As a photographer, a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Tom Rossiter’s images reflect his experience as a maker and a lover of history, nature, culture and architecture. Through his commissioned work, Rossiter tells powerful architectural stories through the eyes of the architects for awards, publication, and presentations. His fine art work aims to synthesize his experience into offerings for the viewers and collectors.
Rossiter’s artistic journey started in high school where he was introduced to making pottery on the wheel. As a production potter in Laguna Beach he established the skills of the craft and proceeded to set up a pottery studio in Kansas City. Entering Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) as a potter his focus expanded to include photography, woodworking and architecture. Rossiter graduated from RISD with a BFA and a Bachelors of Architecture and The Senator Claiborne Pell award for Excellence in Art and Architectural History.
As a founding member of McClier, he helped lead the company to a 550 person design build firm. AECOM a global engineering giant purchased McClier, where he served as President. Rossiter managed the Chicago office for the Austin Company, worked as a senior designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and interned in the office of Charles and Ray Eames.
Rossiter has had numerous exhibitions of his photographs in galleries and Institutions including shows in Chicago and Palm Springs. He photographed the images for the book “Building Ideas, An Architectural History of The University of Chicago.” His most recent video meditation "Anthropocene Mountain" is a deep look into 8 billion people on the planet. The work is part of the Chicago Architectural Biennial 2021. His videos and photographs are a part of The Chicago Architecture Centers show Helmut Jahn: Life and Architecture. His work is in the permanent collections of The Art Institue of Chicago, The Cleveland Clinic, Hospice of the North Shore and many important private collections.
Rossiter has worked extensively on not-for-profit boards.