NCA Principal John K. Grosvenor, AIA received the 2015 Laurel Award for Artisanship from the Preservation Society of Newport County.  The award was presented at the PSNC’s Annual Meeting held at The Breakers. Watch the meeting at:

John has practiced architecture for over 32 years and is recognized for designing within the historical context and his projects range from large scale adaptive reuse to sensitive new construction. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Kenyon College and a M. Arch. from Miami University. John enjoys working with developers and finding dynamic new uses for historic landmarks. His boutique hotels, resorts, museum and residential projects have earned over 30 state and regional design awards including numerous AIA design awards, Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award, and the Outstanding Grow Smart Award.   His current projects include a world-class art museum overlooking Newport’s historic Cliff Walk and an antique auto museum on the famed Bellevue Avenue.

The Governor of Rhode Island appointed John as a director of the Architectural Registration Board for Rhode Island and he served on the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Committee for the development of the Architectural Registration Exam.  He also served as President of AIA/RI, Chairman of Preserve RI, and Commissioner of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission for 28 years. John is a sought after speaker at conferences on both historic tax credits and preservation issues and has presented at the Green Institutes Conference in Portugal, the Traditional Building Conference in Chicago, the American Planning Association Conference in Hartford, and the Institute of Classical Architecture Conference in Newport.

He is also a celebrated artist.  His watercolors were published in two award editions of American Artist magazine.  He was appointed to the Newport Art Museum Boards of Directors in 2014.  John also co-founded World Heritage Watercolor, which allows 20 artists to participate in plein air painting sessions at World Heritage Sites.