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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Elisabeth Seaman
Executive Assistant

With six years in account management, Elisabeth supports the daily activities of the office and coordinates project timelines and organizational functions. She worked for multiple years in the marketing department of two Boston based architecture firms giving her the knowledge and understanding to ensure clients and staff are receiving the communication they need. Elisabeth is a graduate of Gordon College with a Bachelors in Communications and minors in Art and English.

Kristine Annunziata
Marketing Coordinator + Graphic Designer

A graduate of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ, Kristine holds a Bachelors of Fine Art with a minor in Graphic Design. Her prior positions include over 8 years in creative design, management, marketing, corporate and consumer goods. She is currently focusing more of her career in the marketing and graphic design field.

Gabriella Perry
Architectural Intern

Gabriella is currently in her second year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She started with the firm in May 2016. She has a passion for design and architecture which drives her to improve her abilities and expand her knowledge of the work environment.