Andrew Barresi / Principal-in-charge

Andrew provides overall design oversight and leadership for Roll Barresi & Associates. A problem solver by nature, he balances practical realism with an open-minded sense of possibility. He brings equanimity to the design process with a particularly keen instinct for effective consensus building, bringing together groups of stakeholders and pinpointing actionable insights.

Known for his technical expertise and sophisticated design sensibility, Andrew has focused creatively on larger wayfinding projects, including a graphics system for Johns Hopkins University, Brandeis University, Kenyon College, and the City of Newport (Rhode Island). His work for Newport earned Andrew an award from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design, and several other of Andrew’s projects have been published in SEGD Design, College Planning & Management and Architectural Record.

Andrew began his career as an engineer but felt a strong pull towards art and design. The two strands converged in his work for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, where he coordinated system-wide graphics and managed “Arts on the Line,” the organization’s public arts program. He left the MBTA in 1997 to join Roll Barresi & Associates and became the firm’s president in 2006.

Andrew received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and his Certificate of Design in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

2014 BSA Harleston Parker Medal
MFA Art of Americas Wing, Boston, MA

2013 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence
Claire T. Carney Library, UMass, Dartmouth

2011 Boston Preservation Alliance
Integration of Preservation and New Construction – Atlantic Wharf, Boston, MA

2011 Boston Preservation Alliance
New Construction in Harmony with Boston’s Built Environment – MFA, Boston, MA