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Joy Siegel Architect is a full-service architectural design office, specializing in custom residential additions, and alterations. Founded in 1994, the firm is located in Millburn, New Jersey. The firm’s guiding belief is that informed and skillful architectural design is attained through a synthesis of responses to site conditions and user needs. Emphasis is placed upon achieving clear spatial organization, well-proportioned forms, and elegant use of natural light and materials.


Prior to establishing the firm, Ms. Siegel was a project architect in the New York City office of Fox and Fowle Architects (currently FXCollaborative), and a project designer in the New York City and Houston offices of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Architects. At these firms, she was responsible for the design and construction documentation of a variety of academic, commercial, and residential projects.

Ms. Siegel has been a licensed architect for thirty years and is registered in the states of New Jersey and New York. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Additionally, she is a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  In 1985, Joy Siegel earned a Master’s of Architecture from Harvard University, and in 1982, a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Syracuse University. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she studied in Florence, Italy, and at The Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City.  

Aside from her role as in the firm, since 1991, Joy Siegel has been a faculty member at three schools of architecture. From 1987-1991, Joy Siegel taught at New York Institute of Technology where she served one year as Assistant to the Dean. From 1991-2016, she was a University Lecturer the New Jersey School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she was awarded the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding accomplishments as an educator. Currently, she teaches first-year design studio at the School of Public Architecture, Michael Graves College at Kean University.

Joy Siegel is a member of the Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustments. Recently, she completed her book: Thinking by Making--Architecture Design Process Documented and Demystified. Inspired by observing how architecture students learn to design, the book presents a clear approach to the process. 

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