We are an architectural design firm based in NYC, founded in 1987.
We focus on design for the public, with an emphasis on cultural, educational and institutional projects.
We are delighted to announce that our Founding Principal Everardo Jefferson has been appointed Commissioner at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. We would like to share his opening statement to the City Council committee that considered his nomination:
Good morning Chair Koslowitz and members of the Committee for Rules, Privileges and Elections. Thank you for the opportunity to stand before you and answer your questions. I would like to thank Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson for the opportunity to appear before the Committee. It is an honor for me to be nominated to serve on the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
As a founding principal at Caples Jefferson Architects, I have spent the past 32 years creating architecture in communities that have often been underserved by the design profession.
We started out with small, local projects, such as adding canopies to Housing Authority buildings and creating a preschool in the former offices of Bronx Paradise Theatre. As our work progressed, we came more often to create educational, communal, and cultural anchors around New York City. Many of these projects have involved work on landmarks or in a landmark-worthy context.
I know, firsthand, the impact of development that respects and enhances an important historical resource. At Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, I led the team that created the new gateway building and campus extension. The architectural narrative of the new building celebrates the history of this freedmen’s village and its rediscovery, framing views of the houses and reinventing pastoral vistas. The project received national press coverage and was recognized by the New York City Public Design Commission, the AIA, the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Municipal Art Society, and the Historic Districts Council. Our new education building for the Louis Armstrong museum in Corona, Queens, helps point to the anchor of Louis and Lucille’s home, creating a stronger sense of place where this great artist lived and practiced, while reinforcing the scale of the existing neighborhood fabric. And the new building also adds a bright, shining note that points to the joyous singularity of Louis’ music.
I have dedicated my career to architectural design because landmarks have touched me personally and professionally. I came to the United States at the age of the 12 from my native country of Panama. Luckly, I was raised in the Bronx, around corner from the Hunts Point Library. Unknown to me at the time, it was the last Carnegie Library to be built in 1927. Designed by Carrère and Hastings, it is now a designated landmark. What it meant to me, as I spent many after-school hours there, was that it was a special place in the city, where an immigrant boy felt welcome. I still believe that stories like mine show the way that landmarks can speak to everyone. Having the ability to give back is truly a blessing.
Should I be approved to serve on the LPC, my experience will provide a critical grounding for considering new buildings in historic contexts. I am a firm believer that mindful combinations of new and old buildings, and additions to existing structures within the old fabric are crucial, not only for the city, but for all us, to leave the mark of our time and place. It has been my privilege to work in these landmark contexts and I am honored to be nominated to continue building that heritage in a different way as part of the LPC.
Read more about the Landmarks Preservation Commission: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/lpc/about/about-lpc.page
Caples Jefferson Architects’ design for the Weeksville Heritage Center was featured in Vermont Structural Slate blog as case study.
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AIANY Design Award | Honor Award
Associate Architect for The Forum at Columbia University
Caples Jefferson Architects worked on the "The Forum" for the Columbia University as Associate Architect
along with Datter Architects and the Renzo Piano for which we received
an Honor Award from the 2019 AIANY Design Awards.
Our Principals Sara Caples & Everardo Jefferson joyfully accepted the 2017 AIA NY President's Award at the annual Heritage Ball on October 26, 2017.
We are honored to be awarded the 2017 AIA NY President's Award, which will be bestowed at the annual AIA NY Heritage Ball. We are particularly delighted to be in the company of such distinguished fellow honoree: Type A Projects, Claudia Gould of The Jewish Museum, and Jeffrey Sachs of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. See the official announcement here: https://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=heritageball
The Louis Armstrong House Museum held it's Groundbreaking Ceremony on 17 July 2017. We are excited to move ahead with the construction of this cultural & education center honoring the life & legacy of the great Louis Armstrong, the one and only Satchmo.
The Africa Center project, located at 1 Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue NYC, is nearing completion of Design Development phase. This winter, we have been hard at work refining the concept for the main lobby Atrium space, with Bridges that connect the upper floors to the façade looking onto Central Park. In addition to the main Atrium, the designs for the Theatre, Galleries, Central Park Terrace, Business Lounge and other programming spaces are nearing completion. In addition to design, we produced visuals, including VR 360 video experience and a Flythrough video of the space, to support our client in their fundraising endeavors.
Caples Jefferson Architects has been selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) as one of the contracted design firms to support the department’s planning, construction and facility rehabilitation efforts at U.S. missions worldwide. Our year is starting off with lots of travel: CJA staff have already traveled to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South America, and Africa. We are excited to be on these journeys!