Frank Cunha III, AIA, NCARB
Frank is a Registered Architect licensed in NJ, NY, PA, DE, and CT and is currently studying for his LEED AP exam. He is a member of the Portuguese-American Chamber of Commerce of NJ as well as NCARB, the International Code Council, and the US Green Building Council.
"Charity and fundraiser work is probably one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things I have done in my life so far. It's important for me to show my children that life is not centered around us and it is important to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need."
"If we have learned anything from the natural events that have occurred recently it is that we are all connected. An earthquake that takes place can have dramatic impacts on its neighbors across the ocean. We are all united on a higher level in that regard."
In 2005, eight years after graduating from NJIT School of Architecture (Dean's List, Dorman Honor's College), Mr. Cunha founded FC3 Architecture+Design, LLC and has since completed many successful projects which includes new Drug Fair stores (now Walgreens) throughout the state of NJ, a new Family Dollar store, as well as various custom home designs throughout New Jersey.
From 2000 to December 2007, Mr. Cunha worked at Ecoplan Architects, which merged with Cubellis, Inc. After the merge Frank took on a greater leadership role with the firm and was promoted to Associate Principal. He was the senior project manager in charge of higher education projects for the NJ office including the new Montclair State University Student Recreation Center, for which he was the point person from design to close-out. Frank was also a key member of the design team for the Babbio Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
From December 2007 to present, Mr. Cunha has worked for the Design & Construction facilities department at Montclair State University where he is currently working as a senior project manager for the John J. Cali School of Music and Sinatra Hall, a new student housing complex, both under construction. Mr. Cunha is also currently working on the programming phase of a new Center of Environmental Life Sciences facility for the School of Science and Mathematics as well as the schematic phase for a new School of Business facility.
Mr. Cunha has served on various national, state, and local committees over the past 10 years. His greatest contributions to AIA include the following:
President of the Architects League of Northern NJ, 2009.
Secretary for AIA New Jersey, 2009.
AIA New Jersey Board of Trustees, 2003-Present.
Attendance at various "AIA Grassroots Leadership Conferences" and "AIA National Conventions.
The AIA-NJ Young Architects Forum, 2005-2006, where he wrote several articles for the AIA quarterly newsletter, organized mixers, golf clinics, and participated in various forums.
The Scholarship Committee Chair, 2001-2008, where he awarded close to $100,000 in scholarship awards for both the Architects League as well as AIA National.
Special Editor for the Architects Leagueline newsletter, the Sustainability Issue.
Presenter on Sustainability for NJ Chapter of the Eastern Regional Association of Higher Education Facilities and organized a "Sustainability Conference" for the Architects League of Northern NJ in 2009.
- NJIT School of Architecture
- Queen of Peace High School
- Newark Academy
- FC3 Architecture+Design, LLC
- Montclair State University, Sr. Project Manager
- Cubellis Inc., Associate Principal, Sr. Project Manager
- Ecoplan Architects, Associate, Sr. Project Manager
- EI Associates
- D&D Technologies,