Maggie Denlea Collection

Maggie Denlea, who graduated with a M.Arch. from NJIT in 1993, died in an automobile accident April 11, 1996. It was a particularly senseless and tragic accident, as she was returning home late after working a second job to pay her student loans.

Maggie came to NJIT with a degree in mathematics and a minor in fine art, after having spent eleven years as a systems analyst and programmer with AT&T. After attending Princeton as a continuing education student, she ultimately entered NJIT's Professional Master of Architecture program in 1989.

She served in the New Jersey Service Corps from 1990-1991, was a Housing Fellow in 1991-1992, and was awarded New Jersey Society of Architects scholarships in 1990-1991, 1991-1992, and 1992-1993. It was Maggie who discovered the Executive Women of New Jersey's awards program, which is intended for women who had professional and executive careers but were returning to college to further their education. She was the first recipient from NJIT in 1990-1991, and then again in 1991-1992 and 1992-1993.

The year she graduated, Maggie called Peter Papademetriou, graduate program director, and said she wanted to give the School of Architecture an annual amount, to be awarded to a first-year woman graduate student who evidenced all-around potential for the profession. Every year she would call in early April and ask to whom the check should be written. The School of Architecture will recognize her memory with an annual award established in her name, in support of the same goals she sought to encourage.

In the same generous spirit that Maggie personified, her estate donated her collection of architecture books to the NJIT Architecture Library in her memory. The 193 books have been designated with a special book plate as The Maggie Denlea Collection.