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Qualifications


William J. Martin, R. A., AIA, P.P., LEED AP-H, N.C.A.R.B. is the Principal Architect and guiding influence of the firm.
WJM Career History

  • Mr. Martin was educated at Carnegie-Mellon University, College of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Pittsburgh, PA (U.S.A.) and Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York City, (U.S.A.).
  • While at Carnegie-Mellon ('81- '84), he studied Architecture and Managerial Economics, and received a FIRST PLACE DESIGN AWARD in the annual Spring Carnival design / build competition as Co-chairman and Chief Designer for the winning campus organization. Click here to see article (use BACK button to return here)

    At Pratt Institute ('84-'88), he studied architecture and it's relationship to the economics of real estate development and received his Architecture Degree (BArch) with Honors (Pratt 1988).

  • Mr. Martin has over 30 years of Architectural experience, and interned with three New Jersey Architectural firms prior to starting the WJM Architect firm in 1991.
  • A Licensed Architect in five States -- New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
  • A Member of the American Institute of Architects.
  • A Licensed Professional Planner, Mr. Martin appears frequently before planning and zoning boards throughout New Jersey and other States on behalf of clients regarding municipal zoning issues.
  • A Member of the American Planning Association
  • As an expert witness, in the case of Lamart Corporation vs. Mayor and Municipal Council of the City of Clifton, NJ, Mr. Martin's expert Architecture and Professional Planning testimony was cited as instrumental in affirming the granting of the variances by the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division. (Docket No. A-1883-01T5 appeal decided Aug. 4, 2003).

  • Mr. Martin is a NJ licensed Building Inspector- HHS Class 1 License, a NJ licensed Building Subcode Official and a NJ licensed Construction Official and is familiar with all building code requirements and building department permit procedures.
  • WJM Architect is a Member Organization of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • William J. Martin, is a certified LEED AP-Homes design professional. Mr. Martin has been certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a green building rating system by which buildings are designed, constructed and rated for energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity. Buildings are designed and built using environmentally responsible construction materials and methods.
  • Awards and Honors:

    Mr. Martin honored for design by American Institute of Architects - New Jersey (AIA-NJ) with a TOP TEN GREEN PROJECT MERIT AWARD. (Click here to see winning design)
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    Mr. Martin honored with Trustee Award from ARCHITECTS LEAGUE OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY (ALNNJ) for outstanding contribution to the profession in the past year -- Winter 2015

    Martins honored by N.J. Senate and General Assembly with a Joint Legislative Resolution. Click here to see Resolution. (use BACK button to return here)

    Martins honored by U.S. Congressman with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Click here to see Certificate. (use BACK button to return here)

    WJM featured on the cover of Pascack Valley Magazine -- Fall 2006

    WJM project featured on HGTV Generation Renovation -- Winter 2006

    THIS OLD HOUSE Magazine, with a national circulation of nearly One million copies per month, publishes a WJM Architect project.

    Parian Jewelers (First National Bank of Westwood) Westwood, NJ. wins COMMENDATION AWARD as an excellent example of Historic Preservation effort. Click here to see AWARD.(use BACK button to return here)

    Pascack Historical Society facility- Park Ridge, NJ. wins COMMENDATION AWARD as an excellent example of Historic Preservation effort. Click here to see picture (use BACK button to return here)

    Private Home 489 Fairview Ave. Westwood, NJ. wins COMMENDATION AWARD as an excellent example of Historic Preservation effort. Click here to see AWARD. (use BACK button to return here)

    WJM website received the Premier "Labore &c. Praemium" AWARD for simplicity and elegance in website design.

    WJM website featured in ARCHITECT ON LINE magazine.

    Bogert Built Furniture Office (WJM Offices) / Apartment - Westwood, NJ. wins COMMENDATION AWARD as an excellent example of Historic Preservation effort. Click here to see pictures (use BACK button to return here)

    Government Appointments and Community Service:

    Mr. Martin is an appointed member of the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board.

    Mr. Martin is an appointed member of Closter Historic Preservation Commission, Closter, NJ.

    Mr. Martin has been repeatedly appointed to, and elected Chairman to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Westwood, NJ. --WJM re-appointed to 6th four year term on Jan. 6th 2015.--

    Mr. Martin has been repeatedly appointed to the Planning Board, Westwood, NJ.

    Mr. Martin donated his architectural services for the design of the Baseball Association Field House, Meadowbrook Field, Westwood, NJ.

    Mr. Martin donated his architectural services for the design of the Westwood Ambulance Corp Office at Boro Hall, Westwood, NJ.

    Mr. Martin donated his architectural services for the design of the Westwood Building Department Offices, Westwood, NJ.

    Mr. Martin has advised officials on various projects and assisted Westwood elected officials when requested, Westwood, NJ.

    Mr. Martin is active in the following Professional Associations:

    American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    AIA New Jersey

    Architects League of Northern New Jersey

    U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

    American Planning Association (APA)

    New Jersey Planning Officials (NJPO)

    International Code Council (ICC)

    National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

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