Craig W. Brearley Architecture moves to new ownership


TRANSITION: When Brearley retires in January, Sarah D. Jennings, AIA and nine-year veteran project manager for the company, will take over ownership and management. (Photo by Calla Aniski-Boyd, Ann Coen Photography)

Architect Craig W. Brearley, AIA, principal of Craig Brearley Architects in Manahawkin, is pleased to announce his retirement and is pleased to share the news that Sarah D. Jennings, AIA and nine-year veteran project manager for the company, will take over ownership and management when he retires in January. The name will be changed to CWB Architecture.

Brearley and Jennings look forward to a smooth and seamless transition.

Brearley founded the award-winning company in 1990. Since then, Craig W. Brearley, architect, has successfully completed more than 5,500 projects through 2021. Throughout the company’s 32-year history, Brearley s is focused on creating a reputation for superb shoreline designs with phenomenal function, as well as attention to detail such as maximizing scenic views and using the finest materials for unique coastal environments, while integrating the essentials and the needs of its customers within the framework of the work of each project.

Most of the company’s work has focused on Long Beach Island and is primarily in custom homes, but also includes a diverse mix of residential, commercial, hospitality and retail, notes a press announcement on the transition. The company’s most recognized projects are the LBI Hotel in Ship Bottom, as well as Bonnet Island Estate and Mallard Island Yacht Club on Barnegat Bay in Stafford Township. The company has also designed buildings at the Tuckerton Seaport, which was named to Best of New Jersey lists, most recently one of the top 25 things to do in New Jersey by Family Destinations Guide. The Seaport’s recreated Tucker’s Island Lighthouse was recognized by the American Institute of Architects in New Jersey as one of the Top 150 Buildings and Places.

The company’s reputation includes stunning shoreline designs with phenomenal function, as well as attention to detail such as maximizing scenic views while incorporating customer must-haves. (Photo credit Dianne Ahto of Graphicus 14).

Interestingly, this was one of Brearley’s first attempts at starting his new business, and it was a volunteer project that grew into a much larger enterprise over the years. as it progresses. The company continued to be involved in the community through local food drives, design work for Habitat for Humanity, and Architecture for Humanity’s post-Sandy renovation at Toms River North High School.

“Another crucial element to the architectural firm’s success has been building great relationships with clients, working closely with municipalities and zoning/building officials, and providing support and ties to organizations throughout the firm’s service area,” the press release observed.

As Past President of the AIA Jersey Shore, his leadership and renowned architectural design skills have allowed Brearley to grow his business to a team of nine, including eight talented and architecturally trained designers, architects from project and a project manager.

Said Brearley, “The decision to retire and hand the business over to my trusted project manager, Sarah Jennings, was not taken lightly. But I know I will leave it in very good hands. Sarah started with me nine years ago and has been a go-getter from day one. She developed office standards from day one and has grown and improved her skills tremendously over the years. She has gone from draftsman to architect project, up to his current position as project manager.

“Sarah has been responsible for overseeing all projects that pass through our office from inception to final construction drawings for the past five years. She has also been responsible for most of the design work that currently passes through the office. … She, along with our dedicated team, will continue to deliver excellent buildable plans with ongoing expertise in coastal design, zoning regulations and building components.

(Photo credit Real Estate Cinema)

Brearley is looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his wife of 36 years, Mary Pat, and their new granddaughter, Genevieve. They plan to fish more around the country, travel, explore new hobbies, and relax at their second home in Placida, Florida.

As for CWB Architecture’s future, Jennings’ vision is to pursue the company’s excellence in serving its clients, she said.

Making full use of the current 60 years of collective personnel architecture experience, she is committed to continuing to maximize the strengths of the company. This includes a solid knowledge of local zoning and building codes along with the company’s expertise in providing consistent, clean drawings for accurate construction.

By committing to these principles, the company “will continue to provide thoughtful and timeless designs for residences, commercial and historic properties throughout New Jersey,” the company’s announcement promised. “Working with and meeting their clients’ needs throughout the design and construction process will continue to be a top priority. This has been the cornerstone of the company’s success over the past three decades.

A few projects highlighted in the custom residential work overseen by Jennings include the Fleming Residence in Beach Haven, the Fano Residence in Harvey Cedars and the Feldman Residence in Loveladies, as well as the Woods Residence and Scarfo/Murphy Residence, both in Beach. Haven.

Jennings is no stranger to professional accolades and was the treasurer of the American Institute of Architects Jersey Shore Chapter, where she received the Emerging Professional Award in 2016. Jennings has also been involved with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, a committee member and mentor of the Habitat for Humanity Family Partner Committee of Burlington County and Greater Trenton/Princeton, and a member of the Hammonton Green Committee. -MRS


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