about

Please come visit us at Goodhouse Design, LLC, where Jessie Chapman and Peter LaBau have a small studio devoted to traditional architecture and design. You can follow Goodhouse on Instagram to see more about their practice.

About Sketchwell:

Sketchwell is the brainchild and alter-ego of Jessie Chapman, an architect based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She’s been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, and has discovered more ways to adapt and integrate her love of sketching into day-to-day life and architectural practice. You can see some of her artwork on Instagram by following @sketchwell.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College, she began working for an architecture firm in New York City that specialized in historic preservation. A love of old buildings and great design led her to pursue a Master of Architectural History at the University of Virginia, where she also completed her M.Arch in 1998. She has since worked within and alongside numerous architecture and landscape architecture firms including Abbott & Skinner, Charles J. Stick, Brady Mitchell Anderson, LaBau and LaBau Architecture and Design.  She is a LEED Accredited Professional and also spent several years at William McDonough + Partners, a practice devoted to highly sophisticated sustainable design.

Jessie has been practicing as a Licensed Architect in the state of Virginia since 2009 and became NCARB certified in 2011. She is a frequent guest critic at UVA’s School of Architecture, most recently leading a design team of twelve students in the Belmont Vortex all-school design charrette competition.

Travels and study in Rome, Venice, London, Edinburgh and Paris have deepened Jessie’s understanding and appreciation of the American landscape and architectural history. Travel sketching continues to inform her practice. She is an avid Urban Sketcher and serves on the Executive Board of the non-profit. Her design philosophy embraces both traditional and modern aesthetics: no matter the style, a solid understanding of history and context provides the foundations for successful design.

Contact Jessie through her firm Goodhouse Design, LLC