Leadership

Lance Blake, R.A, A.I.A, LEED AP President

Lance-BlakeAs the son of founding partner Edward Blake, Lance Blake absorbed the virtues of great design and creative solutions at a very early age. Lance joined the firm in 1984 and within a few years became Director of Design. Proving himself in that capacity led to his promotion as President and Managing Principal. His philosophies of principal oversight and direct involvement in each project from inception earned him a reputation beyond reproach in the industry. He is responsible for a wide variety of projects including corporate, institutional, cultural, education, medical and master planned development.

Considered a ‘developer’s architect,’ Lance displays comprehensive knowledge and sensitivity to real estate developers’ needs and concerns. His work is widely known throughout the real estate community as innovative and forward thinking, in addition to practical, thoughtful, intelligent and flexible. Mindful of changing conditions throughout a building’s life cycle, Lance creates designs that have been and will always be highly adaptive to those conditions.

Over the course of his career, Lance has designed and directed more than 100,000,000 square feet of base building core and shell, interior design and renovation / adaptive reuse projects. He and his firm have received numerous design and business industry awards for innovative design and the economic impact on communities.

“The size of the firm often surprises people. Considered small in comparison to the size of the projects we handle, the quality of work is exemplary, and we operate on the same playing field as larger firms. The difference, of course, is our personal involvement and commitment to building long-term relationships.” – Lance Blake

 

Education
Bachelor of Architecture | Tulane University
Masters of Architecture | Tulane University

Professional Affiliations| Registrations
NJ Society of Architecture / AIA / NAIOP / ULI
Registered architect in: NJ, PA, TX, NY, FL, CT

Cammy Hardison, IIDA, NCIDQ Director of Interiors

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From an early age Cammy knew she loved to design and create space.  With 26 years in the interior design and architectural industry she has gained experience working with various business markets on strategies to improve the user experience within the built environment.

Cammy is a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer who brings a unique combination of strategic and creative vision with design leadership specializing in international and domestic Workplace, Education, Mixed-Use, and Hospitality projects.  As a leader within the design community Cammy has held an adjunct faculty position at the Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ.  She is also a former Associate at large architectural firms within New Jersey/New York and has traveled and worked abroad.

At the foundation of her approach, is an emphasis on team synergy and developing an understanding of the key business drivers unique to each client and project challenge.  Cammy is an advocate for the client, striving for the best solutions and design possibilities while keeping focused on the client’s vision and needs.  As Director of Interiors, Cammy is leading the effort to diversify and grow the firm’s interiors portfolio.

 

Education
Bachelor of Architecture | Hampton University

Professional Affiliations
| Registrations
IIDA – International Interior Design Association
NCIDQ Certification

Aavart Patel NCARB, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Director of Projects

Aavart has over 15 years of experience in architectural design and construction of commercial, retail, corporate, single and multi-family residential, religious-community, nursing home and educational buildings. His broad range of expertise includes design and visualization, schedule and budget goals, comprehensive construction documentation and detailing and construction administration. As Director of Projects, Aavart is responsible for setting and overseeing QAQC standards and project schedules for the firm, with an emphasis on comprehensive design-documentation.

With extensive knowledge of building systems and construction technology, Aavart has successfully completed a wide variety of buildings with an emphasis on Commercial, Retail and Mixed-use buildings. Aavart is a LEED AP specializing in Building Design and Construction (BD+C). He has been involved in the feasibility study, evaluation and certification of various LEED projects and rating systems.

 

Education
Masters of Architecture | University of Buffalo
Bachelor of Architecture | Institute of Environmental Design

Professional Affiliations| Registrations
American Institute Of Architects (AIA) New Jersey Society of Architects
GBCI and USGBC – LEED AP BD+C

Edwin Yanga, AIA Project Manager

Edwin is a Project Manager with over 20 years of experience in architectural and construction management projects in the United States, Singapore, and Southeast Asia. Edwin plays an active role in all phases of project implementation from initial programming through construction phase services. His broad range of technical experience coupled with his knowledge of building codes, Building Information Modeling (BIM) management and excellent design background enable him to work creatively and within budget.

Edwin is responsible for implementing and overseeing Virtual Reality technologies for the firm. His primary focus is integrating visualization software into the design process resulting in sustainable immersive environments that communicate concepts through all phases of the project. His commitment to design excellence and passion for architecture are evident in his extensive portfolio of successfully completed projects.

 

Education
Bachelor of Science in Architecture | Mapua Institute of Technology, Philippines
Special Courses on General Structures and Lateral Forces | New York University

Professional Affiliations| Registrations
American Institute Of Architects (AIA) New Jersey Society of Architects
Registered Architect in New York

Isabel Turner, Marketing Director

Isabel comes to Rotwein+Blake with 15 years of experience working in the commercial real estate industry. Having worked with some of the top project management and brokerage firms in New Jersey, she has a broad network that spans from service providers to real estate professionals. With the experience and relationships she has established over that time, Isabel has been able to engage in business development efforts and strengthen existing client relationships to drive R+B forward.

As the Director of Marketing, Isabel’s primary focus is the development and execution of marketing communications and strategy. Since joining the firm Isabel has implemented a ground up strategy for re-establishing and underscoring R+B as a high-end design firm. This started with the implementation of the firm’s new brand into a fully integrated marketing strategy, including the use of social and print media, as well as, engagement in industry-relevant awards and events.

 

Education
Bachelor of Science in Marketing | Kean University