The Tappe team combines passion, longevity, expertise and a collaborative energy to consistently achieve excellent outcomes for our clients. Committed to client service, we aggressively manage cost, schedule, technical excellence, and provide active and thorough participation during construction for every project.

For nearly four decades, we have sustained our focus on delivering elegant, appropriate and carefully detailed buildings. Our firm heritage is founded on the design of memorable places that foster learning. Whether a high performing school, a compelling performance venue, a noteworthy exhibition space or an innovative library, we believe in the importance that these institutions have for communities and for society.

We are highly regarded today by the design and construction industries but most importantly by our clients. Our buildings embody the character and vision of the communities and institutions for which they are built. This is the central mission of our work – giving built form to our client’s aspirations.




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.