About T. LaPorta Architecture Studio
TLA is a different kind of firm. We are not concerned about having the next award-winning design, trying to get published, or just looking to put ourselves on the map with accolades. Our ego is not bigger than our client's projects. We also know we are not a name brand firm and we are not trying to be. What we do know is that our service, to all our clients, will exceed all expectations. We pride ourselves on being a firm that is heavily involved, available at all times, and providing everyone with the attention and dedication they deserve. Above all else, we know what we are doing and our clients will know they are in great hands when working with us. Putting everyone first is a job we handle and handle well.
Thomas LaPorta - the Principal
Thomas LaPorta: is the founder of T. LaPorta Architect, PC. Thomas has more than twenty years of experience in all phases of architecture and construction. Thomas started his career in the construction industry where he was a construction manager and partook in all phases of construction. After gaining valuable hands-on experience in construction Thomas moved onto investing in the redevelopment of distressed and abandoned residential properties. With this strong foundation of construction skills, Thomas then decided to begin his journey into Architecture. Since then Thomas has worked as a Project Architect and was also a partner in another firm for over fifteen years.
Thomas is a graduate of Drexel University with a 5-Year Bachelors of Architecture Degree that was recognized with the status of Magna Cum Laude. During Thomas's academic career he received numerous accolades for design competitions through his entire duration in the Architecture Program. Thomas also received an award for his Thesis which was recognized by the state and was displayed in the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.
While Thomas was in school he worked full-time at an Architecture Firm where he was a Project Architect and learned to develop himself in the field of Architecture as not to lose any time waiting until he graduated.
Thomas has been the Project Architect for a multitude of project types including commercial, industrial, institutional, tenant fit-outs, single and multi-family residential. From conception to completion, Thomas has exceptional experience with all phases of a project, including the city and state approval process.
Previously to founding TLA, Thomas was the co-founder of Gambino + LaPorta Architecture, where he ran the day to day business operations as well as manage their notable clientele. At GLA Thomas was responsible for designing and running over a million square feet worth of projects totaling over five hundred million in construction costs. The bulk of Thomas' experience is in Manhattan and Brooklyn along with the three other boroughs. The location of their work was not just limited to New York State, recent projects also included Illinois, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
In 2021 Thomas decided it was time to move on and start his own firm. This enabled him to focus on the development of his own office and ensure his relationships with clients and consultants were always his number one priority. Thomas is dedicated to getting things done correctly and promptly no matter what it takes. His passion for getting work done and sharing his knowledge in order to better serve his clients, consultants, and employees is his top priority. He is driven to be there for everyone who needs him, he can't help but give everyone and anyone his attention at all times. Due to his work ethic he is bound to his cell phone and email to ensure he is always available regardless of your project, or relationship.
When you work with TLA you are hiring Thomas. He will not hand you off to anyone in his office, he will always be your main point of contact on every project no matter the circumstances throughout the entire process. You will have the Principal of the firm at your hands at all times, you couldn't ask for a more dedicated Architect.