History of Company

In 1968, James Manguso, a University at Buffalo (UB) architecture graduate, entered the design profession, first in structural/civil engineering and then in architectural engineering, when he accepted a position at, Rupley Bahler Blake, a local consulting firm. That job did more than jump-start his career; it introduced him to Conrad Lauer, a 1972 architecture graduate of UB. "After working together for several years, Cal and I decided to strike out on our own. So we took a leap of faith and established Lauer-Manguso & Associates Architects in 1982. " What started out as a modest endeavor above an auto parts store blossomed into the thriving business that Lauer-Manguso enjoys today.

As the business grew, they purchased their own office building in 1985 and expanded with building additions. "We acquired several new clients such as Benderson Development Co. Inc.; Host Marriott (HMS Host); HSBC Bank USA; Mighty Taco and Myron M. Hunt, Inc. that required us to have more space to accommodate our growing staff." The company is now located in a 6,000-square-foot facility that supports a staff of 30 and an array of services including architecture, interior design, site planning, civil and structural engineering, industrial design, feasibility and condition studies, master planning, construction administration and computer animation/modeling.

James W. Manguso, AIA  Senior Partner
Principal in charge of company operations. Personal design strengths include architectural, structural and planning for commercial, industrial and governmental, multi-family housing and civil type projects.

New York, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Bachelor of Architecture, 1974

Professional Affiliations:
  • American Institute of Architects - Buffalo, WNY Chapter
  • National Council of Architectural Review Board - NCARB
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Leadership Buffalo
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation - Board of Directors

4080 Ridge Lea Road, Buffalo, NY 14228  |  ph: 716.837.0833  fx 716.837.5734