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Joseph Vajda, AIA, LEED bd+c, Principal, Aria Group

As a Principal, Joe provides overall leadership to the firm on matters of construction technology and sustainability and he communicates his knowledge to all the studios. Whether he is providing hands-on assistance or serving as an advisor, Joe provides Aria Group with a firm foundation of technical understanding and ecological efforts. To that end, Joe focuses on implementing office wide quality control procedures and standards as well as the technical education of the staff. It is this high regard for thorough documentation, diligent construction administration and interest in conservation which has helped fuel Aria Group’s reputation and growth since the start of the firm.

Within his studio, Joe has managed the development and growth of a number of national multi-unit clients as well as working with independent restaurateurs. Joe has also overseen numerous international projects with locations as diverse as the Middle East, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica and South America. In 2009, Joe also became a LEED© Accredited Professional and has completed LEED© Certified Gold projects in the firm.

Joe is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Fire Protection Association and he has served as a board member on the Historic Preservation Commission of his home town where he wrote numerous articles on technical issues for the newsletter. Joe is also a past member of Vistage, an executive organization that meets monthly to discuss business strategies, best business practices, leadership styles, and other leadership training topics to enhance decision making and business performance.

Joe received his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Construction Technology from Purdue University in 1987. He previously worked at Bernheim & Kahn Architects in Chicago where he met his future partners Walt and Jim. He received his architectural license in 1995, is licensed in multiple states and is registered for self-certification work in the City of Chicago.