Firm

Allen Ross Architecture, LLC is a full-service architecture firm that provides sophisticated design and project management services for institutional, residential, and commercial projects.  As designers, we are passionate about the creation of the built environment, from intricate details to site planning.  As professionals, we take pride in rigorous project management and precise execution.

We believe that inspired solutions are reached through an understanding of the unique circumstances and aspirations of each client. That understanding is the product of a thorough conceptual analysis, and an awareness of the essential qualities of the people and the place.

Fundamentally, our practice of architecture is about helping our clients achieve their goals.  Our work is stylistically diverse.   Whether we’re working on a cutting-edge Hudson Valley home or to restore a landmarked Greenwich Village co-op, we take great pleasure in both original contemporary design and in historic architectural languages. Solutions can be straightforward, contextual, complex, or contradictory, but must always serve the client and their project.

We believe design can change the world and one’s experience of it.  Buildings should be built well, last for generations, contribute to their communities, and inspire: Firmitas, Utilitas et Venustas.


Allen D. Ross, AIA

Allen D. Ross, AIA

With over twenty-five years of experience in architecture, Allen has worked on a wide range of institutional, residential, and commercial projects. As the principal of Allen Ross Architecture, he leads a broad practice that includes diverse projects from campus master plans to single family residences.

Before starting his own firm in 2012, Allen was a partner at Dodaro-Ross Architects, LLC, based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, where the firm earned a 2011 AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley Honor Award, a 2010 HOBI award, and a 2011 Connecticut Preservation Award.  From 1994 to 1999 he worked at Roth and Moore Architects in New Haven, Connecticut on various institutional projects, including the award-winning Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University (AIA Connecticut 1997 Design Award) and the Vassar College Class of 1951 Observatory (AIA Connecticut 1998 Design Award).  While there, Allen was the project architect for work at Yale University, the University of Connecticut, and the New Haven public schools.

Prior to Roth and Moore, Allen was a project manager for Melanie Taylor Architecture and Gardens in New Haven for house designs at planned neotraditional communities in Florida, Arizona, and the Bahamas.  Allen’s work there included projects involving Witold Rybczynski and Duany Plater-Zyberk.  Allen interned at Yale’s Facilities Planning and Construction Office on renovations to James Gamble Rogers’ Trumbull College and Eggers and Higgins’ Silliman College.  Directly upon graduating from Parsons School of Design, Allen worked at Zebra Design, Inc. and independently on product designs for companies such as Formica Corporation, Clairol Inc., and Deskey Associates, Inc.  He became an Associate Partner at Zebra Design in 1988.

AFFILIATIONS & LICENSES

  • Member, American Institute of Architects #30229521
  • Connecticut State Architectural License #ARI.0008805
  • New Jersey State Architectural License #21AIO2136500
  • New York State Architectural License #026839
  • Passive House Alliance Hudson Valley Chapter Member

EDUCATION

  • Master of Architecture: Yale University, New Haven, CT – 1993
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Product Design: Parsons School of Design, New York, NY – 1987
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John G Vett IV, AIA

John G Vett IV, AIA

Mr. Vett, founding member of Allen Ross Architecture, is a licensed Architect with over twenty-two years of professional experience. He manages projects through all phases, orchestrating teams to complete all aspects of consultation, design, delivery, and construction. In New York City and the greater Hudson Valley of New York, John guides clients to the realization of projects of all sizes and levels of complexity.

John leads the architectural studio team in the production of designs, bid documents, construction documents, specifications, and creative solutions. As a project manager he acts as the key liaison with the client, consultants, regulatory agencies, and contractors.  He aims to incorporate green building technologies with his extensive knowledge of the built environment and project management. His experience and expertise allow him to deliver successful projects to his clients with clarity and efficacy.

Previously, as a Senior Project Architect for Acheson Doyle Partners Architects in New York City, he worked on numerous commercial and institutional projects such as boutique hotel guestrooms, church renovations, adaptive reuse analyses for church properties and ADA compliance analyses for hotels. For seven years he was a Project Architect at Bialecki Architects in Gardiner, NY and in New York City.  There, he managed a team to produce designs, construction documents and specifications featuring green building technologies for high end residences. John operated his own consulting business (J4 Architectural Consulting) in which he provided comprehensive architectural services.

