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Harbor Habitat for Humanity, City of Benton Harbor and Benton Township, Michigan 1994 - present

Volunteered architectural services for ten (10) homes, resulting in residential quality for low income community families. 

Habitat for Humanity, Anne Arundel, MD 1999

Designed for and won the "Ultimate Design Challenge" competition. Achieved an affordable and sustainable home for a multi-generational family in Maryland. (see Exhibit #2) 

Harbor Habitat for Humanity-Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1994 - 1997

Volunteered architectural services and plans for new offices, achieving affordable, quality office and storage space for the community agency.

Habitat for Humanity Asheville, North Carolina, 1992 - Present

Designed plans and prepared contract documents for nine (9) homes which were selected by the Habitat community as most livable and most enriching to the lives of community members.

Habitat for Humanity Southeast Iowa 1993

Designed affordable and sustainable housing for community members. (see Exhibit #6)

City of Benton Harbor, Grand Boulevard, Jean Klock Park Development, 2002, 2003

Responsible for housing and development of multi-use land plan resulting in a development
strategy which will double the residential tax base of the city. (see Exhibit #1)

Pokagon Band of Pottawatami Indians Dowagiac, MI 2001, 2002

Served as architect for a new indigenous tribal headquarters and affordable member housing.

Berrien County Land Development - Southwest Michigan 2001- present

Leader of private development and training of architectural student labor craftspeople.
Responsible for affordable, sustainable and environmentally friendly residences. (see Exhibit #5)

Krasl Art Center Building Design and Construction Campaign Saint Joseph, Michigan 1991 to 1998

Served as Committee Chairman, volunteered pro-bono conceptual studies for an addition and renovation of the Krasl Art Center. Responsible for implementing the addition and renovation success of the project. Achieved a revival of artistic awareness within the community.

Twin Cities Symphony League-Saint Joseph, Michigan1985, 1988, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2000

Served as house walk presenter and architect of six homes which were presented to the public for viewing and symphony fund-raising. Achieved architectural awareness and support for Twin Cities Symphony.

Fort Miami Heritage Society-Saint Joseph, Michigan 1995

Donated office facilities to the Landmark Center after their historic 1880 building burned.

Saint Joseph Lions Club-Saint Joseph, Michigan 1982 to 1992

Member of the board of Directors, Secretary, served on the White Cane Committee and responsible for community involvement.

Shawn Greer Residence-Benton Harbor, Michigan 1992

Designed pro-bono plans for a Barrier-Free home to accommodate an 18-year-old paraplegic Benton Harbor resident mistakenly shot and paralyzed.

Berrien County United Way-Saint Joseph, Michigan 1984

Served as Chairman of Engineering Division. Responsible for community Involvement.

Saint Joseph River Yacht Club-Saint Joseph, Michigan.1980 to 1989

Served on the Board of Directors, House Committee, as Building Committee Chairman. Prepared design and contract documents for the renovation of the facility and was responsible for the construction process and educating volunteer laborers.

United States Peace Corps-Apia, Western Samoa 1971 to 1973

Volunteer architect for the Public Works Department, responsible for the renovation of the Public Works facilities, development of parks Master Plan for the capital and development low-cost housing prototypes and contract housing using indigenous materials and traditional labor skills.




AIA PIA Liveable Communities Committee 2001 - present

Coordinator of the Benton Harbor, Michigan's Community Planning and Development with the Michigan Livable Communities Committee, focusing the community's attention on the problems and solutions for the City of Benton Harbor.

AIA PIA Small Project Forum Committee 1999 - present

AIA PIA Sustainable Design of the Environment Committee1999 - present

AIA PIA Housing Committee 1998 - present

AIA PIA Committee on Design 1995 to present

AIA Housing Conference - Chicago, Illinois 1996

Housing Summit "96 Design and the Art of Housing"

John G. Williams Scholarship Continuing Fellow University of Arkansas 1996

Award Winning Alumni

AIA Committee on Design - Minneapolis, Minnesota 1996

Changing American Landscapes: The View from the River "Three Reaches Up-River: Continuity and Change from the Prairie to the Twin Cities"

AIA Committee on Design - Memphis, Tennessee 1996

Landscape, Myth, & Regional Change

Toured Sam Mockabee homes and impoverished communities along the Mississippi River.

Construction Specifications Institute - Northern Indiana Chapter 1987

CSI Charter Member

AIAS National Convention, AIAS Arkansas - Houston, Texas 1969

National Representative

AIAS National Convention, AIAS Arkansas - Ann Arbor, Michigan 1968

National Representative - "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem".

AIAS Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas 1967 to 1969

Director - wrote articles for the AIA Arkansas quarterly publications.



AIA President of Southwest Michigan Chapter AIA 2004

AIA Vice President of Southwest Michigan Chapter AIA 2003

AIA Grass Roots Conference - Washington D.C. 2003

AIA Michigan Design Retreat-Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, Torch Lake, Michigan

Presented eight AIA award winning projects over sixteen days to AIA Michigan architects and interns.
Developed and implemented the ideas of the founder, Richard Fry, FAIA - "Architectural Ideas"
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002

AIA Michigan Mid-Summer Conference Mackinac Island, Michigan 1990, 1992, 1995-2003

Committee Member, Coordinator of group activities for children and adults

AIA Michigan Steering Committee, The Three Year Plan 1996

Developed successful projects for public example of architects contributing to their communities

AIA Southwest Michigan Unlicensed Practice Oversight Committee 1993 to Present

"We wanted to create a home in the Michigan Shoreline Dunes that captured the essence of our dreams and goals. Allegretti exceeded our expectations."

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