VergesRome Architects | New Orleans


Ernest E. (Chip) Verges II, AIA

Principal Partner

A pro-active and hands-on leader, Principal Chip Verges directs the planning and design of a wide array of projects for VergesRome Architects. With over thirty years of experience, his business skills and technical expertise generate projects that are not only innovative, but respect the client’s budgetary and programmatic requirements. Joining the firm in 1983, Chip became an Associate in 1988, Principal and Vice President in 2000, and President in 2006, carrying on a legacy of architectural excellence and service to the communities of the southeast.

As Principal In Charge on projects, Chip is actively involved throughout the entire design process from the initial concept meetings through the completion of construction administration. During this process, he works closely with clients to realize their needs and goals, and ensure projects respect schedules and budgets. In the office, Chip mentors VRA staff to promote the highest quality production.

Chip’s experience in management and design range in project type to include hotels, banking, educational, restaurant and retail facilities. Notable projects in his portfolio include lead design for the University of New Orleans Children’s Center, on-going design and construction management of Louisiana Bank Branches for J.P. Morgan Chase, design and project management for the 14-story La Quinta Inn & Suites downtown New Orleans, the historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the 192-room Alexa Hotel also downtown on Canal Street, Delgado Community College Student Life Center, as well as many school projects completed in St. Tammany Parish, Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish and Lafourche Parish.

Chip currently directs several premiere projects in the VergesRome studio, including the Omni Bank Main Office Renovation, post-Katrina renovations of the LSU Dental School, master space-planning for the Pan-Am Life Building downtown New Orleans, and completion of the new Ray Brandt Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler Jeep dealerships in Kenner and the West Bank Jefferson Parish. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Chip Verges received a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University in 1983. He maintains architectural registrations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, active in both Louisiana and New Orleans chapters. Chip’s service to his community includes involvement in the Carrollton Rotary Club, Louisiana State University Alumni Federation, and Sigma Chi Fraternity Alumni Association.

Memberships:  American Institute of Architects

Education:  Louisiana State University, 1983, Bachelor of Architecture

Registered to practice in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Colorado and Florida