Jacques Lesec

Jacques Lesec

Napa, CA, US



With over a decade working as both an architectural designer and as a project manager on high end residential construction projects in the Napa Valley, Jacques brings a unique perspective to the table. His intimate knowledge of the construction process informs the framework for his collaborative design approach, which advocates for close collaboration with both homeowner and builder to deliver the best possible outcome.

Jacques began his career working for several award winning firms in Los Angeles and New York City, including XTEN Architecture, Belmont Freeman Architects, and Oyler-Wu Collaborative, where he collaborated on several highly published design concepts - most notably XTEN’s aMahouse in the Pacific Palisades.

Jacques moved from Los Angeles to Napa in 2016 and accepted a Project Management + Design position at Schmitt + Company General Contractors and their sister company The Home Index. Over the years, he gained valuable construction management experience, working on complex multi-million dollar custom estates.

Jacques Lesec earned his Master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and his Bachelors of Arts at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When not designing buildings, Jacques enjoys contributing to his local community as a large format metal artist. His sculptures have been featured at the Bottle Rock Music Festival, Napa’s annual Lighted Arts Festival, CIA Copia, and the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek. 


Jacques Lesec Architecture, Napa, Principal Architect

Jan 2020 - current

Schmitt + Company General Contractors, Napa, Project Manager / Architect

Mar 2017 - Mar 2020

XTEN Architecture, Culver City, CA, US, Intermediate Architect / Project Manager

Jun 2014 - Mar 2016

Oyler Wu Collaborative, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer/Fabricator

Mar 2014 - May 2014

Belmont Freeman Architects, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect - Project Manager

Feb 2013 - Feb 2014

The Guild, Design Build Collaborative, Brooklyn, NY, US, Freelance Designer

Jan 2013 - Feb 2013

SITU, Brooklyn, NY, US, Freelance Custom Fabricator

Nov 2012 - Jan 2013

Poetic Kinetics, Los Angeles, CA, US, Freelance Custom Fabricator

May 2012 - Sep 2012

Oyler Wu Collaborative, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer/Fabricator

Jun 2010 - Sep 2010

Oyler Wu Collaborative, Los Angeles, CA, US, Designer/Fabricator

Jun 2009 - Sep 2009


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, M. Arc 1 - Masters Degree

May 2009 - Sep 2012

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Political Science - International Relations

Sep 2004 - Sep 2008

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