Architect John Altobello has many years experience guiding homeowners through successful home renovation projects. With a Ph.D. in literature and a B.A in architecture, he has the necessary communication and design skills to grasp clients’ wishes for their home. He translates their desires into concrete design solutions. A cornerstone of his practice is the ability to build a dynamic and effective team among homeowner, architect and contractor and others. Under John’s leadership the team maintains open channels of communication about project expectations, goals, progress and outcomes. John’s design commissions include a house renovation that received an historic preservation award. Other projects involve transformations of older residences to satisfy the needs of today’s living. A family vacation retreat, a house built of local area stone, was designed to accommodate its challenging sliver of a site at the side of a mountain. At the Boston Architectural College, John has taught a segment in the professional practice curriculum. It deals with defining the key ingredients for how architect and client successfully work together. An active member of the Boston Society of Architects committees, John is currently involved in “Renovate for Recovery.” This volunteer effort benefits victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with home design solutions and materials which help them better cope with their physical needs and limitations.