Jake LaChapelle is involved in the execution of all projects in the office, through all phases of work. This currently includes more than 30 capital improvement projects for the NYC School Construction Authority and 29 capital improvement projects for a variety of libraries and cultural centers for the NYC Department of Design and Construction. In addition, he is directing the exterior renovation of over one hundred New York City Housing Authority apartment buildings.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mr. LaChapelle has prioritized resilience design work to satisfy the needs of many affected housing communities. He was honored to share his expertise at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2014 in a session titled "Improving Building Resilience - Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy."
Mr. LaChapelle directed the adaptive reuse and emergency stabilization of the historic Empire Stores in Brooklyn; a nearly 400,000 square-foot brick warehouse building on the waterfront. He has also managed several residential projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn, corporate office renovations in midtown Manhattan, and several restaurant build-outs.
In addition to Mr. LaChapelle’s design and management contributions, he has continued the Nelligan White commitment to effective use of new technologies to aid in design, and in the development of new construction technologies.
Mr. LaChapelle received his BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley with a minor in Art Practice. While there he was the recipient of the 1998 Bakewell/Brown Award for Architectural Detail Drawing. He also completed studies in language, art, and culture in Italy at the Istituto degli Stranieri in Siena. For several years after completing his architecture degree, Mr. LaChapelle operated his own design/build firm specializing in residential renovation.
Mr. LaChapelle has been a guest critic at Columbia University School of Architecture and University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He is a winner of the 2008 Reinventing Grand Army Plaza design competition sponsored by the Design Trust for Public Space.