SOUTHFIELD — Matt Rossetti, FAIA, LEED AP, President of ROSSETTI, has been elevated to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Rossetti is the third generation in his family, after his grandfather and father, to receive the honor.
The 2012 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2012 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Washington, D.C. this May.
Of the 80,000 AIA members, there are fewer than 2,700 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The honor is awarded to members who have made significant contributions to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession, both individually and on a national level.
Rossetti’s achievements are as a founder and pioneer in the design of Sports Anchored Developments. Rossetti is credited for his collaborative work with clients and communities in the creation of large-scale urban redevelopments that function as sports anchored urban entertainment districts. He has been a passionate advocate and design leader for the revitalization of districts around the world for their power to create vibrant entertainment areas, often from blighted, underused neighborhoods.
He also is a pioneer in merging sports, hospitality and entertainment. His approach in designing unique experiences for both patrons and fans helped turn around an industry previously focused on beer and popcorn in concrete vaults, to one now devoted to hospitality and great design.
Rossetti routinely volunteers his time through participation in universities, mentoring programs and academic lectures, as well as the publication of books and articles on sports related urban design. He has sought to spread the message of civic collaboration, leading public forums to ensure community involvement.