An introduction to Allegretti Architects
Allegretti Architects is an architectural and planning firm founded on the principals of service, sustainability and excellence, love of the natural environment and people shepherd our firm. We see our mission as architects and planners as a social responsibility and strive to bring best environmental practices and client responsive solutions into harmony in each project. A passion for quality driven decisions are reflected in our architectural solutions.
For over 30 years, John Allegretti has been principal architect for over five-hundred projects across the United States and Internationally. Our practice promotes professional excellence of affordable and sustainable residential designs. John's designs are regularly published and distributed world-wide by the home publications industry.
SUMMARY OF ACHIEVEMENTS
As an activist, John's work has balanced pragmatic issues of program affordability and responsible community planning without forsaking quality, sustainability or craftsmanship.
Through the personal mentorship of E. Fay Jones, FAIA, and the experience of serving in the Peace Corp for three years in Samoa, John developed his passion for architecture and architecture's ability to improve quality of life. During the past fifteen years he has designed for Habitat for Humanity, renovated a HUD community center and developed the first private housing in over 40 years for Benton Harbor, Michigan. Most recently as a consequence of riots in Benton Harbor, John has designed and developed a new mixed use, mixed income neighborhood that will increase the City's residential tax base by more than one third.
John won the "1999 Ultimate Design Challenge" sponsored by residential architect magazine, with a 1176 square foot, four bedroom house. This house, constructed for $43 per square foot, was "blitz-built" in Maryland, on the CBS "Early Show" hosted by Bryant Gumbel and Bob Villa. This and other of John's designs are available to Habitat chapters throughout America. John has developed pro-bono Habitat plans for North Carolina and Iowa and was honored in 1973 with the U.S. Department of Interior Low Cost Tropical Housing competition award.