High quality design, personalized to suit your needs.

A4 Architecture + Planning is an award-winning architectural planning and design firm based in Newport, Rhode Island. We provide first class design to commercial, institutional, and residential clients throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. 

At A4 Architecture + Planning, we are committed to delivering high quality design that is carefully detailed and responsive to our projects. We believe that every building, house, office, and store comprises a portrait of the physical needs and aesthetic aspirations of that particular client.


A4 Architecture + Planning is led by Ross Cann, AIA. He has been a licensed architect since 1993 and is currently registered in New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. As a NCARB certified professional he is able, if necessary, to obtain reciprocal licensure throughout the country in a short time period. During his career, he has led the design efforts for numerous large scale retail and office projects in the Northeast and around the country. 

He earned his Masters Degree in Architecture at Columbia University where he studied with Bernard Tschumi, Robert A.M. Stern, and Steven Holl. He earned a Master of Philosophy degree in Architectural History at Cambridge University, UK where he was a Crockett Scholar, and won the Trinity Hall Publishing Grant for his thesis. He earned his B.A. degree from Yale University with honors and majored in Architecture and Molecular Biochemistry.

Ross Cann is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Newport Art Museum, the National Tennis Club, the Yale Association of Rhode Island and the American Institute of Architects’ Rhode Island chapter. He is a member of the Washington Square Advisory Commission, the Preservation Society of Newport County and numerous other committees, groups and organizations.

What We Do


Residential Renovation

Ross Cann is fortunate to have been able to earn degrees in architectural history from Yale, Columbia and Cambridge Universities and he brings his understanding of small differences in architectural style and knowledge of proper proportion to each and every project. Because of our broad architectural background, we are equally comfortable doing renovations to McKim, Mead and White homes, as we are to designing sleek, modern masterpieces.


Commercial Renovation

As architects we can help you envision what the final product will look like, and anticipate many of the complexities of implementation to help save time and money during construction. By producing a carefully detailed set of drawings, we enable our clients to get accurate, competitive estimates rather than back-of-the-envelope guesses from contractors. Many clients are concerned with how much quality architectural service will cost them. A better question is how much money and aggravation good architectural services will save them.


Urban Planning

We are committed to providing responsive service, and work carefully to give each client honest advice and good guidance throughout the building process. No process of construction is more difficult or expensive than one that has not been carefully planned from beginning to end.

We often work with clients who have previous building experience. We are pleased when they say that we have helped make the process infinitely more enjoyable and less expensive than their past projects. If you are interested in doing a high quality project while achieving maximum value for your expenditure, we can be of help to you.


Browse through our Select Works to see exactly what it is we do: