December 19, 2009 Reston Virginia, Virginia

James Rossant, Reston Planner and Architect, Dies at 81

Architect James Rossant, who planned Reston and designed Lake Anne Village Center along with William Conklin, died Tuesday at the age of 81.

Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, in a 1965 front-page article in the New York Times, described Reston as “an attractive cross between an updated Georgetown and an Italian harbor town like Portofino.” Indeed, the village center was designed by Rossant, who studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, to emulate the Italian coastal town.

A condo in the 1966 high-rise on Lake Anne by Rossant and Conklin is for sale here.