Tappe Associates, Inc., in Association with John Cunningham Architects, designed a new library for the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Hellenic College. The siting and design of the new library connects this vertically fragmented campus by joining the upper administrative level of the campus with the lower classroom/gymnasium facility. An interior pedestrian street is envisioned, with places for repose and for interaction, serving as a central circulation spine, protected from New England winters.

The library is designed on four levels. The upper levels three and four front existing administration facilities to reinforce the notion of a campus center. Rare books and manuscripts are housed in the Fourth level under a domed structure. Entry to the library/classroom complex on level two as well as the pedestrian connection to the upper campus is provided at the lower level of the hillside. A curved arcade, which extends in front of the existing library, provides a welcoming presence to the campus. Circulation and parking in this area is organized more formally in order to define an “arrival” point for the campus. The first floor, which is one half level below level two, houses conference facilities, service and mechanical and electrical equipment.

The Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center serves the school and the greater academic and religious community by supporting the curricula of the undergraduate college and the master’s level theological seminary programs and by offering research materials for scholarly work.  In addition to the 60,000 volume print collection, the holdings of the Library include a rare book collection in Orthodox, Greek, and general religious studies, as well as an archive of materials related to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.



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.