About Us

​For more than 25 years, we’ve been helping public, private, and institutional clients create measurable results through our comprehensive process of analysis, strategy, and implementation.

"Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of those most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking."

- R. Buckminster Fuller, architect & engineer (1895-1983)

geodesic dome

Our inspiration lies in a 1967 visit to the world’s fair by Robert E. Rose, whose calling as a home builder, developer and craftsman was transformed by Buckminster Fuller’s iconic geodesic dome. Rose returned to Connecticut with a new vision for construction; one that fully considered a structure’s relationship to people and to the land. Since 1992, Kathleen Rose has continued her father’s vision by offering a wide variety of services that bring together real estate market, land use and economic development expertise, and a commitment to balancing the economic, environmental and social needs of every client.

Learn more about us by visiting the Team page and viewing our Project Portfolio.


We are proud to be publicly recognized for our dedication and commitment to our clients and our work as highlighted below in our list of recent awards.

Southern Economic Development Council Communications Award of Merit

Presented to Germantown, TN for the Germantown Economic Development Partnership website

Carolinas Council of Governments Region of Excellence Award

Presented to Davidson, NC for the “PiES” program (Project for Innovation, Energy & Sustainability)

The Vision Beaufort 2030 Comprehensive Plan Award of Merit

For a small jurisdiction by the SCAPA (In partnership with The Lawrence Group)

Comprehensive Plan (Small Community) for planning and urban design master plan, policy, and codes for Leland, NC.

Awarded by the NC Chapter of the APA Brian Benson (In partnership with The Lawrence Group)

Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award: Special Theme: Smart Growth

Awarded by the NC APA for the “Huntersville Downtown Master Plan” (In partnership with The Lawrence Group)

Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award

Special Theme: Small Community Renaissance Plan for the “Heart of Wake Forest Comprehensive Plan.” Awarded by the NC APA (In partnership with The Lawrence Group)

Special Theme Award for Smart Growth: for “Center of the Region Enterprise (CORE) Smart Growth Strategic Plan”, Raleigh, NC.

Awarded by NC APA (In partnership with The Lawrence Group)


Kathleen is one of the finest real estate retail consultants I have had the pleasure of working with over my career, which includes 7 years working for a competitor in the same line of work. She is very diligent, energetic, thoughtful, extremely intelligent and very bottom-line oriented. She is an excellent member of a multidisciplinary team and will always carry more than her share of the load.

David Leininger, CFO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Rose & Associates and Kathleen Rose have provided strategic planning, market feasibility and commercial needs assessments for a number of our projects in North Carolina. Kathleen has a unique ability to compress and interpret complex market demographics and real estate analysis in a manner that is easy to understand. Her research is thorough and firmly grounded in the market realities of the region in which she is working. We have integrated her studies into our planning efforts to ensure market feasibility of our designs and visions.

Craig Lewis, Principal, Stantec
Kathleen is an excellent and insightful analyst of development and demographic trends. She is able to analyze markets and communities quickly in ways that provide clear and usable information to urban designers and planners exactly when we need it during the master planning process. She has very good personal skills working with community groups and elected officials to explain the realities of the market in clear and easy to understand language.
David Walters, Retired Professor at UNC Charlotte Center of Architecture & Design


We are proud to be affiliated with the following professional organizations.