New York Architect John R. Sorrenti, FAIA, Installed as NCARB Regional Director

19 July 2011

Washington, DC—John R. Sorrenti, FAIA, of Mineola, NY, was installed on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Board of Directors at its 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference in June. Sorrenti was elected by the Council’s Middle-Atlantic Conference (Region 2), which comprises the jurisdictions of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. He previously served as the conference’s chair, and vice chair/treasurer.

Since 2006, Sorrenti has volunteered on NCARB’s Committee on Professional Development (PDP). Serving as chair since 2008, he led the committee’s effort to revise the Council’s continuing education standard to help standardize CE requirements among the 54 U.S. jurisdictions. The joint effort with the Member Board Executive Committee and the Committee on Procedures and Documents culminated with a recommendation resolution that was passed by NCARB’s Member Boards in June.

Sorrenti has been a member of the New York State Board of Architecture since 2005, and is currently serving as its chair. He is the founder and president of JRS Architect, P.C., a full service architectural firm with three locations in the greater New York tri-state area. Since its inception in 1986, the firm has grown from six to 35 professionals and received numerous design awards under his leadership.

A recognized leader in the profession, Sorrenti became a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2008. He is the national chair of the College of Fellows Regional Representatives. Previous professional leadership positions include vice president of National AIA, president of New York State AIA, and president of the Long Island AIA Chapter. He is also the vice chair of the Town of North Hempstead Landmarks Commission.

In 2008, Sorrenti was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AIA Long Island Chapter in recognition of over 20 years of outstanding achievement in the architectural profession.

Sorrenti received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 1972, a Masters in Architecture from Ohio University in 1974, and a Masters in Business Administration from NYIT in 1978. He is licensed in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.