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Lessard Design is an international architecture and planning firm committed to creating environments that inspire connection, collaboration, community and commerce. Located in metropolitan Washington, DC, we also have offices in Boston and India. Chris Lessard and the firm’s award winning designs have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Urban Land Magazine, American Builders Quarterly, Design, Develop & Construct Journal, Builder Magazine, Building Design & Construction, Professional Builder and Remodeler, Multifamily Trends, Green Business Quarterly and Inform Architecture & Design. Our understanding of global cultures is translated through design that is sensitive to cultural geographies, communities, traditions and values. Lessard firm leaders have experience working in nearly 20 countries with projects in the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Lessard’s diverse international team provides the expertise to manage clients through all design phases – from feasibility, strategy and through construction.


Lessard Design creates cities that work. We provide strategic and smart planning for existing and growing communities throughout the world. Our experts work closely with clients to define a broad vision that meets objectives and provides highly functional and aesthetically pleasing environments. We understand how people live, work, and socialize. Our urban planning and designs create destination points with ease of access, public spaces that encourage interaction, and generate relevant context in existing neighborhoods. We plan for expansion, growth, renewal and the future.


Lessard Design Inc. provides architecture and planning services for new construction, redevelopment, adaptive re-use, renovation and expansion projects. Lessard’s clients have long valued of the firm’s depth of services and broad-reaching expertise since Lessard’s founding more than 30 years ago. We have the ability to understand the economic constraints of a project associated with land values, project financing and market conditions, and assist clients from the very early planning and zoning stages through to design construction.

The firm’s expertise include all types and scales of residential; mixed-use; hotels; resorts, casinos and spas; office; retail/entertainment; student housing; green design; urban and town planning. It is this combination that has led to the firm’s “one-stop-shop” reputation and many long-standing, repeat clients. Lessard’s consistent delivery of high-quality professional services has led several of the firm’s clients to commission the firm over 100 times. We have experience working across America with projects in all regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and the Northwest.


Lessard’s depth of experience combined with innovation has positioned it as an industry leader in the development of practical and affordable design solutions. The firm integrates a unique combination of land planning services and architecture within a single organization, offering clients land use analyses and planning options to obtain the maximum return on investment. Our driving force is to exceed clients’ expectations in quality, value, and reliability while producing outstanding design. These attributes and the ability to analyze each development from a marketing perspective, bring continual repeat business to the firm.

  • Architectural Design
  • Site Planning and Master Planning
  • Sustainable Design
  • Site Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Rezoning and Entitlements
  • Real Estate Development Expertise
  • Urban Design
  • Programming