James Pappas is president of Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc. Architects and Planners, founded in 1963. He joined the firm in 1984 as a staff architect, became vice president in 1989 and in 1997 moved to the role of president. As president, he has developed a mission statement in which the firm’s philosophy is to provide each and every client with the highest level of service possible including a personal working relationship with the principals of the firm from the inception of a client’s goals, through construction and occupancy. Jim takes a personal role in every project with which the firm is involved.
For more than 25 years, Jim has been a leader in the design of environments of living. He leads with a focus on giving back to the community whenever and wherever he and his firm can. He has been recognized as a champion in helping nonprofits throughout Southeastern Michigan, with a focus on addressing housing insecurity, poverty and geriatric support.
Prior to Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc., Jim spent over eight years working as a staff architect for firms in Southeastern Michigan. As an alumnus of Lawrence Technological University, he holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Jim’s professional affiliations include membership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Michigan Society of Architects (MSA), The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Code Council (ICC), as well as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
He has been registered as an architect since 1981 in the State of Michigan, and is currently registered in Ohio, Indiana and Florida as well. Additionally, he has held a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certificate (NCARB) since 1989. Jim is also a Qualified Historical Architect by the Historic Preservation Office.
As a member of the Bureau of Fire Services Adult Foster Care Rules Committee, he has contributed to the proposed Adult Foster Care Fire Safety Rules.
Community service positions include Vice President of the Board of Directors at Project Compassion, Inc., which operates a nursing and senior care community. In addition, he is a committee member for Community Housing Network, Inc. and Volunteers of America Michigan for the organization’s annual fundraising events.
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