Greg La Vardera

Greg La Vardera

Owner at Gregory La Vardera Architect

Greater Philadelphia Area
Architecture & Planning

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Greg La Vardera's Overview

  • Owner at Gregory La Vardera Architect
  • Founding Partner at Bygghouse
  • project architect at Costanza, Spector, Clauser Architects
  • project architect at Susan Maxman Architects
  • project architect at George Yu Architects (Philadelphia)

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Greg La Vardera's Summary

I am an entrepreneurial architect working on developing trends in residential design and construction, using business models outside of traditional architectural practice to extend opportunities and influence the market. I am engaged in the study off-site and lean construction methods for housing and maintain key partnerships with leaders in this field.

Currently engaged in:
- Development, marketing, and sales of market niche residential products leveraging demand unserved by wider housing market. Independent brand of catalog house plan products with focus on modern and contemporary design launched in 2002, ongoing.
- Working alliances with prominent off-site builders and house manufacturers. This extends the reach of our housing products to a different category of consumers.
- Working on development of off-site building techniques for the North American market oriented towards energy efficient construction, including the design of advanced wall systems.

Locally I have a hands on practice oriented to small to medium sized projects in residential and commercial. Our work in catalog houseplans has led to some demand for our design services for custom work outside of the normal reach of our local practice. Further goals are to extend the use of our modern and contemporary designs into local development and to facilitate other small developers in tapping this under-served segment of the market.


Residential Design, Green Building, Catalog House Plans, Development of niche markets in housing, Off-site and Lean construction methods, Energy Efficient Construction, Modern and Contemporary Residential Design, Design Focused process in Residential and Light Commercial.

Greg La Vardera's Experience


Gregory La Vardera Architect

January 1994Present (20 years 9 months)

Currently working to see USA New Wall and Swedish Platform Framing become the way houses are built in the USA moving forward.

Founding Partner


Partnership; 1-10 employees; Building Materials industry

2013Present (1 year)

Bygghouse is a construction technology consultancy focused on commercializing innovative technology from Scandinavia for making energy saving buildings in the North American construction industry.

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Architecture & Planning industry

December 1993December 1994 (1 year 1 month)

Project Manager on a range of Health Care and Commercial projects.

project architect

Susan Maxman Architects

December 1989December 1993 (4 years 1 month)

Project Manager on a range of University and Public Institutional Clients.

project architect

George Yu Architects (Philadelphia)

December 1985December 1989 (4 years 1 month)

Project Architect on a range of Commercial and Institutional Clients in urban settings.

Greg La Vardera's Projects

  • USA New Wall & Swedish Platform Framing

    • December 2010 to Present
    Team Members: Greg La Vardera, Scott Hedges

    USA New Wall and Swedish Platform Framing is an evolutionary development of standard American house framing practices that significantly increase energy performance using techniques familiar to any American home builder.

Greg La Vardera's Skills & Expertise

  1. Green Building
  2. Residential Design
  3. House
  4. Light Commercial
  5. Renovation
  6. Additions
  7. Sustainable Design
  8. Residential Projects
  9. Mixed-use
  10. Architectural Design
  11. Architecture
  12. Construction Documents
  13. Design Development
  14. Adaptive Reuse
  15. Master Planning
  16. SketchUp
  17. Residential Additions
  18. Rennovations
  19. Energy Efficient Design
  20. Building Science
  21. House Plans
  22. Off Site Construction
  23. Prefabrication
  24. Modular Building
  25. Energy Efficient Construction
  26. Construction
  27. Design Research
  28. Comprehensive Planning
  29. Residential Homes
  30. Sketching
  31. Submittals
  32. Sustainable Architecture
  33. Construction Drawings
  34. Architectural Drawings
  35. Urban Planning
  36. Interior Architecture
  37. BIM
  38. Space planning
  39. Historic Preservation
  40. Site Planning
  41. Architectures
  42. Urban Design
  43. Interior Design

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Greg La Vardera's Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BArch, Architecture


Renselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bachelor's Degree, BS Building Science


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