Growing up amidst the beautiful homes of his family in Lake Wales, Florida shaped Stapleton's career path. While pursuing a Bachelor's degree and then a Master's degree in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, the influence of refined taste became fixed in Stapleton's creative style. His affinity for historical homes was further ingrained while he worked restoring Eighteenth Century houses in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
In 1966, Stapleton began working in Tampa. He started his own company, Stapleton Gooch, Incorporated in 1973 and has applied his design skills in some of the most distinguished homes in the Tampa Bay area. Since opening the doors of his design studio he has worked on projects locally, nationally along the Eastern Seaboard, throughout the Mid-west and South, and Puerto Rico. He has also worked internationally in London, Ankara and Bermuda.
Stapleton passed away September 27th, 2016. He believed in working individually with every client and paid particular attention to the design elements of scale, proportion and function. These philosophies with be continued by his long time associate, Julie Palios. Since 1980, Julie has worked hand in hand with Stapleton to assure each project was completed to the satisfaction of the client as well as Stapleton.