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Thomas Jester, AIA, FAPT

Senior Associate

Thomas Jester is experienced in the design of rehabilitation and restoration projects, and preparation of condition assessments, historic structures reports, and master plans. Counting Alvar Aalto and Frank Lloyd Wright among his architectural heroes, Tom has been a leader in the preservation of modern architecture since the early 1990s, and served as the editor of Twentieth-Century Building Materials: History and Conservation (McGraw-Hill, 1995). Somehow, he also finds time to coach and play ice hockey! 

Of his project portfolio at QEA, he feels a special affinity for the Eastern Market roof restoration, which required creative solutions to maintain the historic appearance following a devastating fire. “It was rewarding to be involved with a building,” he notes, “that so many know and care about deeply.”








Joined QEA in 2006


  • University of Maryland, Master of Architecture, 1999; 
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Historic Preservation, 1991; 
  • Colby College, B.A., 1988

Many think that working on historic buildings doesn’t involve ‘design.’ Nothing could be farther from the truth.