A skilled consensus builder and an articulate contributor to the collective dialogue surrounding architecture and social responsibility, Jim has worked with client and professional organizations at the local, regional and national level.
James E. LaPosta, Jr., FAIA, LEED AP is JCJ Architecture’s Chief Architectural Officer and he is responsible for overseeing the delivery of comprehensive architectural services. Serving as Principal-in-Charge and Design Principal on many of the firm’s public commissions, Jim has dedicated his career to the planning and design of K-16 Education, Civic and Community projects.
A skilled consensus builder and an articulate contributor to the collective dialogue surrounding architecture and social responsibility, Jim has worked with client and professional organizations at the local, regional and national level. Jim has been an advisor to the Boston Architectural Center, the University of Massachusetts School of Fine Arts and has contributed to the profession as a design juror and symposia participant. Jim served as Chair of the American Institute of Architects National Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA CAE) and leads JCJ’s current engagement as a Knowledge Partner to the American Architectural Foundation’s Design for Learning program. In 2013, Jim presented findings and recommendations to the Connecticut Safe Schools Summit convened by the Commissioner of Education in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy; since that time, he has worked with institutions and educators on design that promotes personal accountability and the connection of individuals to their broader community. Jim has been a featured speaker at conferences such as the Society of College and University Planners, the Council for Educational Facilities Planning International and the National School Boards Association. He organized the AIA CAE’s Global Perspectives on Pedagogy and the Built Environment Conference in Helsinki.
Jim’s dedication to promoting innovation, professional values and service excellence is evidenced by his status as a member of the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Architecture, and is currently licensed to practice in 25 states. Jim is on the Board of the Marianapolis Preparatory School and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture. He is has been certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO).