Licensed from the Beaux-Arts School of Architecture Paris-La Villette, Paris, France, in 1986, Philippe has been working in Humboldt County since 1987. After four years as a partner with Stockness-Lapotre Architecture and Planning, he became a California Licensed Architect in March of 1992 and started Philippe Lapotre Architects.
Philippe has been involved in all phases of project development, from programming and feasibility studies to full submittal construction administration. From the very large (123 unit housing complex in France) to the very small (light fixture design), from retail-commercial to single family residential, he has always put design in the forefront to provide the best architectural response for the intended use, within the established budget. His designs focus on the specific character of the project's needs, constantly strives to reflect the personality and culture of its Owner and fit the environment they are built on. A building must grow from and complement its surroundings not impose upon it.
Drawing from his international experience and cultural background, Philippe has the ability to generate alternatives to conventional design thus providing a broad variety of styles that can adapt to the specific needs of each client. His focus on sustainable design started in school and in Humboldt County with his first Solar Home Design in 1982, and continues to date with the design of a LEED® certified building for the City of Eureka, Winzler & Kelly's office building, and the design of the largest geothermal HVAC system on the North Coast at the Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River, CA.
Locally born and raised, Daniel graduated from Eureka High School where he first discovered the fun of drafting, Architecture, and AutoCAD. He then went on to attend College of the Redwoods Drafting Program where he learned the basic skills needed for what would prove to be a bright future in Architectural Drafting and AutoCAD Technology. Daniel continues to perfect his computer skills as he is continually challenged with ever changing projects and conditions.