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Sonya Julian Lester


Associate Principal

“I’ve long observed how successful design can support well-being, promote sustainability, and bring derelict areas back to life. These factors remain my continuing concerns as an architect.”

The passion our performing-arts clients invest in their craft is infectious for Sonya. She’s constantly inspired by their work and strives to convey that energy into an equally moving built environment. As a skilled project manager and an advocate for sustainable design, Sonya draws on a deep background of work with higher-education facilities—especially the performing arts—to deliver projects that respond to our clients’ needs and delight and inspire their buildings’ end users throughout the United States and Canada. She coordinates both internal design teams and outside consultants for each project, and oversees its space planning, design development, and construction documents. She is particularly gifted at working day-to-day with our clients, keeping them abreast of each new development as their beautiful buildings come to life.

Our Perkins Eastman

Sonya has emerged as a leader and mentor in project management and client interface, and she’s a driving force in shaping the studio’s sustainability practices.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (213) 624-2775
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  • Education

  • Tulane University, M.Arch; B.Arch
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • U.S. Institute for Theater Technology - Architecture Commissioner