
For decades, Seth has given back to the AIA, as a leader in the chapter, the state, and the region. He has long been considered a volunteer who can be counted on to do everything in his power to meet AIA goals, encourage others involvement in the organization and work diligently towards its improvement. His deep and unwavering commitment to service has promoted superior architectural design and improved the visibility of architecture in the State of New Jersey for the better.