Jessie Chapman is an architect based in Charlottesville, Virginia. 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 Brady Mitchell Anderson, LaBau and LaBau Architecture and Design on residential, commercial and civic projects. 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.