Jonathan F. P. Rose

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Jonathan F. P. Rose
Born1952 (age 70–71)
EducationB.A. Yale University
MRP University of Pennsylvania
Occupation(s)Planner, Real Estate Developer, Author
Known forFounder and president of Jonathan Rose Companies; Founded Gramavision Records; co-founded Garrison Institute, author of The Well-Tempered City
SpouseDiana Calthorpe Rose
Parent(s)Sandra Priest Rose
Frederick P. Rose
FamilyDavid Rose (great-uncle)
Daniel Rose (uncle)
Elihu Rose (uncle)
Deborah Rose (sister)
Adam R. Rose (brother)
David S. Rose (cousin)
Gideon Rose (cousin)
Amy Rose Silverman (cousin)

Jonathan Frederick Phinneas Rose (born 1952)[2] is an American urban planner and real estate developer. Through his corporation Jonathan Rose Companies, he is known for developing communities that are considered affordable and environmentally-responsible.[3][4][5] Apart from his involvement in various aspects of property, Rose has founded Gramavision Records, a jazz and New Music label. Rose has written several books including The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Rose was born in New Rochelle, New York, the son of Sandra (née Priest) and Frederick P. Rose of Harrison, New York, a Jewish family;[7] he was raised in Scarsdale, New York.[8] His grandfather, Samuel B. Rose, and great-uncle, David Rose, founded the real estate development company Rose Associates in 1928 and built small apartment buildings in the Bronx and then in Manhattan in the 1930s.[8][9] His father, Frederick P. Rose, who later served as the chairman of Rose Associates, expanded the company with his two brothers, Daniel and Elihu.[8] Rose attended the Horace Mann School and graduated in 1974 from Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy. In 1980, he earned a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania[2]


After graduate school, Rose joined his family's real estate company, Rose Associates, in 1976 to learn the practice of development. In 1979-80, he developed the American Thread Building, a live/work residential community that included computers and a data bank in each unit.[10] When New York City's Mayor Koch called for assistance in developing affordable housing, Rose Associates obtained development rights for the area around the Atlantic Terminal. Rose was named project developer. In 1984, Rose oversaw the design and approvals of the project, Atlantic Center, conceived of as a large scale green mixed-use, mixed-income communities, with moderate-income housing units to be built under the New York City Partnership New Homes program. Prior to the start of construction, the project was sold to Bruce Ratner's firm, Forest City/Ratner.[2][11][12]

In 1979, Rose founded Gramavision Records, now a subsidiary of Rykodisc, producing over 75 jazz and new music recordings of artists including Taj Mahal, the Kronos Quartet, and John Scofield.[13][14] In 1986, he became a founding board member for Jazz at Lincoln Center and was in charge of the design and construction of its home, the Frederick P. Rose Hall.[2][15]

In 1989, he left Rose Associates and founded Jonathan Rose Companies, a national development, owners' representative and investment firm. The firm is a developer of green, affordable and mix-income housing, known for its Via Verde housing project in the South Bronx, a joint venture with Phipps Houses, and Highlands' Garden Village, a mixed use mixed income urban infill community in Denver, Colorado. The firm's planning work is focused on facilities for lower income families and addressing environmental issues. As project managers, the firm works with cities and not-for-profits on projects such as Signature Theater on 42nd St. in New York City, The Orchestra of St Luke's DiMenna Center for Classical Music, The Irish Arts Center, and the redevelopment of the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering campus in Brooklyn.[4]

The Jonathan Rose Companies’ Smart Growth Investment Fund was the country’s first real estate fund focused exclusively on acquiring and retrofitting green buildings.[16] The firm now has six investment funds, four of which focus on affordable housing. In 2017, Rose's firm purchased Forest City's national federally subsidized affordable housing portfolio, as well as its affordable housing property management group and its FHA Mortgage operation.[17]


Rose is the author of The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, published by Harper Wave in September 2016.[18] Rose proposes a methodology built on five qualities: coherence, circularity, resilience, community, and compassion. Siddhartha Mukherjee commented that "...this provocative, important, and majestically composed book about the future of cities should be essential reading for our times." The review in the Stanford Social Innovation Review found that the book "overlooks organic and spontaneous responses to urban issues" and offered limited practical advice.[19] The book received a PROSE Award for 'Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher' in 2017.[20]


Rose was given the Visionary Leadership Award by the MIT Center for Real Estate in 2010.[21]

In September 2014, Rose gave the Dunlop Lecture at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, titled "The Entwinement of Housing and Wellbeing."[22] He became an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2014 is.[23] He also held the Yale School of Architecture's Edward P Bass Distinguished Visiting Architectural Fellowship in 2015.[24] Rose was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The New School in 2015.[25]


In 1977, Rose joined the board of The Educational Alliance, and served as the head of its real estate committee, overseeing the development of senior, homeless and affordable housing, drug treatment centers, and social services. In 1986, Rose joined Wynton Marsalis and a leadership group to form Jazz at Lincoln Center, of which he was chairman of the executive committee from 1996-2003, and oversaw the design and construction of its home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, named after his father. In 1992, Rose became the chairman of the board of the Greyston Foundation, a community development organization in Yonkers, New York, and lead its growth in the development of affordable housing, social services and job creation and training.[2] In 1999, Rose and his father created the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship with Enterprise Community Partners, which placed emerging architects in community development organizations.[26]

