Lappas + Havener Co-Founder Bob Lappas Announces Retirement

Lappas + Havener has announced that Bob Lappas, the firm’s co-founder and partner, has officially retired after 32 years of practicing landscape architecture. Lappas spent 19 years as owner and co-founder of the firm.

Lappas and Walt Havener combined to found Lappas + Havener, PA, in 1993 in Durham, N.C. Having previously practiced in large architecture and multi-discipline firms, the founders used their early experiences to shape the type of landscape architecture currently practiced at the firm.

Through the partners’ efforts, Lappas + Havener is now known for iconic landscape design throughout the Southeast.

The firm has developed award-winning projects across architectural site design, urban design, community and recreational planning, and comprehensive master planning for cultural institutions and corporate, university and municipal clients. It is best known for its excellence in master planning and site design for museums, universities, corporations, healthcare facilities and civic spaces.

Lappas helped lead the firm to receive recognition for its accomplishments in developing and perfecting the conditions and atmosphere of sites for museums, centers for the visual and performing arts, and civic spaces, including the Charlotte Afro-American Cultural Arts Center, Durham Performing Arts Center, and North Carolina Museum of Art’s Sculpture Gardens and Art Park.

The firm will celebrate its 20th anniversary later this year.

Havener will continue as design director, building on the firm’s history of growth and innovation. The firm expects to continue its leadership transformation, which included expanding to include Eric Davis as principal in 2009.