Chip Desmone


Chip Desmone, AIA, LEED AP, is the charismatic Principal/President of Desmone Architects.  After graduating college in 1987 he joined his dad, Luke, at the firm.  Before becoming an architect, Chip grew up around the office taking on many roles and learning about the business.  Of his early days Chip says, “I started working for my dad’s company washing coffee mugs, cleaning drafting tools, vacuuming and making prints on an ammonia printer (major headache!) in early high school.”

As the Principal of the firm, Chip is no longer washing coffee mugs, but rather spends most of his time on the hunt for new projects. When asked to describe his job Chip said that he, “gets the firm new work, manages the vision and reputation, motivates the masses and smiles daily!” Chip’s favorite part of each project is getting the job and that he could not possibly pick a favorite project as he loves them all equally.

Having grown up in Pittsburgh and as a Central Catholic High School and CMU school of Architecture graduate, Chip has strong ties to the city. The Desmone office moved to Lawrenceville 20 years ago before the revitalization of the neighborhood was in full swing. Nowadays Chip enjoys the street vibe around the area. He lives in Fox Chapel with his wife, Lynn, and two sons Luke and Joey.