As the CEO of Desmone Architects, Chip Desmone is responsible for running all facets of the business. Charles L. “Chip” Desmone II, a third-generation architect, joined the family firm in 1987 upon graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. Since then, and especially over the past 15 years, the company has grown immensely, taking on new partners and expanding from mostly regional residential and commercial offerings to a wide array of multi-family developments, office, corporate, higher educational, religious institution and industrial projects throughout several states. Collectively, Chip has managed over 3,600 projects during his time at Desmone Architects.
From the moment you meet Chip you know how passionate he is about his staff and the company he and his father have built. Not a day goes by where Chip doesn’t greet each one of his employees with a ‘Good Morning’. Chip’s infectious love-for-life attitude is embedded in Desmone’s company culture, which is something that is not taught but felt. Which is why Desmone Architects has been named Best Places to Work for over 15 years. Chip is truly committed to making Desmone Architects a fun environment and place where his employees want to be.
Chip gives back to his profession and others by serving as a President and in many leadership and advocacy roles, working towards furthering the establishment of historic preservation and use of green energy both regionally and throughout the US. In fact, Chip played a large part in the revitalizing historic structures in Lawrenceville, starting with his own office the Pennsylvania National Bank Building, the Engine House 25, the Bath House, and Stable House, just to name a few. Since 1993 with Chip’s vision, he and the Desmone team have been changing the landscape of Lawrenceville and the Pittsburgh region. Aside from all the wonderful things he does at Desmone, Chip is extremely active in American Institute of Architects (AIA) nationally, regionally and locally, some positions include President of the State and Pittsburgh Chapter, Regional Representative, Design Health Leadership Group, Federal Architecture Task Group, AIA MBA and Committee Chair member for the AIA PAPAC, Member of Gov’t Affairs and Chapter Relations Committees and AIA Pittsburgh P.A.L.M., NAIOP, and SMPS. Other professional affiliations Chip is involved in are Strip District Neighbors Board, it’s Community Development Committee, I Have a Dream Foundation and Pittsburgh Film Makers & Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Chip’s vision and enthusiastic demeanor has made Desmone Architects what it is today, but if you know Chip well he would not take any of the credit himself, but it’s all thanks to his staff.