Robert and Donna deJongh have each served as President of the American Institute of Architects, Virgin Islands Chapter, on multiple occasions. Today, Robert deJongh, AIA, is again serving as the current Chapter President for a two-year term.
Donna deJongh served for 16 years on the Virgin Islands Board for the licensure of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors.
In that capacity Donna was the Virgin Island’s representative to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and helped to write the National Architectural Registration Exams (ARE) on several occasions.
Robert is now a member of the AIA National Documents Committee that writes all of the contract documents which are the standard of the design and construction professions Worldwide.
Both Donna and Robert deJongh have been guest lecturers at Southern University School of Architecture.
Robert deJongh was a member of the Virgin Islands Historic Preservation Commission for 15 years.
Robert deJongh served as President of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce.
Donna deJongh was a member of the VI State Review Board for Historic Preservation and the Board of Land Use and Zoning Appeals.
Robert deJongh served on the Board of Directors of the TLC Beatrice International Company, under legendary Chairman Reginald Lewis for 17 years until the company was sold in 1997.
Donna deJongh is now the Virgin Islands Director on the Caribbean Chapter, US Green Building Council.
The Principals and Staff of the deJongh Group have served as mentors for many youth of the surrounding communities.
Robert deJongh is a frequent contributor to the print and digital media with Opinions and Editorials on matters related to the arts, planning, design and community development.
The deJongh Group has sponsored many Tennis Tournaments, Science Fairs, Steel Band Competitions, Sports Teams, Carnival Troops and Carnival Queen contestants, etc.
The deJongh Group has produced a significant number of intern architects/former employees who have gone on to become registered architects. Many of these have gone on to be principals in their own firms and are successful architects themselves.
Donna deJongh has served as Member of the National AIA Diversity Council (AIA DIVCO). Prior to joining the Council she served on the Women in Architecture (WIA) Subcommittee. She continues as a member of the Multi-Cultural Sub Committee of DIVCO.
Robert and Donna deJongh, as members of the AIA/VI, have led a Chapter-based planning and design team to prepare and produce the Garden Street Urban Design and Redevelopment Plan for the VI Economic development Authority/Enterprise Zone Commission (VI EDA/EZC).
The AIA/VI Team under the leadership of the deJongh is continuing to provide this effectively pro-bono planning service to the VI EDA/EZC, for the Upstreet Community of St. Thomas.