Ian Rosenberg has been involved for years in adding to the quality of life in the Houston region through projects at various levels, from his real estate work to nonprofit service to starting and running several small businesses helping to revitalize Houston’s Midtown.
Prior to founding INFILL, Ian spent 18 years in various positions at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, most recently as Project Manager. During his tenure, Ian has either been responsible for or participated in a multitude of large and small real estate projects culminating in the design and construction of the Branch’s new $95 million, 314,000 square foot facility near downtown Houston. Today, Ian continues his work with the Federal Reserve Bank.
Ian’s experience with the Federal Reserve Bank qualified him to participate on the planning and development team hired to construct the world’s largest cash management center for the Peoples Bank of China in Shanghai, China. During this 2 year project Ian was responsible for the project’s overall planning and conceptual design.
Additionally, Ian is actively involved in a professional capacity in several organizations whose missions are centered on the betterment of the City of Houston. Working closely with many public agencies, Ian has been instrumental in the planning and execution of projects on behalf of Main Street Coalition, including the re-introduction of medians into Main Street and the adoption of a new street signage standard, a planning study for a regional Inter-modal Center, the master planning of Fannin Station (a mixed-use urban project sponsored by stakeholders adjacent to METRO’s Fannin stop on the light rail), and the Urban Corridors Planning project (Houston’s most recent attempt at large scale planning). Ian has also served in several capacities on the Board of the Midtown Management District where he has championed the importance of quality urban development and planning.
Until the founding of INFILL, Ian served as the Project Manager for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, a non-profit organization working to physically improve Buffalo Bayou and its surrounding environs. In that role, Ian oversaw the development of the $15 Million Sabine to Bagby Promenade. Ian is currently engaged by the Partnership to provide development services for several project including the renovation and adaptive re-use conversion of the International Coffee Building, a 12,000 square foot structure built in the early 1900’s and the construction of Smith to Travis section of the Bayou Trail System.
Epitomizing Ian’s predilection for sustainable urban development is Ian’s purchase and renovation of a historic 1927 Mediterranean building into 13 Celsius, a European wine bar. His effort has been recognized locally and nationally and has earned Ian a 2009 Good Brick Award presented by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and the 2009 Development of Distinction Award presented by the ULI.
Ian duplicated this success with his second venture, Mongoose versus Cobra, the redevelopment of the Historic 1915 Auditorium Grocery Building into a modern saloon and beer hall. MVSC has received national press, the 2013 Good Brick Award and an Honorable Mention from the ULI’s 2013 Development of Distinction, all in its first year.
Lastly, INFILL is currently completing it’s renovation of the 1950’s Uniroyal Tire Warehouse at 2808 Caroline into the new home of Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, a new restaurant concept and creative loft office space.
Ian also serves on the Legacy Community Health Center and Fifth Ward Community Development Corporation Boards of Directors.
Ian received a Bachelors of Architecture from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston in 1996. He also attended the Centre d’Etude d’Architecture et d’Urbanism, Saintes France in 1995 and the Rice University Graduate School of Management for Advanced Project Management Program in 2001.