In 2002, Rose and his wife co-founded the Garrison Institute "to connect the wisdom of the contemplative traditions with social and environmental action."[1] He sits on the boards of Enterprise Community Partners,[27] the Brooklyn Academy of Music,[28] and is an honorary board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Museum of Natural History, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.[29] In 2007, he was named commission chair of the Green Ribbon Commission of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.[30] He was a member of New York governor Andrew Cuomo's NYS 2100 Commission formed in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Rose is married to Diana Calthorpe Rose, sister of architect Peter Calthorpe.[32] They have two daughters, Ariel Flores Zurofsky (born 1973 during Calthorpe's previous marriage), and artist Rachel Rose (born 1986).[2][1] Rose describes himself as both Jewish and Buddhist stating "I think Buddhism has really advanced the science of the mind, and Judaism has advanced the process of generosity."[1]

Selected works[edit]

  • Jonathan F.P. Rose (September 2016). The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life. Harper Collins Publishers.
  • Moral Ground, Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Trinity University Press. 2010. - chapter "A Transformational Ecology"
  • Biophilic Design; The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 2008. - chapter "Green Urbanism: Developing Restorative Urban Biophilia"
  • Jonathan F.P. Rose (2008). Green Communities. American Planning Association.
  • Jonathan F.P. Rose (2008). How Can Conservation Help? Using Land Conservation to Address Other Economic and Social Issues. Yale University.


  1. ^ a b c d IN PERSON; Developer With Eye To Profits For Society" By TINA KELLEY April 11, 2004
  2. ^ a b c d e f BuildingNY: "The Life of Jonathan F. P. Rose" October 10, 2012
  3. ^ Daniel Goleman (February 19, 2010). "Ecological Intelligence: Do Humans Have What it Takes to Survive?". Alternet. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b 30 Minute Interview: "Jonathan F. P. Rose" By VIVIAN MARINO January 15, 2010
  5. ^ Commercial Observer: "La Vie En Rose: Jonathan Rose on Making Real Estate Greener and More Affordable" By Danielle Schlanger January 7, 2015
  6. ^ Richard Florida (September 27, 2016). "How to 'Tune' a City". Bloomberg. City Lab. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  7. ^ New York Observer: "The Rose Family" By Jason Horowitz December 18, 2006
  8. ^ a b c New York Times: "Frederick P. Rose, 2d-Generation Builder And a Major Philanthropist, Is Dead at 75" By CHARLES V. BAGLI September 16, 1999
  9. ^ "Our History". RoseNYC. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  10. ^ McKeon, Nancy (August 31, 1981). "Wired for the Future". New York Magazine. New York, NY. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Rose, 37". Crain's New York. 1989. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Jesus Rangel (September 28, 1986). "A Plan for Brooklyn Rises at Atlantic Terminal". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  13. ^ Theater for a New Audience: "Jonathan F.P. Rose" retrieved April 10, 2015
  14. ^ Metropolis Magazine: "Game Changer: Jonathan F.P. Rose - A developer who combines a keen feel for the housing market with a genuine commitment to social justice, good urbanism, and green building" by Ian Volner Archived 2015-04-14 at the Wayback Machine January 2014
  15. ^ "How to 'Tune' a City". Bloomberg. City Lab. 27 September 2016.
  16. ^ Stephen, Del Percio (January 29, 2009). "Rose Smart Growth Investment Fund Makes First New York City Acquisition". Green Real Estate Law Journal. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  17. ^ Kusisto, Laura (March 2017). "New York Developer Jonathan Rose Plows Into Affordable Housing". Wall Street Journal.
  18. ^ "The Well-Tempered City". GoodReads. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  19. ^ Richard Sinkoff (2017). "Dissonance, Harmony, and Compassion". SSIR. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  20. ^ "2017 Award Winners". American Publisher Awards. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Three Days of Anniversary Festivities". MIT School of Architecture & Planning.
  22. ^ "John T. Dunlop Lecture". Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  23. ^ Julie Ann Engh (June 27, 2013). "AIA Convention Special: New Yorkers Shine as the AIA Honors Design Excellence and Public Service". AIA New York. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  24. ^ "The Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship". Yale School of Architecture. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  26. ^ "Rose Architectural Fellowship". Enterprise Community Partners.
  27. ^ "Six Public Interest Designers Selected for Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship Class of 2015-2017". Enterprise. January 16, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  28. ^ "Board of Trustees". Brooklyn Academy of Music. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  29. ^ "Board of Trustees". NRDC. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  30. ^ "Greening Mass Transit & Metro Regions" (PDF). Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  31. ^ "Recommendations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State's Infrastructure" (PDF). NYS 2100 Commission. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  32. ^ Urban Land Institute: "C. Nichols Prize Winner—Peter Calthorpe" by Leigh Franke Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine August 3, 2006

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