Mr. Rossant designed the new town of Reston near Washington, DC, one of the best known post-war new towns in America; the Lower Manhattan Plan in New York ; and, through the United Nations, Dodoma, the new capital of Tanzania, a city which has grown from a village to a population of over 100,000. His architectural designs include Myriad Gardens' Crystal Bridge in Oklahoma City, the Ramaz School in New York City, the Charles Center Office and Residential Towers in Baltimore, and Lake Anne Center in Reston, Virginia (see "Reston").
Mr. Rossant was educated at the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University and the University of Florida, and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he studied with Walter Gropius. After working abroad in Italy with Gino Valle, he returned to New York.
There, in 1965, Mr. Rossant joined Mayer & Whittlesey as an architect and town planner. His first large design project was the Butterfield House apartment house in Greenwich Village, called by The New York Times "one of the ten best in New York" (see Butterfield House) Other major works include Reston, the U.S. Navy Memorial at Market Square in Washington, DC; the Uskudar American Academy in Istanbul, Turkey; and Congregation Sons of Israel at Briarcliff Manor, NY. (See "Architecture)
James Rossant's architectural works and drawings became widely known and he was given his first one-man show of projects and drawings in 1976 at the Gallery of Architecture in New York City. Later, James Rossant had exhibitions of his drawings and architectural designs at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the John Nichols Gallery in SoHo and at other galleries in New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Paris. (See "Artwork).
Mr. Rossant has also been invited to lecture on architecture and town planning at major universities such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Pratt Institute, University of Tokyo, the Accademia in Venice, and most recently at the American University of Beirut, and the National University of Singapore. Mr. Rossant is now teaching graduate architecture at Pratt Institute. (See "Lectures")
Mr. Rossant's designs have received over 50 Awards including a Gold Medal from New York American Institute of Architects, a twenty-five year award for Reston from the A.I.A., and First Honor Progressive Architecture Magazine awards. His work has been widely published and reviewed in national magazines like TIME, Newsweek, and Life, The New York Times, The Washington Post, architectural journals such as Progressive Architecture, Architecture, the Architectural Record, the Architectural Review, Domus, Casabella, G/A, and in many books. Mr. Rossant has served as the architect of the Art Commission of the City of New York; he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and a co-founder of the Congress of International Modern Architects (CIMA).
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