The Return of Jonathan McConnell!

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We are very pleased to announce the return of Jonathan McConnell. Jonathan completed an internship with us last summer. During that time, he constructed physical models, revamped our Revit library, completed the base work for a pro bono project, and prepared various presentation drawings. At the conclusion of the internship he remarked, “What I like best about Ross Design is the atmosphere of genuine care that comes from working with a small, dedicated, passionate team. It’s inspiring to work with people who are just as obsessed with architecture as I am.” Following the completion of his degree, it’s this very atmosphere that lured him back. We couldn’t be happier to announce that Jonathan is joining Ross Design full time as an intern architect. He holds a B.Arch from Kennesaw State University. In his final year there, he produced an award-winning thesis project. Out of 39 thesis entries, he placed 3rd overall. He focused on codifying the tiny house movement. He proposed a system in which a series of small house designs would be produced in direct response to their respective physical and economic construction environments. Furthermore, he proposed an infrastructure and business plan that would streamline the process of getting potential clients into the houses at hyper-affordable rates. Prior to KSU, he obtained a B.A. Philosophy from Oglethorpe University. There he was a member of the NCAA Stormy Petrel soccer team. Though his architectural interests are widespread, he’s particularly interested in the built environment as an expression of values, designing spaces that enhance users’ daily rituals, the ways in which philosophy intertwines with architecture, and the ways in which abstract ideas can be concretized through the built world. Outside of architecture, Jonathan enjoys immersing himself in all things philosophy, fitness, writing, podcasting, film and more. He is tremendously excited to make the transition from the academic world to the professional realm. We welcome his energy, passion, and excitement. Welcome aboard, Jonathan!

Lost-n-Found Youth House under permit!

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The new home for Lost-n-Found Youth is finally under permit. When complete, it will bring new life to a long vacant, 100 year old duplex in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. At a time when the Midtown area is undergoing a vast amount of change, it is a positive for the community that we were able to help this historic structure adapt in a positive way. Ross Design is proud to have provided the design work for this worthwhile charity as part of our commitment to giving back to the larger community.

The mission of Lost-n-Found Youth is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths aged from 13 to 25 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing and living situations. Education, social services and counseling are all a part of the process. Many of these kids have been traumatized from being thrown out by their families and their subsequent lives on the streets. LNF helps them become more stable by taking the uncertainty of where to sleep and what to eat out of the equation. They provide counseling services, help the kids through the GED process and get a job. In short they help them become functioning and contributing members of society.

When finished the project will provide transitional housing for 16 youth and a much needed drop-in center for those still on the streets. It is expected that construction will be complete and the home open for business by the time next winter rolls around. This facility will allow them to more than triple their impact.

Go to to learn more about the organization. While there, you can also contribute to the cause!

For Sale….

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Sometimes our clients decide to put out the “For Sale” sign in front of our projects. After being enjoyed by the clients for over 10 years, one of our favorite houses has been placed on the market. It is a sad day, but great to look back in this video and see how much of the work withstood the test of time. whole frontThis photo is how it looked when I first saw it!

Here is the current Video link! Enjoy!

Friday night fun!

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For most of the world, Friday night = Fun! One of the things I enjoy most is the social aspect of the job! Last Friday night Trinity Mercantile & Design had an opening to celebrate moving into their new space! It was great to see Wallace, Lisa and company and celebrate their success.

As an added benefit, I got to hang with 2 of my favorite ladies of interior design, Stephanie Andrews and Elisabeth Paulsen of Balance Design. I’ve had the enviable pleasure of collaborating with them on several projects resulting in happy homes for many items from this great establishment!

It was also a good night to shop as the owners were donating 20% of that evening’s purchases to “Press on To Cure Childhood Cancer”. Of course I indulged and found a piece I couldn’t live without! Evan the Elephant now has a new home!

Evan the elephant!

it takes time……sometimes a long time!

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Like fine wines,sometimes designs take time to come to fruition. This project, begun in 2007, was put on hold back in 2008 when the markets crashed. Reactivated last spring, I am happy to report it is finally above ground. The good news is that even with the intervening years, the basic design and layout stood the test of time and did not change much. The project includes an extension to the family room, a poolside porch, and a 2 car garage with a studio above. Tied to a difficult geometry imposed by the building lines, most of the revisions focused on making sure that the family’s requirements were achieved in the most efficient way. Other revisions were based on minor additions to the program. While it doesn’t look like much right now, it will dramatically add to the Client’s enjoyment of his home! The contractor provided these shots, I’ll provide more as the project progresses!

breezeway framing to exist house