2017-08-09 / Features

LIC Architect John Carusone Passes Away

John Carusone, a registered architect in New York state, served the Long Island City and Astoria community for over 40 years. He owned and operated a small, diversified, design-oriented architectural firm, John Carusone Architect PC, which opened in 1985. He later partnered with Jorge Cherres in 2014, establishing Carusone & Cherres Architects, LLC. His office continues to be operated by Jorge Cherres and Gianmarco Carusone, his son.

Carusone received a diploma from the High School of Art & Design, an associate degree in Applied Arts and Sciences at the New York City College of Technology, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute. He also participated in the Foreign Study Program in Rome, Italy. He has been a Registered Architect in New York State since 1975, holding a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Carusone served for six years with the New York State National Guard in the 69th Infantry Regiment.

His community involvement and professional expertise was reflected in his contributions as President of the Queens Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), on the Board of Directors of the New York Society of Architects, and as Chair of the Professional Design Center of New York. He also dedicated his time to serving as Chair of Community Board 1, and as a professor at Queens Borough Community College.

Born in Bellona, Caserta, a small village 30 miles north of Naples in Italy, Carusone was fluent in Italian. He resided in Holliswood with his family, and enjoyed playing tennis, golf and skiing, and was a member of the Swiss Ski Club of New York. He enjoyed traveling, and played several musical instruments, including the piano and the accordion.

Carusone was a passionate and ambitious leader who sought to contribute to the community in any way he could. He will always be remembered by his work, which will forever live on in the communities he served. He has proven himself as not only an intelligent, remarkable individual, but also as a loving and devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Laura and two children, Gianmarco and Daniela.

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