Vose House, Barrington, Rhode Island

tappé architects, boston, massachusetts

Tappe Architects, Inc. was founded in 1979 as a continuation of the firm of Huygens and Tappe originally begun in 1962. This ongoing practice is credited with more than 250 institutional and municipal projects as well as numerous private institutional, residential and commercial commissions.

As founding principal, Tony Tappe oversaw the firm’s work for over three decades prior to the organization transitioning to new ownership and management in 2000. Prior to 1962 Tony worked at Walter Gropius’s iconic firm, The Architects Collaborative (TAC), in Cambridge MA.

In 1979, Mr. Tappe was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and was past President of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). He served on the Board of Directors for the Boston Architectural College (BAC) and was Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Tony was a visiting architect at the American Academy in Rome in 1997.

Glenn House



Our school clients rely on us for full spectrum services from system wide feasibility studies to school planning and construction. We understand current trends in educational curriculum and the evolving requirements of specialized learning. This expertise is reflected in many completed new and renovated academic facilities for both public and private schools. Our designs are unified around the goal of creating carefully scaled and engaging learning environments flexible enough to support both group and individual learning.



National and international clients turn to us for informed current thinking on library design. We have acted as the prime Architect and also as a consulting designer for library projects throughout the country, enabling us to share our expertise in a broader geographic area. Our collaborative approach, combined with our understanding of innovations in library design and the delivery of library services ensure that our libraries are vital and dynamic facilities, transforming individual lives and enhancing communities.



Colleges and universities have engaged Tappe Architects to assist with diverse projects such as student centers, libraries, learning commons, dormitories and laboratories as well as campus master plans. Our list of clients includes MIT, Wellesley College, Endicott College, Tufts University, Curry College and Norfolk State University. We have acted as Architect-of-Record and as consulting architect on academic library design and interiors. Appreciated for the quality of our service, we have completed multiple projects on the same campus.



Whether an art museum or event space, we are always interested in taking on engaging projects of all types. We have completed many municipal projects including a combined police/fire station, town halls and studies for combined municipal facilities – often several for the same community. Our portfolio includes residential facilities as well as spaces for retail and hospitality. All of these various commissions have in common a rigorous and collaborative planning process and elegant and thoughtful execution.