John Rossi

John Rossi

Boston, MA, US



An executive team leader and educator for planning, design, and construction projects valued at $455M, John is an independent historic & heritage preservation professional, marketing/business development specialist, formally trained in architecture & design. His multi-disciplinary expertise has enhanced 6-person, $3M boutiques to 280-person, $30M corporations, to supervising accredited preservation field-studies programs on National Parks Service and United States Forest Service historic sites as featured in the PBS Film "Saving Places." 



John Rossi Company, Owner

Here to connect, advise, educate, and collectively create. Reach out to align enterprising interests, form collaborative teams, and to empower others.

A trained architect, historic preservation professional, and marketing specialist, John is a multi-disciplinary team member serving prestigious academic institutions, private and public sector clients, and Sacred National Monument Sites for N.P.S, and the U.S.F.S.

His first decade-long career as an advertising agency executive was leveraged as a trained architect, designer, and business development/marketing director for prominent firms in Boston, Cambridge, and Seattle. As Principal and V.P. of Strategic Planning, John hired direct staff reports to form a 16-person corporate leadership team integral to growing one of the top-50 U.S. architecture & engineering firms from 140 to 300 professionals in 12 offices.

John’s executive skills deliver a renaissance spectrum of experience to Build Community by Design™ socially, culturally, and through the built and natural environment including:

* Construction project management
* Preservation, reuse, sustainability
* Architectural program planner & design
* Business development team leader
* Entrepreneurial strategist & realist
* Staff capacity builder
* Educator, mentor, & coach
* Marketing communications specialist
* Proposal & grant development
* Writer, storyteller, public speaker
* Lifelong artisan builder
* Participatory visioning facilitator
* Travel guide & outdoors instructor
* Velocity coach & journalist

His engaging style strengthens interdependence among stakeholders, design teams, students, and client groups to engender broad-based participation to galvanize everyone’s understanding of the complex social, cultural, environmental, technical, design, historic, and economic aspects of diverse project types.

Wise sage on life, death, solo-parenting, and new life starts.

Jan 2008 - current


Boston Architectural College (BAC), Architecture/Planning/Preservation

Boston Architectural College, Boston Massachusetts, USA. Completed 6-years of B. Arch., program, Dean’s list for Design. 1991 – 96

Jan 1991 - current


Excellence in Preservation, Restoration of USFS Fabyan Cabin, White Mountains, NH, Award


White House designation as Preserve America Stewards, Washington, DC, Award


Best Green Project Award, Hamilton College, Emerson Hall, Hamilton, NY, Award


Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award, Hazelton "The Castle" High School Restoration, Award


American Institute of Architects, Design Award, Vanderbilt University, Sarratt Student Center, Award


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