PRESIDENT AND CEO, AIA
Chris Lessard is the founding Principal of Lessard Design and is a registered architect in 18 states (District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Nevada). Throughout the Mid-Atlantic market, he is recognized as a design innovator which can be partly contributed to his uncanny ability to recognize and understand market trends. Consequently, Chris Lessard has been honored with over 450 national and local awards including ULI, NAHB, Aurora, Monument and Best in American Living.
Furthermore, Chris Lessard and his works have been prominently featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and several leading housing/architecture publications for his insight into real estate market trends. As a featured speaker, his expertise is sought in several seminars, at national conventions and trade shows including ULI, AIA, International Builders and Multi-Family Housing. He actively participates in the Urban Land Institute and National Association of Home Builders, Northern Virginia Builders Industry Association and numerous land development and code committees. As one of America’s top architects, Chris Lessard is a national leader in the planning and design of residential communities that include all product types. Lessard’s expertise includes the design of both the master plan for the multi-phase community – complete with a town center of retail, office, hotel and public amenities – as well as the architectural design for all residential products.
Under his supervision, the firm recently completed several multi-family projects including America’s largest LEED for Homes community: Capitol Quarter in Washington, DC; Meridian Tower at Grosvenor Station in Maryland; and two residential towers for Donald Trump: Trump Plaza – the tallest building in New Rochelle, NY and Trump Parc –the tallest building in Stamford, CT and the second tallest residential building in the state of Connecticut. Mr. Lessard has expanded the firm’s practice overseas with offices strategically located in Ahmedabad, India in response to a growing demand for the firm’s award-winning architectural and planning services in the Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to Lessard’s high-rise building and resort projects, the firm is able to provide high-density residential design solutions that work well in international, heavily-populated cities. Lessard’s experience in urban projects in the greater D.C. metro area and major markets across the United States is a significant advantage offered to developing markets.