CAPLES JEFFERSON ARCHITECTS is a design and architecture firm founded in 1987, in New York City, by principals Everardo Jefferson & Sara Caples. The firm designs architecture that is engaged with social, cultural and community concerns. The firm builds sustainably for the long term and for a broad public.  

CJA has built significant projects such as Queens Theatre-in-the-Park & Weeksville Heritage Center, cultural centers that honor and revitalize their communities and urban settings. Whether designing a room, building, or campus, CJA creates architecture that speaks emotionally to the spirit, aspirations & history of the people who inhabit the space. The firm designs buildings that serve as civic anchors in the public realm—buildings that culturally broaden modern architecture through the exploration of materials, form, movement, transparency, light and color. 

CJA offers architecture and interior design services, as well as master planning, urban design, research and programming. The firm has completed over 200 projects for civic, corporate, educational, cultural, public and private clients in the United States and abroad. Sustainability is crucial to the firm’s design philosophy. Structures are built to last, with materials & renewable energy options carefully chosen considering their long-term footprint. Efficient construction, the use of natural light, air, and select materials are key functional and aesthetic elements. 

In 2017, the firm will be honored with the AIA NY President's Award. The firm was awarded the AIA’s New York State Firm of the Year in 2012. The firm's work has been widely published (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Domus, Architect Magazine) and among the "Top 50 Sustainable Firms in the United States" in Architect 50, a nationwide ranking by Architect Magazine.

We are a MBE (Minority-owned Business Enterprise) certified at NY City, State & federal levels. In 2009, we were designated New York City's MWBE of the Year. 


A collection of essays and photographs highlighting the best projects of our firm over the last 30 years


The photo to the right shows Weeksville Heritage Center, which was awarded the 2014 MASterworks Best New Building, AIA NYS’ Best in New York State, and a Historic Districts Council Design Award, among others. The design exploration of African architectural form with Modernist ideas, and the sensitive reading of the African-American experience is acclaimed by the international architecture community, and the local Brooklyn community alike.