Architect, AIA at Andreozzi Architecture
David Andreozzi is an award winning and published architect that founded the twenty-none year old practice Andreozzi Architecture specializing in historic based archetypes with a concentration in the Neo-England vernacular. A typology that is truly idiosyncratic to its sense of place by using time tested building materials and construction methodologies. While his projects are mostly located throughout New England, he has drawn upon the lessons of New England vernacular to complete projects as far south as the Bahamian Islands by taking the principles we use to create regional architecture here, but then applying the rule set of a different vernacular.
In addition to his professional work David has dedicated his career trying to improve the design profession from the inside. This includes educating the public on the importance of hiring design professionals, improving the AIA’s support for residential architects from within the AIA, and trying to create opportunities to provide education and mentorship for both young and emerging professionals.
David’s passion to improve the state of public design consciousness started when he was invited to participate in CORA, the Congress of Residential Architecture. CORA is a national organization dedicated to all aspects of building better homes for more people, an organization committed to educate the public on the importance of good quality design. There David spent five proceeding years on their national steering committee helping to create lectures and content, developing and moderating their message boards, and creating an alliance with AIA CRAN which was in its earliest development at the time. David’s work concluded with the co-writing of a manifesto that outlined major changes in the profession that would allow inclusivity style and promote design education to the public. The manifesto was presented as a formal resolution at the 2010 AIA national conference in Miami where it was formally supported by the current President. At that moment, David transferred his philanthropic efforts from CORA to AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, CRAN.
The CRAN Knowledge Community develops knowledge and information to benefit architects who are engaged in, or who are interested in learning more about, custom residential practice. CRAN presents information and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise to promote the professional development of its members via discussion forums, national symposia and conventions, publications, and local activities. At CRAN David took on a myriad responsibilities and appointments that concluded with executive leadership and appointment as 2014 National AIA CRAN Chairman. David was instrumental in the following:
1. Hosting the 2012 national CRAN symposium in Newport, RI
2. Developing a white paper titled “Contextual Sustainability: The True Formula for Judging Good Architecture” The concept holds that all architecture should be judged according to Vitruvius's ultimate synthesis of Commodity, Firmness, and Delight. To this venerable paradigm, the concept of contextual sustainability would add two new elements: vernacular, both cultural and topographic, and regionalism in natural resources and labor. It proposes that local materials, culture, and ideologies form the architectural building blocks of true idiosyncratic regional design. The debate over traditional and modern styles pits architects and critics who are largely territorial in their preferences. Contextual Sustainability is a style-blind code to judge all architecture, traditional or modern.
3. Building on the concept of Contextual Sustainability, David chaired a CRAN committee that worked with a publisher to produce a CRAN hardcover book titled “Houses for All Regions: CRAN Residential Collection,” published in 2014 by Images Publishing. The goal was to show the public that architecture can be judged “style-blind,” and that we could celebrate all good architecture by region, context, utility, and vernacular, rather than by style alone. In addition to leading the effort, David chaired the jury pool to select projects that included many performed by leading architects in New England.
4. He supported the creation of a dynamic network to interrelate the regional CRAN chapters with the national AIA board though quarterly teleconferences and inclusion in national symposiums. The goal was to offer better support to individual practitioners though local representation.
5. David has supported new alliances with allied organizations such as the ICAA, NAHB, and commercial ventures such as Houzz in order to advocate for better design to a larger audience.
6. David spearheaded the creation of CRANtv, a series of nationally acclaimed internet videos to educate the public on the importance of hiring architects, to help the public understand the value of the architectural process, and to give the public tips on finding the most qualified architect for a project. The result was six short, three-minute internet videos. David chaired the project and co-wrote the scripts with Doug Patt of howtoarchitect.com. Each episode features a different attribute of an architect’s contribution or of the architectural process that adds embodied value to a project in quality of living space and resale price. For example: “The Value of Architect’s Education in your Project,” “How to Choose an Architect for Your Project,” “The Client's Role in a Successful Residential Project,” and “What Should Your House Look Like?” All of the videos are hosted on a CRANtv YouTube channel that celebrates New England projects and promotes architects as role models for good design. Since the first video was posted in September 2013, the six CRANtv videos hosted by David have been watched over 16,000 times! David’s work with CRANtv was featured prominently in a national article, “Direct to Video,” for the AIA’s flagship publication “Residential Architect.” “What I continually tell people,” David was quoted as saying, “is that we are in a predicament right now. We tend to celebrate famous architects and buildings, but what we need to celebrate is the design process. Clients don’t need the Corbu glasses and fancy imported fountain pens we all proudly adorn. Clients need someone who is good, who will protect them, and who—most importantly—has a resonant process.” CRANtv is just one more vehicle to educate the public on the importance of investing in good design.
7. Over three years of involvement with CRAN’s national symposium, David’s leadership helped expand the attendance from about 125 participants in 2011 to a sold-out 360 people in 2014. Year after year David worked for better speakers and to improve the organization’s communication with the media. In addition, through an alliance brokered with Houzz, over 1,500 more people from eight countries participated in the lectures. These included two keynote speakers, Robert A.M. Stern FAIA and Andres Duany FAIA among a list of internationally known architects and designers. Most importantly, this was an opportunity built around CRAN’s ethos - to celebrate and educate the public that great residential architecture should be judged irrespective of style. The diversity of archetypes in the myriad of speakers represented all extremes in the field, but they were celebrated for the one thing they have in common: the quality of their work. Again, this harks back to the importance of judging architecture “style-blind,” as noted in the Contextual Sustainability statement above.
8. Part of David’s pledge to the board when entering his chairmanship at CRAN was to provide new and real support for our profession’s youth and emerging professionals. To that end he was instrumental in supporting the inclusion of emerging professionals on the national CRAN board, and created a CRAN subcommittee for emerging professionals. In one short year the subcommittee was meeting regularly through national teleconferences both among its members and with the larger AIA CRAN national board to provide direct support for younger architects entering the field.
Upon completing his AIA CRAN chairmanship, David refocused his energies more regionally, joining the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, where he is currently chairman of the Bulfinch Awards committee. The ICAA is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. David recently accepted nomination as the chapter board’s vice president.
David lives with his family in Bristol, R.I., half way between Providence and Newport. He has served as chairman of Bristol’s historic district commission for years.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, David is the son of a second-generation carpenter, contractor, interior decorator and developer. He grew up working construction sites, specializing in carrying junk to the dumpster, and over time graduating to work in framing, fine carpentry, bidding, drafting, and other more complex jobs. This eventually led to his concentration in furniture design and construction at RISD. David continued his education as an intern at the firm of Shope Reno Wharton in Greenwich, Conn., in the mid-1980s before starting his practice in 1988.