Principal | Kaplan Thompson Architects
Jesse is an award-winning architect who as become a national leader in green design and building science. Growing up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Jesse started his career working construction in high school. Since then, he’s been through every stage of design and building. Jesse is relentlessly practical, but he sees possibility for greatness in every project. He loves a good challenge.
Jesse’s always working on balancing elements—engineering with art and design, beauty with affordability, function with potential. His coworkers say that he’s grounded, precise, technically oriented, patient, and proven to get even the most impossible-seeming projects finished.
If Phil’s the initiator, the one who believes that if we jump, the net will appear, then Jesse’s the one who figures out how to build the best net. Jesse has “finisher tendencies,” and he relishes a seeing a puzzle through from start to finish. His portfolio straddles the residential and commercial worlds. A relentless learner, Jesse maintains our leadership in new energy efficient construction techniques, software adoption, and digital construction management.
Jesse is a graduate of the University of Oregon, current President Elect of AIA Maine, and a former board member of the Portland Society for Architecture. He’s a founding member of Passivhaus Maine and was the first architect in northern New England to become a Certified Passive House Consultant.