OUR TEAM

We are your team. We immerse ourselves in each client’s culture to better understand their objectives, so on any given project we really are all on the same team. Chances are we will deliver a solution you didn’t know you wanted, but one that is better than you imagined. We are the people who know how to ask the right questions, and who enjoy working together to find the best answers. We bring together diverse personalities and insights to offer the best architectural and planning services. We listen, set goals, and arrive at the best solutions by working together. Let our team help achieve your goals.

 

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Kevin M Settembrino
AIA, LEED AP

Principal

As the founding Principal of Settembrino Architects, Kevin Settembrino serves as Director for all projects within the New Jersey/New York area. With over twenty-two years of professional practice experience, he leads design, documentation and project closeout.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kevin holds a Bachelor of Architecture in addition to a long list of project experience. He is a LEED Accredited Professional for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a Registered Architect with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Kevin is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Kevin Settembrino has served as Committeeman for Middletown Township since 2011 in addition to being a member of both the Middletown Township Planning Board and Zoning Board. He joined the Planning Board in 2011 and the Zoning Board in 2010. Former professional affiliation includes, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority [NJTPA] from 2001-2003, Middletown Township Library Member in 2011, East Rutherford Councilman from 1996-2006 and East Rutherford Planning Board Member from  1994-2006.

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Rita Settembrino
Associate AIA, LEED AP
Principal

With over 15 years of architectural design experience, Rita is responsible for the management of all phases of a project including programming construction documents and construction administration. At the completion of each project, she is responsible for ensuring that the project deliverable is accomplished. Rita’s extensive experience in client service and her strong interpersonal skills lend to her success as a principal.

As a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Magna cum Laude, Rita holds a Bachelor of Architecture as well as a Bachelor of Science, Architecture. She is a LEED Accredited Professional  for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


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George T Kopec
AIA LEED AP, BD+C
Senior Project Architect

George joined the firm with almost 40 years of professional experience. George is responsible for all planning, programming, architectural and construction achievements. He has exposure to a broad range of building types and extensive experience dealing successfully with a diverse range of clients including public, corporate, speculative developer and private commercial.

George holds an Associates of Science Degree from Mercer County Community College and graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Architecture and a year of independent study at the Boston Architectural Center. He has a USABC LEED Professional Credential and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the US Green Building Council.

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J. Lance Smith
AIA
Senior Project Architect

Lance has joined the firm with over 45 years of professional experience. Lance is responsible for all planning, programming, architectural and construction documents. He has exposure to a broad range of building types and extensive exposure dealing successfully with a diverse range of clients: including; public, corporate, speculative developer and private commercial.

A graduate of University of Natal in South Africa, Lance holds a Bachelor of Architecture in addition a Master of Architecture from the University of Philadelphia. He also has a MSC Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. Lance has professional affiliations with American Institute of Architects, Institute of South African Architects, and ZwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture.


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Marissa A Iamello
AIA + LEED BD + C
Project Architect

Marissa joins the firm with over 12 years of professional experience. She has worked on a variety of project types including residential, commercial, and higher education. Working closely with clients and user groups, she excels in programming, planning, and design for educational buildings.

Marissa graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects where she serves as the AIA Jersey Shore’s President. She also holds LEED BD+C credentials. Marissa is a licensed architect in the state of New Jersey.

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Hinal Patel
Project Designer

Hinal joins the firm with comprehensive experience. She has worked on a variety of projects including high-rise residential buildings, commercial buildings, federal buildings, multi-family housing, and shopping complexes. Hinal works closely with her clients and all consultants to ensure that all stages and requirements of the design have been met. She is excellent in planning, designing, programming, and construction documents.

Hinal graduated from Gujarat University in India with a Bachelor of Architecture.


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Shannon Q Pahler
Marketing Coordinator + Graphic Designer

Shannon handles the coordination of all RFP + RFQs for the company, as well as all graphic design tasks which include but are not limited to the following: Print advertisements, web design + updates, colored plans + elevations, and e-blasts.

Shannon hosts a wealth of knowledge and skill in the marketing and graphic design fields. Previously the Marketing + Design Coordinator at The Serhant Team in New York City, she brings her knowledge of New York City mass marketing to quaint Red Bank, NJ. Shannon prides herself on providing her clients with exceptional service and stunning results.

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Andrea Kocak
Executive Assistant

Andrea supports the managing Principals + staff with general organizational operations, coordinates projects during the bidding + construction phases, handles administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, answering phones, and expediting project deliverables. She works with the team's bookkeeper on billing, invoicing, and other tasks.

Andrea is a graduate of Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism.


Settembrino Architects Summer 2019 Intern: Valerie Taranto