People

Wes Lachot

President, Designer

Wes began designing studios in the mid-1980s while he was pursuing his original career as a recording engineer and producer. He is first a musician, having studied music theory, composition, and jazz piano at Berklee College of Music, and is still active as a producer and session musician.

Wes spent many years studying acoustics, and is a proponent of the design principle known as "organic architecture." His designs reflect his belief that each individual part of a design should relate to the whole in a natural, organic way, and that a well thought-out design can continue to grow and evolve if its original inspiration is based upon certain universal fundamental principles.

Mathematics plays a large part in how Wes sees and understands music and acoustics.  In addition to studying the physics of sound, he has always been fascinated by the music theory ideas forwarded by Harry Partch and other avant-garde thinkers, and his design concepts work to bring together the disciplines of sound physics and music theory. 

Wes is deeply involved in every one of the firm's design projects, large and small.  His knowledge and understanding of the principles of organic design combined with his wide-ranging experience in the recording arts gives him a unique perspective, and the vision and passion required to design facilities that define the state-of-the-art.

Though not an architect, Wes has a long and successful history of working with independent architects and other allied professionals, to ensure the success of your project.

Wes is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America. 



Rob Warren

Designer

Rob received his Bachelors in Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University in 2006.  He has been providing expert drafting and 3-D modeling services for Wes Lachot Design Group since 2008.  Rob has a background in construction and a deep understanding of how buildings are built.  An avid musician and songwriter, he has been writing and recording music since an early age.  Away from the office, Rob works on custom guitar and gear design-build.



Lisa Lachot

Vice-President, Office Manager

Lisa studied Music at Berklee College of Music and attended several other schools before receiving her BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Lisa handles all of the administrative duties for the company; she is the person who actually runs the business.  Lisa has two cats, Pandora and Calypso, and studies jazz and plays upright bass in her spare time.



Wes Lachot Design Group Contact Info:

Wes Lachot Design Group
1022 Cane Valley Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Office - (919) 942-9434



Independent Architects And Allied Professionals:

The following architects are not employees of Wes Lachot Design Group, but are independent allied professionals. with whom Wes has had longstanding and successful collaborations.

Whitney Grumhaus

Wood Haus Architecture and Consulting

Whitney received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1999 and his BA in Creative Writing from Duke University in 1991. He has been a registered Architect in the State of North Carolina since 2005, and began providing architectural and drafting services for Wes Lachot Design Group in 2012.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, LEED-AP certified,  and an NCARB certificate holder.  Before attending graduate school, Whitney spent three years as an apprentice carpenter doing framing and trim work in custom homes.  He is a singer-songwriter and avid guitarist. His first solo record, "Been Here Before," was released in March of 2012.             



Barbara Richter-Norton

Richter-Norton Architecture, PLLC

Barbara is a licensed architect with experience in many different project types, including audio production facilities, medical, university, commercial, mixed-use and residential. She began her association with Wes Lachot Design Group in 2013. She has a great deal of interest and experience in universal design implementation. Barbara enjoys collaborative efforts, and has been involved with numerous design charrettes during the course of her career. She earned a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 1988, and is a member of the A.I.A.