MA,MSc,RIBA, AIA, NCARB
Lester is responsible for co-running the London office. Since joining EllisWilliams in 2005 Lester has been the project director for a range of education projects in the primary, secondary, further education, and special needs sectors. Additionally Lester has led EWA teams providing client-side estate strategies for their secondary school and primary school estates. In the leisure sector Lester has designed several cinema projects. Several projects have received design awards. The Park Campus Pupil Referral Unit was the first new build of its kind in a generation and is used as a case study by Partnerships for Schools.
From 1997 to 2005 Lester was a project director with Foster & Partners and subsequently with YRM. Projects for which he was responsible included several university buildings in Qatar, office buildings in the City of London, and a hospital in Ireland.
From 1988 to 1997 Lester was in private practice in New York City concentrating on commercial and residential projects, several of which were internationally published.
From 1979 to 1988 Lester served as a project architect in the offices of John Lautner, Paul Rudolph, Herman Hertzberger, and Richard Rogers, working on projects throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States.
Lester received his architectural training at UCLA and the California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo. He additionally holds an MSc from the University of Reading and an MA from Kingston University.