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Lecture: Matt Rossetti with Judith Grant Long

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  • 6:00 PM
  • A&A Auditorium, University of Michigan Art and Architecture Building

Matt Rossetti with Judith Grant Long


Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:00 PM | A+A Auditorium
Art + Architecture Building

Matt Rossetti (B.S. '83, M.Arch. '86) FAIA, LEED AP
President + Chief Architect of Serious Fun

Matt Rossetti is President of ROSSETTI. Rossetti challenges the conventional architectural dogma that limits design to form and function.  Among ROSSETTI’s groundbreaking sports projects are the USTA National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open (the world's largest tennis tournament); Daytona International Speedway, Incheon Football stadium in Incheon, Korea; Tele2 Arena and Stockholm Globe Arena District in Stockholm, Sweden and Van Andel Arena, a civic sports and entertainment arena located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Van Andel has generated over $175 million in ancillary development over five years and completely rejuvenated the Grand Rapids downtown area.  ROSSETTI is also currently working with the Green Bay Packers and Ottawa Senators designing sports anchored developments.

Many well-known Detroit landmarks have come alive under Matt’s tenure as leader of the firm, including Ford Field, the Compuware World Headquarters, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Headquarters, Greektown Casino-Hotel and more recently, creative renovation of several historically significant buildings in the Central Business District.  The firm is currently working on large master planning and development projects for The Entertainment District, The Detroit Riverfront, and the Tiger Stadium Redevelopment.  Matt is also the third generation Rossetti to design/renovate Cobo Hall and Convention Center. 

A third-generation architect, Rossetti assumed the role of president in 1999 and has grown the 45-year-old business into an internationally-recognized design firm with a portfolio of award-winning sports, entertainment, corporate and interiors projects.

Rossetti's pursuit of innovative design also has married the principles of urban development and the catalyzing effect of sports facilities by creating integrated entertainment districts. He was elevated to the College of Fellows by the AIA in 2012 for his expertise, study and work in the field.

Judith Grant Long Ph.D. is a city planner and economist who studies sports and tourism mega-events with the aim of improving host city outcomes.  Her latest book project,  "Olympic Urbanism: Rome to Rio" explores the long-term impacts of building for the Olympic Games. She is Associate Professor of Sport Management at the University of Michigan, Co-Director of the Michigan Center for Sport and Policy.  Prior to Michigan, Long was on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and served as the Director of the Master in Urban Planning program.

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