His time in New York City included tenures with Ogawa Depardon Architects, Ohlhausen DuBois Architects and Dineen Nealy Architects.  John was an Adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Dept. of Interior Design, in New York City from 2003 to 2006, and was an Adjunct Professor at Dutchess Community College, Dept. of Architecture, in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2007. Prior to his involvement with award winning work at Allen Ross Architecture, John was involved with other winning projects, including the Breen Residence, Woodstock, NY (AIA Mid-Hudson/Westchester 2009 Honor Award), Red Hook Workspace, Brooklyn, NY (New York City Chapter 2007 Merit Award) and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, New York, NY (New York State Chapter 2007 Citation for Design, Restoration & Adaptive Reuse and the  New York City Department of Design and Construction 2008 Lucy B. Moses Preservation Award).

AFFILIATIONS & LICENSES

  • Member, American Institute of Architects #38294983
  • New York State Architectural License #035080

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Architecture: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY – 1997
  • Bachelor of Science, History of Architecture and Urbanism: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY – 1997
  • Associates in Applied Science, Architectural Technologies: Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY – 1992
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Carol O’Biso

Carol O’Biso

Carol O’Biso is a founding member of Allen Ross Architecture as well as a published author. She has over forty years of global professional experience, in a diverse range of disciplines and possesses a strong set of project administration skills. Ms. O’Biso coordinates the Regulatory Approval process for client projects, coordinates and edits all contracts (Owner/Architect; Owner/Contractor; Architect/Consultant), manages public bidding, and tracks and coordinates Applications for Payment and Change Orders during the Construction Phase of projects. She is also responsible for all human resources, bookkeeping and invoicing work at Allen Ross Architecture. An invaluable member of the management team, she is instrumental in setting and meeting company goals.

Ms. O’Biso began her professional career in the museum world, as the Assistant Registrar at the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts and Design) and later, as Associate and then Chief Registrar at the American Federation of the Arts, both in New York City. She has also served as the Registrar for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation in Lugano, Switzerland, and was a Project Coordinator for the building of Capital Discovery Place, a $12 million children’s science center in Wellington, New Zealand.  She is a founding member and General Manager of The Gardiner Gazette, a quarterly newspaper serving the town of Gardiner in New York’s Hudson Valley, and was, for 12 years, the editor of three newsletters for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies on topics of interest to collectors of fine arts.  For 11 years prior to helping found Allen Ross Architecture, she was the Office Manager and Project Administrator for another successful architectural firm in the Hudson Valley.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Education: Montclair State University, New Jersey – 1975
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Usman Awadallah

Usman Awadallah

Usman Awadallah joined Allen Ross Architecture, LLC in September of 2015. Previously, he was at Griffin Architects and Planners, PC in New York City. There, he worked on numerous apartment renovation projects and was responsible for schematic designs, existing condition drawings, construction documentation and zoning analysis.

AFFILIATIONS & LICENSES

  • AXP Architectural Experience Program

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Architecture: New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY – 2013
  • Associates in Applied Science, Architectural Technologies: SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY – 2008
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Alicia Armbrester

Alicia Armbrester

In the spring of 2018, Alicia joined the team at Allen Ross Architecture as a new resident of New York State. Prior to joining us she was a team member at Feldkamp Design, a design-build workshop in Michigan. There she worked to design, develop, build, and install custom solutions for the clientele, while learning the fine points of woodworking and wood construction. Before this she worked as a design associate at Cynthia Porche Interior Design in Atlanta, Georgia, assisting with clients, contracts, and specifications, while developing a vocabulary in interior design.

While studying Architecture at Auburn University’s CADC, Alicia interned at Fields Company Architects, which provided a foundation for the practice of architecture. She also served as Vice President of Auburn’s chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students. Her semester at the Rural Studio, founded by Samuel Mockbee, still provides inspiration for design with a conscience, as well as ingenuity of materials and respect for good design for all.

She contributes almost fifteen years of design and design-build experience. While raising a young family Alicia also completed two 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher trainings. She uses that practice to inform her daily interactions, as well as to expand her awareness of the real challenges that architecture aims to solve in a balanced manner.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design: Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction – 2004
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Michael Kozykowski

Michael Kozykowski

Michael Kozykowski joined Allen Ross Architecture in January 2017. Previously, he worked for Adler Engineering in Woodridge, NY. There, he performed site inspections, and produced structural plans and details while working closely with local code officials.

