John W. Chapman

President | Principal

John W. Chapman, AIA

A founding principal of KCCT, John Chapman is a leading authority on US diplomatic design worldwide, borne out through an extensive portfolio of secure, sustainable facilities for government, institutional, and private clients and diplomatic, military, intelligence, and transportation market sectors. He guides 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 three key components: thoughtful and innovative design, specialized experience founded in exploration and research into building types, and a rock-solid reputation of integrity and reliability.

Utilizing his design expertise to guide highly sensitive global projects in the diplomatic, military, intelligence, and transportation markets, John has overseen the delivery of 11 new embassy campuses, six new diplomatic office buildings, 20 major embassy renovations, and 15 historic building restorations, 10 of which were listed on the Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Properties. He has managed over 80 stand-alone projects and 200 task orders worldwide; additionally, he has managed design and construction of 35 diplomatic facilities overseas through design-build partnerships.

John has served on the AIA Federal Architecture Task Group and the US Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Industry Advisory Panel, leveraging perspective he gained from design efforts that date back to the early Inman program. An untiring advocate of design innovation, John routinely probes and tests underlying security assumptions that drive current embassy planning and design criteria. He has presented before the National Academy of Sciences, and his case study on the design of rapid transit systems is published in The Encyclopedia of Architecture.

Years of Industry Experience

Bachelor of Architecture | University of Tennessee
McClure Fellowship Recipient, International Development

Professional Licenses, Certifications, Memberships, and Associations
American Institute of Architects