Tom Jester

Tom is among the nation’s leading professionals in the preservation of historic buildings with particular expertise of Modern-era architecture. He brings skilled and seasoned leadership along with deep knowledge of preservation and materials science to guide the renewal and transformation existing structures to accommodate change. He deftly engages clients and stakeholders to develop consensus for complex projects to deliver lasting impact.

His diverse experience includes the rehabilitation and reuse of buildings from a wide variety of architectural eras— from National Historic Landmarks to significant Mid-Century Modern architecture. His book, Twentieth-Century Building Materials: History and Conservation, is a considered a seminal textbook on the restoration of Modern buildings.

Tom is an ardent advocate for the stewardship and sustainability of historic and significant buildings. His work often fuses groundbreaking scholarships, advanced technologies, and pioneering methods to preserve and protect significant places.


Master of Architecture, University of Maryland, 1999

Master of Science in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania, 1991

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Colby College, 1988


College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects 

College of Fellows, The Association for Preservation Technology

DC Preservation League      

DOCOMOMO International

Preservation Maryland, Board Member    

National Trust for Historic Preservation            


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