GARY LAPERA, AIA MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES Principal-in-Charge/Lead Architect
Gary Lapera is a Lead Designer and Principal of MGA with 23 years experience, 20 of which have been as a Lead Designer (for planning, architecture and interior de- sign). He joined the firm in 1983 and became a Studio Head in 1986. Mr. Lapera has a wide range of skills and interests that allow him to manage many of the firm’s local and international projects. With a specialty in a wide variety of mixed-use projects, there is a convergence of building types in his work. He has completed a number of concept master plans for TODs, town centers and similar projects. He was the Principal Planner/Architect for the Washington Redevelopment District, a TOD; the Ogoori Railroad Station TOD; and New Jersey State Police Headquarters and Train- ing Center Concept Master Plan in West Trenton, NJ, all of which are particularly relevant to West Windsor’s requirements for its transit village and town center. He is very familiar with the Princeton Junction area, and he is experienced in achieving Design Excellence and his projects have won numerous awards.
EDUCATION Master of Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1983 Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1981
REGISTRATIONS Registered Architect (New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Indiana) NCARB
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS Anacostia: Washington Ballpark Redevelopment District/Transit-Oriented Development Concept Master Plan, Washington, D.C. Principal-in-Charge and Lead Planner/Architect for the Concept Master Plan for a 7 million S.F. development in the Washington Ballpark Redevelopment District in Washington, D.C. The site, which surrounds a new major league baseball stadium is located along the Anacostia River. Several Metro stops were major factors in developing the plan. The program included 1 million S.F. of retail, restaurant and entertainment facilities, as well as 1 million S.F. of office buildings, and 5 million S.F. of hotels and residential space, making the area a destination. With direct connections to the Washington Metro, below-grade parking was provided for 8,000 cars. The development was organized by a series of landscaped open spaces thematically linking the project to the river. The riverfront is extensively redeveloped with an esplanade interspersed with parks and a small marina.
Ogoori Railroad Station Transit-Oriented Development Concept Master Plan, Ogoori, Japan Principal-in-Charge and Lead Planner/Architect for a mixed-use complex at Ogoori Station. The project included a business hotel, a tour bus depot, a department store, other retail uses, residential functions, parking, a cultural hall accommodating 2000-
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY