The Rez Cade at Tufts University

A comprehensive programming and building master-plan for the Mayer Campus Center by Tappé in 2009 resulted in a redesign of the Campus Center’s Rez Café. The new Rez serves the surrounding program of student dining. Open lounge furnishings and translucent screens – dualistically allowing natural light in while defining the café entity from the larger open dining space below.

Mayer Campus Center at Tuft University

A comprehensive programming and building master-plan for the Mayer Campus Center by Tappé in 2009 resulted in a redesign of the Campus Center’s central lobby space. The new lobby space was re-imagined with informational flat screen and streaming news ticker displays, a newly resin panel-wrapped interior ticket booth at the building’s main entry. Above the immediate entry space, the walls of the second floor mezzanine are clad in formed composite panels up-lit by color-changing LED lighting. A panelized wall-cladding system at the lower level was planned for removable panels for rotating student artwork, while openings at the upper level framing laser-cut MDF panels open views from the mezzanine to the adjacent Rez Café.

Tufts University Science Labs

Tappé Associates has been engaged for several years with Tufts University, completing several complex laboratory renovations in that time.  Challenges often include coordination and programming of intricate and spatially prominent mechanical equipment, both for space renovations into new labs and renovations from existing labs into new program, such as offices.



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.