James V. Vitale, AIA, LEED AP, CASp; in association with Pizzulli Associates, Inc. since 1986 has offered conceptual architectural design and planning services, as a principal of the firm. Mr. Vitale has more than 35 years of expertise in the areas of forensic and environmental architecture, urban planning, commercial and retail architecture, access compliance and building code consultation. His work in the financial, entertainment, and automotive industries includes major projects for the corporate headquarters of ABC, ARCO, Coldwell Banker, First Interstate Bank, and Mazda, as well as projects for clients such as Credit Lyonnais, Hughes Helicopters, Raytheon, and Sony Music Entertainment.
His extensive environmental and architectural work includes ten years as an earthquake damage assessment and repair specialist. He has overseen the application, evaluation, and restoration processes for the City of Santa Monica Multifamily Earthquake Repair Loan Program, (MERL) and he has served as an earthquake damage assessment inspector and remediation architect throughout the San Fernando Valley. Mr. Vitale is a member of the American Construction Inspectors Associates (ACIA) and a registered construction inspector (RCI) and a board member. He served as a forensic architect on asbestos cases for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the University of California, Berkley.
He has been named a subject matter expert (SME) for the Certified Access Specialist program (CASp) by the state architect of California, holding certification number 007, has testified in federal Court as an expert witness and is a lecturer and trainer on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
As a respected urban planning expert having led the development of numerous residential projects for families and seniors in urban centers throughout Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has acted as a forensic architect, consulting for both public and private agencies as an expert witness and property condition assessor for multifamily, school construction, and historic preservation projects. He is a court-appointed referee for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mr. Vitale has studied Urban Planning and Architecture at California Polytechnic Universities at San Luis Obispo and Pomona and Interior design at the University of California, Los Angeles. Recent publications include articles in Walls & Ceiling magazine, Architecture California, The Inspector and Engineering Geology Practice in Southern California (Association of Engineering Geologists, 1992). A licensed architect in California, Mr. Vitale is an adjunct professor at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA where he lectures on Building Codes, the legal aspects of construction, estimating and Introduction to Building Inspection, and a trainer for the Division of State Architect (DSA) Academy.