EDUCATION

  • Associates in Applied Science, Architectural Technologies: SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY – 2013
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Selected List of Projects and Credits

Selected List of Projects and Credits

Institutional
Union Arts Center, Sparkill, NY
Harlem Stage Gatehouse Arts Center (formerly Aaron Davis Hall), for NYC DDC, New York, NY 7
Scarsdale Friends Meeting House, Scarsdale, NY
Ashokan Environmental Education Center New Campus, Olivebridge, NY 5, 9
Maple Grove Mansion Historic Preservation, Poughkeepsie, NY 5, 9
Innis Arden Cottage, Old Greenwich, CT 2
Klinck Laboratory Renovation, University of Connecticut, Mansfield, CT 3
St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church façade/exterior renovation, Whitestone, NY 4
New York University Stern School of Business, Shimkin Hall, New York, NY 7
The New School University, New York, NY: 22-26 E. 14th Air Rights Study 7
The New School University, New York, NY: Eugene Lang College Renovation & Academic Expansion (project) 7
New Canaan Nature Center Visitors Center (project), New Canaan, CT 3
Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center Maintenance Shop, for NYC DDC, Bronx, NY 7
St. Paul’s Epsicopal Church Day School, Riverside, CT 2
Vassar College Physics Classroom Renovation, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY: Pierson College Ice Cream Parlor, Yale University, New Haven, CT 3
Zelda Epstein Daycare Facility, St. Louis, MO 3
Fairhaven Middle School Renovations, New Haven, CT 3
Lincoln Basset Elementary School Renovations, New Haven, CT 3
Class of 1951 Observatory, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 3
Choate Rosemary Hall Dormitory and Dining Hall Renovations, Wallingford, CT 3
Central Reform Congregation Synagogue (project), St. Louis, MO 3
Drew University Academic Arts Building, Madison, NJ 3


Commercial/Corporate
W Hotel NY, Guestroom/Suite Conversion and Renovation, New York, NY 4
Faria Lima Development Master Plan, Facade Renovation and Pedestrian Link, São Paulo, Brazil (project) 6
MacArthur Foundation Headquarters, Chicago, IL 7
Saltair Dock House (project), Saltair NY 7
Dineen Nealy Architects Office, New York, NY 8
Ritz Carlton Dining Pavilion (project), South Beach, FL 8
Allegro Lobby Design (project), New York, NY 7
135 W. 50th Street, Sports Illustrated Lobby Renovation, New York, NY 7
Metropolitan Museum of Art Medieval Sculpture Hall Renderings, New York, NY


Residential
Larchmont Colonial 1, Larchmont, NY 1
Larchmont Tudor, Larchmont, NY 1
Scarsdale Tudor, Scarsdale, NY 1
Greenwich Estate, Greenwich, CT 1
Greenwich Victorian, Greenwich, CT 1
New Canaan Residence, New Canaan, CT 1
Greenwich Colonial, Greenwich, CT 1
Riverside Residence, Greenwich, CT 1
Scarsdale Eclectic, Scarsdale, NY 1
Walkill Valley Residence, Clintondale, NY
Scarsdale Traditional, Scarsdale, NY 1
Larchmont Colonial 2, Larchmont, NY
Rye Residence, Rye, NY 1
Poet’s Loft, Hastings, NY
New Haven Residence, New Haven, CT
Contemporary Sustainable Residence, Sleepy Hollow, NY 5, 9
Contemporary Sustainable Residence, West Hurley, NY 5, 9
Frumkin Residence, Lincoln, MA
Arts & Crafts Residence, Gardiner, NY 5, 9
Luxury Modern Mountaintop Residence, Olive, NY 5, 9
Private Contemporary Residence, Brooklyn, NY (project) 5, 9
Artist’s Live+Work Studio, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY 6
Private Luxury Residence, Bedford, NY 6
High-Shingle Style Residence, Gardiner, NY5
B-U Contemporary Residence, Gardiner, NY 5
Private Arts & Crafts Residence Renovation, New Canaan, CT 5
Craftsman Style Residence, Phoenicia, NY 9
Antrim-Cashin Residence, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Cox Residence, Carillon Beach, FL 2
Ciardiello Residence Renovation (project), Woodridge, CT


Residential Apartments
30 Orchard Street Luxury Condominium Tower, New York, NY 6
Private Luxury 3-Floor Upper East Side Co-op, New York, NY 5, 9
Bleecker Street Luxury Loft, New York, NY
Private Luxury 2-Floor Riverside Co-op, New York, NY 8


1. Allen D. Ross at Dodaro Ross Architects, LLC
2. Allen D. Ross at Melanie Taylor Architecture & Gardens
3. Allen D. Ross at Roth & Moore Architects
4. John G. Vett IV at Acheson Dolye Partners Architects
5. John G. Vett IV at Bialecki Architects
6. John G. Vett IV at Ogawa Depardon Architects
7. John G. Vett IV at Ohlhausen DuBois Architects
8. John G. Vett IV at Dineen Nealy Architects
9. Carol O’Biso at Bialecki Architects

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