The Studio Team

Joel Ives, AIA is the architect of record on more than 2000 projects of every building type from coast to coast. His experience includes design, management, planning, scheduling, quality control and, presenting projects for approval before Zoning and Planning Boards. Mr. Ives is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and has won the Director’s Award of the Architect’s League of Northern New Jersey on three occasions. He was also given the honor of “Architect of the Year” by the Architect’s League.  Mr. Ives has served as an “Expert Witness” in cases regarding building failures and has been selected as a judge in national design competitions.  In 2006, Mr. Ives was honored with a Historic Preservation Commendation Award for his work at the Radburn Building in Fair Lawn, NJ.  He won three design awards presented by the New York Construction News. One project was for a The Sound Aquaculture School in Connecticut.  The second was for his involvement at the World Trade Center site and the third was for his work at the Jamaica Rail Station.  He has worked with the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey on a number of security projects.  Mr. Ives founded The Ives Group,  Architect/Planners in 1979.  He was the senior partner of the IS&L Architecture Studio. He is the “Associate Architect” of the Temporary Rail Station at “Ground Zero” in New York City. Mr. Ives was presented awards from Bergen County, The State of New Jersey and the Federal Government for his work on restoring the historic Radburn Building.  Recently, his firm The Ives Architecture Studio returned to the historic Radburn Building.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture
CCNY School of Architecture, NY

Bachelor of Architecture, 1967

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design – Country Club Design

Registered Architect of NJ, NY, CO, FL, OH, PA, WA, VT
NCARB certificate holder
Professional Planner : NJ
AIA Member

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce
The Architect’s League of Northern New Jersey
Knights of Pythias
National Historic Trust
New Jersey Society of Architects (NJAIA) 

C.C.N.Y Alumni Association

Joel Ives

Tony Kowidge began his career before graduating in 2003 from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY following his lengthy service in the US Marines.  Since then, he has participated in many building types from designing horse stables to sky-scraping hotels.  His experience includes: residential homes and apartment buildings, dormitories, chapels, research centers, parking garages and commercial developments.  Mr. Kowidge also is a published designer, having won awards for his residential work and land development proposals.  He is equally experienced in project administration – with bidding and value engineering to managing construction services.  His typical day could range from preparing preliminary sketches to assisting our clients with the final touches before occupying a building.

Mr. Kowidge possesses a  fine understanding for construction detail in the design process.  Whether it comes from the precision of his Marine Corps experience, or from his abilities as a fine woodworker, he can comprehend the needs of a situation and find the most pleasing and innovative solution for it.

Projects of Merit:

Hollow Brook Kitchen Renovation
Centerport Beach House Renovation
Bloomfield College Library Addition
Bloomfield College Dormitory
Bloomfield College Science Hall Plaza
Orange County Development Project
Weehawkin Hotel Study
Woolworth Building Reception Desk
Rockaway Beach House

Civic Affliations

Vice Commander for American Legion Post #1, Leonia, NJ
Tony Kowidge

Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, NCARB has a BS in architectural technology from the New York Institute of Technology. He worked for Lehman Architectural Partnership during the 1970’s and 80’s becoming a partner in 2001. During a tenure with Toys “R” Us, he was responsible for hundreds Kids “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores.

Mr. Eben worked with Beth Israel Medical Center as Architect and Director of Construction, where he coordinated the 1990 major expansion to the existing 1.2M sq. ft. – 550-bed hospital, including the construction of a new critical care unit constructed above the existing hospital. He is the architect of record for the ambulatory care clinic for Irvington (N.J.) GeneralHospital. Mr. Eben was a facilities team leader at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) where he designed expansion of a computer facility and warehouse operations at the company headquarters along with the build out of numerous office spaces nationwide and into Canada.

His expertise encompasses forensic architecture related to construction fraud litigation, as well as planning and zoning work for his fellow New Jersey colleagues.

Licensed to practice architecture in 18 States, Mr. Eben is a licensed planner and certified interior designer in New Jersey.  He has been active in the AIA serving twice as president of Newark and Suburban Section; Mr. Eben has also filled every elected officer position in the statewide organization (AIANJ), including president.  Nationally, he’s been a member of the Credentials Committee and is currently the AIANJ Regional Director, with a seat on the National Board of the American Institute of Architects affording him close relationships with architects around the country.  He serves on the Advocacy Committee and chairs the Policy and Position sub-committee. He is active with ArchiPAC Steering Committee.

Mr. Eben is currently the Vice President and Design Committee Chairperson of the West Orange Downtown Alliance.. He is in his second term on the municipality’s Planning Board. He previously served on the zoning board of adjustment. He was an adjunct instructor teaching architectural courses at EssexCountyCollege..

Mr. Eben is an “ambassador” for Deutsche Steinzeug, a German ceramic tile manufacturer.  He promotes high-quality ceramics for buildings and swimming pools to fellow architects nationwide. 

The Ives Architecture Studio is pleased to announce that Kevin Raley has joined our staff as an Intern Architect. A native of Grand Rapids, MI, he has made himself quite at home in our Fair Lawn office.  As a graduate of University of Michigan with a BS in Architecture, he is quite adept at drafting, modeling and visualizations in several digital platforms.  His interests in urban design, transportation infrastructure and adaptive reuse fit in seamlessly with the goals of the studio.  While he is currently moving towards a Master’s Degree, he still finds time to relax as an amateur musician.  Kevin is an important logistical partner in our daily operations.

Kevin Raley