About Us

The Firm

Claude C. Lapp Architects is a distinguished and award-winning architectural firm specializing in the practice of custom residential architecture in the Washington, D.C. area. Our mission is to provide our clients with the highest-quality design suited for their lifestyles, expectations, and budget.

Our versatility and imagination allow us to make your design dreams your reality. Our vast resume and expertise of multi-disciplinary design services serve to enable us to work with you from concept to final product. We can design your project to fit within the historical confines of your particular area while including modern amenities and flow throughout the plan.

Throughout the years we have established lasting relationships with some of the area’s best builders. These relationships allow us to match clients with the right builder for their respective project.

Claude C. Lapp, Architects specializes in the following services:

  • Custom and speculative residential architecture
  • Single-family design
  • Large-and small-scale additions and renovations
  • Historic preservation
  • Townhomes

We have amassed hundreds of homes in our library and are ready to take on new and exciting challenges to meet your needs!


Claude C. Lapp, AIA

Principal Architect

After graduating with a B.S. in Architecture from The Catholic University of America in 1978, Claude (“Chris”) went to work for a well-known residential firm, Patterson and Worland. It was through this apprenticeship and his six years of field experience in the construction industry that enabled Chris to then successfully establish his own firm, “Claude C. Lapp, Architects” in 1992.

Chris is dedicated to working closely with his design team and insists on taking a hands-on approach with every single project. He is directly involved with the quality initiatives including design excellence and technical delivery. He is always taking continuing education courses to better his knowledge of the ever-changing construction industry.

His six years of field experience in the construction industry, as well as his love of solving puzzles, has given him the ability to design projects that give his clients a sense of home while falling within their expected budgets.

Chris is involved in many organizations including: The Knights of Columbus, Civitan, Rebuilding Together, Youth Football, and other various volunteer activities.