John Chapman, AIA



For over 40 years, Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey (KCCT) founding partner and President John W. Chapman, AIA, has been designed and managed technically complex diplomatic, federal and transportation projects around the world.  As President, Mr. Chapman guides and sets the firm’s overarching business strategy, planning and development initiatives, while maintaining a lead design role on multiple national and international projects each year. Under his leadership KCCT delivers to each client three key components: thoughtful and innovative design; specialized experience founded in exploration and research into each building type; and a rock-solid reputation of integrity and reliability.

As Principal and Lead Designer, John’s design expertise guides highly sensitive global projects in the diplomatic, military, intelligence, and transportation markets.  Notable examples of his work include the new US Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico; the US Embassy in Mbabane, Swaziland; comprehensive renovations to the US Embassies in Budapest, Hungary and Bratislava, Slovakia and mass transit projects in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Bangkok. In all, John has led the design of ten new embassy compounds, six new diplomatic office buildings; twenty embassy renovations; and restoration of fifteen historic overseas diplomatic buildings.  

Mr. Chapman is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee School of Architecture and was awarded the McClure Fellowship in International Development for post graduate design research in Rome, Italy and Switzerland.  Additionally, Mr. Chapman has presented his work to the National Academy of Sciences, and served on the AIA Federal Architecture Task Group and OBO Industry Advisory Panel. He is a sought-out authority on US diplomatic facilities, and his case study on the design of rapid transit systems is published in The Encyclopedia of Architecture.