Margulies Perruzzi Architects Congratulates Architect John Pearson On Affordable Housing Advocacy Award

Margulies Perruzzi Architects Congratulates Architect John Pearson on Affordable Housing Advocacy Award

Margulies Perruzzi Architects Congratulates Architect John Pearson on Affordable Housing Advocacy Award

Andover Community Trust bestows its highest honor on longtime board member

BOSTON – Aug. 19, 2013 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, is proud to announce that architect John Pearson, AIA, a senior associate at the firm, has received the Fred Stott Advocate Award from the Andover Community Trust (ACT), a non-profit affordable housing community land trust based in Andover, Mass. John was awarded the honor for his tireless efforts to build and fund ACT’s homes and recognized for his leadership as ACT’s president and chief architect.

Since 2009, ACT has given the Fred Stott Advocate Award in memory of Fred Stott, a committed ACT board member and tireless advocate of affordable housing in Andover. As ACT’s highest honor, the award honors the ideals expressed when Fred invited the community to unite its resources and voices on behalf of an organization with good and high intentions.

A member of the ACT board since 2002, John is currently serving his eighth year-long term as president, overseeing all aspects of the organization including policy, planning, fundraising, and promotion, and applying his architectural expertise to the design and construction of ACT homes. Since joining the organization, John has designed and managed the renovation or construction of three of ACT’s six permanently affordable homes in the Andover community. In 2006, John was one of six people in Andover recognized by the Andover Rotary as a “Citizen Who Cares,” primarily for his involvement in ACT.

“ACT’s mission is to add to the affordable housing supply, one home at a time, and maintain the economic diversity of the families in our community,” said Susan Stott, executive director of Andover Community Trust and Fred Stott’s widow. “This award recognizes John’s advocacy, vision, and leadership in shaping and implementing ACT’s mission, as well as his designs and hard work, to provide the Town of Andover with permanently affordable homes.”

“We are incredibly proud of John’s achievements with ACT, as well as his commitment to providing affordable housing in his own community of Andover,” said Dan Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “The Fred Stott Advocate Award is not given every year, and only a few individuals have been bestowed the honor. We know of no one more worthy of this honor than John Pearson.”

Based on a strong belief that economic diversity is an important contributor to vital and livable communities, Andover Community Trust advocates for and develops permanently affordable homes in Andover. ACT builds modest, three-bedroom homes to meet the needs of eligible households whose income is between 60 and 80 percent of the area’s median income. Through generous contributions from individuals, banks, foundations, and landowners, as well as donations of pro bono professional services from local attorneys, architects and civil engineers, ACT is able to develop and sell an affordable home for $175,000 or less.

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