Location: Decatur, Georgia, United States
James R. Vaseff, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architecture.
With an inquisitive eye for design, Mr. Vaseff wanted to be an architect since he was old enough to understand what the term meant. “Growing up in Chicago was very inspiring to me,” he says of his early childhood, noting that he loved admiring the buildings within the city skyscape and other significant manmade landmarks. Growing into adulthood, Mr. Vaseff showcased a passion for knowledge and a curiosity to learn more across a wide range of subjects. He excelled in his education and set the stage for a career that would bring many accomplishments and gratifying moments. By the time that Mr. Vaseff earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College in 1971, he had already garnered five years of experience working for various architectural firms in Boston, MA, and in London and North Carolina when school was out of session. Very quickly, Mr. Vaseff established a reputation of excellence as an emerging leader within the field of architecture. The leadership and skills he possessed led him to achieve a Loeb Fellowship for Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where he was able to professionally develop his skills under the tutelage of key leaders in his field.
In his career, Mr. Vaseff has held prominent roles within his industry. Notably, he was an instructor of architecture for the College of Architecture for the University of North Carolina, acting chief of the Historic American Engineering Record for the U.S. Department of the Interior, chief of the Preservation Services South East Region of the National Park Service, senior advisor of community and economic development and manager of external issues for governmental affairs for the Georgia Power Company, and vice chair and member of the board for the Coperniche Wealth Institute. Mr. Vaseff has also found success in career-related endeavors. He is a former chairman, vice president and treasurer of the Issue Management Council, former president of the Georgia Downtown Development Association, former member of the Georgia State Planning Advisory Committee, former member of the State Codes Advisory Committee, and former chairman of the Georgia National Register Review Board. His most noteworthy achievement includes successfully leading the three largest rezoning efforts that Atlanta, GA, had ever had.
Mr. Vaseff is a recognized leader and expert in urban design, historic preservation and economic development. His accomplishments have led him in achieving many honors, including a Howard Chase Leadership Award from the Issues Management Council and the title of “Rotarian of the Year” by the Atlanta Midtown Rotary. He has contributed to his field through his involvement with key industry organizations including the American Institute of Architects, for which he was previously chairman of its National Regional and Urban Design committee. Looking ahead, Mr. Vaseff intends to continue in his work in the architectural field while seeking new opportunities to impact his industry in the years to come.
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