James Rappoport, AIA - NCARB

James Rappoport, AIA - NCARB

Rappoport Daroff Design

Philadelphia, PA 19103

About the Expert

Many recent legal cases in consultation with attorneys representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants have focused on premises liability, supported by on-site investigations, research and documentation, building code citations, ADA accessibility law citations and related local, state and Federal laws governing the built environment. Some of these premises liability legal cases have involved personal injury complaints, and some have involved wrongful death matters.

Areas of Expertise

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
Architectural Codes / Design & Standards
Architectural Practice
Building Codes
Construction Claims
Construction Disputes
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Failures
Hotel & Resort Design & Planning
Interior Design & Planning
Lending Practices – Development
Premises Liability
Professional Liability
Restaurant Accessibility Planning
Site Assessment & Development
Slips and Falls
Standard Of Care
Urban Development & Planning
Zoning & Land Use

Expert's Profile

James Rappoport is Principal – Architect of Record at Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects PC, a full service Urban Design, Planning, Architectural & Interior Design practice founded in1973. The firm specializes in ground-up, renovation, and historic adaptive reuse projects for office facilities, hotels, resorts, retail and shopping facilities, restaurants, residential, meeting, conference and training facilities, aviation terminals, gaming and entertainment projects throughout the USA and Internationally.

Mr. Rappoport has successfully provided technical consultation, expert witness reports and opinions, affidavits, certificates of merit, depositions, mediation presentations, testimony and pre-trial support in more than 400 legal cases, engaged by both defendants’ and plaintiffs’ legal teams.

Each of these 400 + legal cases have settled prior to trial.

Mr. Rappoport is the author of several professional text books and trade journal articles, has been awarded multiple copy rights and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the International Code Council (ICC), and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

See website for additional information about James Rappoport at www.jamesrappoport.com

Personal Achievements


  • B. Arch. Cornell University 1964 MS Arch. & Urban Design, Columbia University 1966


  • Licensed to practice architecture in 33 US States

Special Training

  • Ongoing continuing education in the field of architecture and design.


  • Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Certified by the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB)
  • Member of the International Code Council (ICC)
  • Member of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA)


  • Author of numerous texts on the subject of architecture, the built environment, landlord - tenant lease and tenant fit-out project management.

Military service

  • Peace Corp.

Prior assignments

  • Consulted on more than 400 legal cases, each settled prior to trail

Listed in the Following States

James Rappoport, AIA - NCARB is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).