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SU alum is architect of Design Home 2013

Robert ZarelliThis fall, Design Home 2013, Boston magazine’s seventh Design Home project, is scheduled to open for public view. Some visitors tour the home for ideas, while others come for an inside look at the latest technology, materials, and other products. And this year, Syracuse University alums can take pride in the fact that one of their own is behind the design.

The Concordia, an oceanfront, luxury condominium in Swampscott, Massachusetts, is this year’s Design Home, and the sixth building designed and executed on Swampscott’s main street by architect Robert Zarelli ’69.

Zarelli and his team at Robert Zarelli Architect (RZA) have provided creative and comprehensive design services throughout New England for 40 years. RZA approaches every project being mindful of how the space might be used in the future, while adhering to traditional concepts and values. Known for its siting, scale, detail, and quality materials, Zarelli’s firm is experienced in renovation, luxury homes, multi-family residences, medical offices, facilities for the mentally and physically challenged, veterinary hospitals, religious buildings, and indoor pool facilities.

From the design phase to construction of the building, Zarelli loves the entire architectural process, and his passion for the field dates back to his days as a student at Syracuse University.

“The School of Architecture is what drew me to SU, and I still feel a great attachment to that part of the University. The courses integrate all the aspects of constructing a building, which is so important for architects to understand,” Zarelli says. “The intensity and demands that were asked of me proved to be invaluable once I began my career, and I owe a great deal of my professional success to the school and the faculty.”

Zarelli’s office in Marblehead, Massachusetts, is named Slocum Cottage, a testament to his fondness for the school. “SU and particularly the School of Architecture gave me so much,” he says. “I’m truly thankful for my experience and feel fortunate to be an alumnus of such a wonderful program.”

Zarelli lives in Marblehead with his wife, Deborah.

Design Home 2013 is scheduled to offer tours September 12, 2013—October 7, 2013, with 100 percent of ticket sales benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital. For hours, tickets, and more information, visit the Design Home 2013 website.