CAPLES JEFFERSON ARCHITECTS PC is a design and architecture firm founded in 1987 by principals Everardo Jefferson and Sara Caples in New York City. 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. The firm designs buildings that serve as civic anchors in the public realm—buildings that broaden modern architecture through a joyous use of form, movement, 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 100 projects for civic, corporate, educational, cultural, public and private clients in the United States and abroad. 
In 2012, the firm was honored as the AIA’s New York State Firm of the Year. The firm has been widely published (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Domus, Architect Magazine) and has received multiple awards, including an AIA National Honor. CJA is ranked in the Top 50 Sustainable Firms in the United States. Sustainability is crucial to the firm’s design philosophy. Structures are built to last, materials and renewable energy options are carefully chosen considering their long-term footprint. Efficient construction and the use of natural light and air are important. 

Weeksville Heritage Center 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. 

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