John J. Savasta is a Co-founder/Owner and President of CSS Architects Inc. His 40 + years of professional experience have included working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, City and Town Municipalities, and private clients. He has the ability to perform all phases of design and the construction process.
Kaja Savasta is Principal of the firm, a registered Architect, Interior Designer, LEED Accredited Professional, and is MCPPO Certified. Her Professional experience encompasses over 30 years working with Educational Facilities, State and Federal Agencies, Housing Authorities and Private Clients. Kaja’s expertise has been focused on all phases of Architectural and Interior Design from programming to construction administration and specifications. She has been a key member of CSS Architects since 1995.
Christopher Clocher is a registered Architect and is one of CSS Architects’ most versatile and resourceful Project Managers. His ability to design, detail and manage complex projects is a great benefit to both CSS Architects and their clients. Chris has been with the company since 2007 and has expanded his expertise to include renovation/ preservation architecture.
Iris Davis is a Senior CAD Technician and designer with 20 years of professional experience in the field of architecture and interior design. Iris joined CSS Architects Inc. in 2002. Her expertise involves production of schematic design, design development and construction documents. She assists the principal and does extensive work on marketing, proposals and brochure development.
Gregory Rochlin is a registered Architect and Senior Project Manager of the firm, his professional experience encompasses 40 + years working with commercial, residential, and institutional clients. Gregory brings extensive experience as a design build contractor which provides invaluable insight in design detailing, cost estimating, materials and construction scheduling. Gregory has specialized in preservation and restoration of historic structures including exterior envelope mitigation and replacement of building components including windows, roofing and masonry.
Lisbeth Marcelino is a CAD Drafter and Design Illustrator with multiple years of experience at CSS Architects Inc. Her experience has focused on exterior shell mitigation and stabilization. Her expertise includes marketing, 3D modeling and rendering, presentation layout and design, and web development. Lisbeth assists Kaja and John Savasta during the study phases, schematic design, design development, and construction document phases.
John Tomaz is a LEED Green Associate, a CAD Drafter and designer with many years of experience at CSS Architects Inc. His experience has focused on exterior shell mitigation and stabilization. His expertise includes designing and detailing roof, window, door and exterior replacement systems. John also has rendering and building information modeling (BIM) experience. John assists Kaja and John Savasta during the study phases, schematic design, design development and construction document phases.
Suzi Weber joined the CSS Architects Inc. team as the firm’s Operational and Administrative Assistant in 2005. In addition to supporting the principals and staff at the firm, Suzi’s responsibilities include bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable and general accounting, assisting the marketing coordinator, and organizing the day-to-day operations of the office.
John Savasta's experience and expertise includes providing landscape design for small to midsize projects by researching plants, vegetation, climatology and using Auto CAD. John’s responsibility includes processing and distributing shop drawings and distributing design documents to the team’s consultants.
The firm's uniqueness is its culture, philosophy, and beliefs derived from integrity, character, and ethics of the owners and staff and the manner by which they collaborate and endorse team spirit.
CSS is committed to inspiring new professional leaders from within the firm. They will carry the culture of the firm through their entrepreneurial, creative and congenial spirit. The professionals in our firm are trained, well rounded architects who can carry out many levels of firm practice from programming to construction administration. The hands on work ethic of the firm's leaders are a model for the junior staff members.
Our staff is practical, innovative, and empathetic listeners who enjoy working side-by-side with clients. Our client's success is our success and we are committed to achieving their vision and goals with the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm.
Awards & Recognitions
The Principals and staff are committed to excellence in design and reliable project management. We are dedicated to completing
projects on time, within budget and with the highest quality design.
CSS also has been recognized by DCAM House Doctor Design Services Excellence Award 2003 for Roof Replacement and Restoration, the Massachusetts Historical Commission 2000 Honorable Mention Award for preservation of the Lowell Superior Courthouse and the Preservation Award for preservation of the Stained Glass Dome in the State House Hall of Flags. Also the Honor Award, Performance Award and Cost Award for four consecutive competitions in AGC's Build Massachusetts competition. We are featured in the Illustrated Dictionary of Architectural Preservation publication.
David A. Stephans, Chief of Police, Hudson Police Department
“John Savasta worked diligently on this project from the minute he undertook it. His Study concluded that renovating the existing facility was not a viable option and that construction of a new building, even though it was more costly, was a much better use of town funds as it would incorporate two government offices into one building design. Mr. Savasta brought us plans that made changes to several times. He never complained about the amount of changes we asked for, in fact, he recommended several changes himself that we thought were excellent and adopted his ideas readily.”
Anthony Marques, Director of Public Works, Town of Hudson
"As Principal in Charge, John Savasta was cooperative, informative and forthright during the needs assessment and investigative periods. He and his staff offered useful and beneficial alternatives without sacrificing the intended purpose or process. He solicited input from the department in order to provide and accurate depiction of the existing structure."
Marshall Jespersen, President, International Cars Ltd./ Honda North
"We have enjoyed out relationship with CSS Architects and recommend them for their creativity, their attention to detail and their professionalism."
Richard J. Feeley, Chairman, Municipal Building Committee, Town of Mansfield
"On behalf of the Municipal Building Committee, we appreciate the efforts put forth by your firm to generate such a comprehensive report for the town of Mansfield."
Alan F. Taubert, P.E., P.L.S., Superintendent/ Town Engineer, Swampscott Board of Public Works
"CSS Architects Inc. has been a valuable asset. We have been impressed with their eagerness and ability to understand our needs. We have found the staff to be courteous, competent, professional, and always available."
Charles Gaeta, Executive Director, Lynn Housing Authority
"I am writing this letter to compliment you and the staff at CSS Architects Inc. who put forth so much effort for us and for our new Administration Building; they have done an outstanding job. We are very happy with the facility and it has made a great improvement in our efficiency and staff management. Our tenants are also pleased with the Community Room and Kitchen and particularly the ease of access they have to the new building. The design and choice were right on the mark."
David M. Bond, Highway Superintendent, Town of Topsfield
"I have been impressed with their eagerness to understand our needs and persistence in making sure they are addressed. John Savasta and his staff have earned my confidence in their design and technical capabilities."
Town of Winthrop, Community Development Office
"Their knowledge of construction procedures brought true value to our team and made our work easier.We are pleased to be able to endorse the work of CSS Architects Inc. from a design as well as a technical performance standpoint."
Paul Caggiano, Director of Development, Integratech Solutions
"Your staff and you have always been there for us and over the past ten years our relationship has proved to be of great benefit to Integratech Solutions and me. I enjoy the hands on involvement you have continued to provide us and look forward to working with CSS Architects on future projects."