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May 12, 2016: RGA was part of the project team that won the 26th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for the Restoration of the Dey Mansion, Passaic County’s premier Revolutionary War era museum, constructed circa 1772.

 

February 26, 2015: RGA was part of two project teams that won New Jersey's Leading Infrastructure Projects Awards from the New Jersey Alliance for Action, one for the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge Project and the other for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s Garden State Parkway Great Egg Harbor Bridge Project.


January 30, 2014: RGA was part of the project team that won the Distinguished Engineering Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action for the Reconstruction of Monmouth County Bridge S-17.  The bridge carries West Front Street over the Swimming River between Middletown and Red Bank, New Jersey.


November 1, 2013: RGA’s publication, Next Stop Metuchen: Three Railroads Shape a Crossroads Community, recognized as the Best Official New Jersey Publication in 2013 by the Documents Association of New Jersey.

 

May 17, 2008: RGA was part of the project team that won the 18th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for the Rehabilitation of County Bridge No. C0601. The bridge spans the North Branch of the Raritan River between Hillsborough and Branchburg Townships in Somerset County, New Jersey.

 

April 27, 2007: RGA was part of the project team that won the 17th Annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Award for the Rehabilitation of Co. Bridge No. E0801. The bridge spans the North Branch of the Raritan River between Raritan Borough and Hillsborough Township in Somerset County, New Jersey.



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Sonja Lengel is an architectural historian who joined the RGA staff in June 2016. Ms. Lengel received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design and Minor in Art History from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004, and a Master’s in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2016. Interested in vernacular architecture, her studies focused on regional Philadelphia architecture, writing her thesis on historic bee houses and historic beekeeping. Ms. Lengel has previous work experience in commercial and adaptive reuse interiors. She has worked for numerous non-profit organizations including the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Jefferson County Historical Society, conserving historic buildings, event planning, and designing museum exhibits. She is enthusiastic about her next chapter of her career with RGA.


Lauren M. Szeber is an architectural historian who joined the RGA staff in February 2016. Ms. Szeber received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Boston University in 2009 and Master’s in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012. Influenced by her experience in historical archaeology, her studies focused on materials conservation and wrote her thesis on early American stained glass. Ms. Szeber went on to pursue the craft, fine-tuning her conservation skills at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later serving as the Design Historian and Conservator for the oldest continually-operated stained glass studio in America. She has worked for numerous non-profit organizations including Historic New England and Eastern State Penitentiary. She is excited to start a new chapter in her preservation career at RGA.


Teresa Dujnic Bulger has joined the RGA staff as an historian and archaeologist. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Bulger completed her undergraduate and graduate work in New England. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley in 2013, where her research focused on the history and archaeology of the African American families in Boston and Nantucket during the nineteenth century. Following this, she worked as a Cultural Resources Project Director in the San Francisco Bay area, focusing on the historic archaeological resources of San Francisco and the surrounding communities. Ms. Bulger’s research in San Francisco focused on family life in the late-nineteenth-century working class South of Market neighborhood. In addition to this, she also directed research on the site of the California’s first industrial sugar concern, the San Francisco and Pacific Sugar Refinery, and the Progressive-Era homestead of an affluent San Francisco family. Ms. Bulger’s research interests include the history of parenting, childhood, and the ways that gender, class, and racial ideologies shaped the ideals associated with these roles. She is also interested in how regional and local identities are formed around a variety of economic and social interests in the past and present. Ms. Bulger is excited to return to the Garden State and looks forward to being involved in a variety of projects with RGA.


Robert J. Wise, Jr. has joined the RGA staff as Principal Senior Architectural Historian with an extensive background in historic preservation planning. Mr. Wise, who holds a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's of Management, Business Administration from Penn State, previously served as President of Wise Preservation Planning LLC, of Chester Springs, PA. Over the past 22 years, he has developed an excellent reputation as a historic preservation planner working with a variety of clientele throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and the greater Mid-Atlantic region. His experience includes comprehensive, open space and master plan elements, intensive level historic architectural surveys, structures reports and impact studies, National Register and National Historic Landmark nominations, battlefield preservation, historic resource protection ordinances, municipal planning assistance, conservation easement drafting and documentation, grant writing, and site interpretation. As Senior Planner - Historic Preservation at the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center in Chadds Ford he drafted the historic preservation section of the Center’s Environmental Management Handbook, a local planning tool used throughout Southeast Pennsylvania. An early member of the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force, he also helped develop and coordinate the Brandywine Battlefield Conservation Easement Initiative: a two-county, five-municipality program to identify and protect critical battlefield sites. This led to a multi-million dollar program (and a U.S. Congressional Act) to purchase development rights and easements on the most critical parcels on that battlefield. Mr. Wise is a founding member and former President of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, a county-wide historic preservation advocacy and information organization with over 700 members. In Tredyffrin Township, he served on the Historical and Architectural Review Board for 10 years, including five as chairman. In 2001, Mr. Wise helped establish the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust to save the circa-1782 Jones Log Barn. He has served on the boards of the Eagles Mere Conservancy, the Open Land Conservancy of Chester County, and the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. He now serves on the West Vincent Township Historical Committee, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust, and the Berwick Stuart Tank Committee.


Seth B. Hinshaw has joined the RGA staff as Senior Historian. Mr. Hinshaw, previously a Senior Preservation Planner with Wise Preservation Planning, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 with a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation. He has written or contributed to 18 nominations for buildings or districts successfully listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Oxford Historic District in Chester County and the Bangor Historic District located in Northampton County. Mr. Hinshaw has also contributed to several municipal surveys, most notably a survey of East Bradford Township that won an award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and a survey of Erie County, the largest single survey in Pennsylvania history, documenting over 31,000 historic properties. As part of the later survey, he created the website eriebuildings.info to report the results of the survey, with a webpage for each historic property. Mr. Hinshaw currently serves on the board of the Friends Historical Association, which coordinates the efforts of Quaker historians nationwide, and the Chester County Historic Preservation Network. He also served for eight years on the Downingtown Historical and Parks Commission, helping preserve the circa-1703 Downingtown Log House and helping plan the Borough's 150th celebration in 2009. He has written and/or lectured on various topics, including architectural styles, historic research methods, barn chronology, and the architecture of houses of worship. He has also authored or co-authored three local commemorative booklets and four academic articles, one of which was the article “How Colonial is Colonial Religious Architecture?” for the Tredyffrin-Easttown Historical Society Quarterly, documenting the connection between religious architectural trends in England in the 1600s and religious architecture of Anglicans, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Quakers, and Baptists in the English colonies prior to the Revolution.


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