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Joseph Tomaino is a practicing architect and planner. Over his 40+ years as a licensed professional he has provided hands-on services primarily in the public and government sector construction markets. He has been lead architect for schools, government buildings, health care projects and residential facilities. His focus as a firm principal has been administratively driven, always emphasizing a high level of the "standard of care".

Mr. Tomaino's firms have designed projects ranging up to $100 million. Most of Mr. Tomaino's projects tend toward the more technically complex. He has served as an expert witness for a variety of projects by offering planning and zoning testimony as well as offering expert testimony in litigation cases.  He was a member and chairman of the Construction Board of Appeals in his New Jersey County for 10 years. He chaired the committee which developed his Community's Historic Preservation Ordinance. And, he has been a member and chairman of his local Planning & Zoning Board for approximately 20 years. In addition to planning & zoning issues, that Board also reviews projects for compliance with Historic Guidelines.   Mr. Tomaino has been licensed to practice architecture in several states.


  • Academic (pre-K to 12, Higher Education)

  • Government Buildings

  • Commercial and Industrial Facilities

  • Municipal Facilities

  • Residential Facilities

  • ADA Compliance

  • Interior Design

  • Health Care Facilities

  • Historic Structures Rehabilitation



  • Principal and Co-Founder of Tomaino Tomaino Iamello & Associates, PA (formerly Tomaino & Tomaino Architects & Planners, PA) - 1977 to 2006

  • Principal and Co-Founder of Design Ideas Group Architecture & Planning, LLC - 2006 to 2010

  • Principal and Founder of Joseph P. Tomaino, AIA PP Consulting Architect - 2011 to present



  • Architect:  Active: NJ (1973), PA (1973); Retired:  VT (1984), CN (1999), DE (2002), MD (1991), DC (2000), VA (2000), NY (2010)

  • Planning: Active: NJ (1981)

  • Arbitrator: American Arbitration Association, National Roster of Neutrals, Construction Panel (2011-2013)



  • Bachelor of Architecture, College of Arts & Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University - 1969

  • Universita degli Studi di Firenzi, Florence, Italy - 1968

  • Continuing Education, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

  • Professional Development Seminars sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in Construction Technology, Construction Codes, Standard of Care,Construction Contract Administration, Fire Safety in Buildings, EnergyConservation, Firm Administration & Management, Firm Accounting, Historic Restoration



  • American Institute of Architects

  • NJ Society of Architects

  • Jersey Shore Chapter, NJSA



  • NJ Army Reserve National Guard 1969-71

  • Officers Candidate School - NJARNG 1970-71

  • Honorable Discharge NJARNG - 1971

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