Les Shepherd, FAIA, LEED AP

Director of Planning

In his leadership role, Les is an integral part of EYP’s high-performance design leadership team. He works with project teams across all sectors to strategize innovative solutions to complex programmatic challenges, and to maximize the design potential to advance the client’s mission. 

Les spent 25 years with the US General Services Administration (GSA), where he served as Chief Architect for 10 years and was the Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the GSA, and to the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) regarding federal architecture and design policy and innovation. He has guided more than 110 projects with a value of more than $7 billion executed by 11 GSA regional offices. His accomplishments have earned him many prestigious industry awards, including the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award.


The Challenge of Modernization

by Les Shepherd

University of Houston, Student Center

Gone are the days when new construction was held to a higher standard than renovation. Fully modernized buildings are now expected to rival or surpass new construction in energy performance, functionality, and comfort. Meeting this challenge requires the architect and the entire team to go on a journey of exploration within an existing building. They must be part detective, part historian, part diplomat, soothsayers, and master communicators – all closely collaborating with one another to realize the full potential of the building renovation while fully respecting the spirit and intent of the original designers. A modernization project today challenges not only the architect but the entire design team in a way that no other project does.