Jessica Hester

Owner | Architect

Jessica [AIA | LEED AP | NCARB] received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Science in Design Research, from the University of Michigan. Her career began as an architectural designer in Oklahoma, designing primary schools at a mid-sized firm. After graduation from Michigan she moved to Rome, Georgia.  Once there, she began work with a local architect and they soon became equal partners in CEVIAN Design Lab, an architecture and interior design firm. The rapidly growing firm was awarded projects such as the largest Tennis Center in North America and Historic Infill Mixed Use buildings.  CEVIAN offered a collaborative environment where the studio integrated research, analysis, design, and technical expertise to provide thoughtful solutions at the intersection of culture, architecture and the environment. After working for a short time at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Jessica was ready to bring the expertise and innovation she learned in Georgia to Northwest Arkansas.

She has been a finalist in the ULI/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition, presented a peer-reviewed paper at the Creating_Making forum, and received a research grant for the design of post-Katrina housing.  She loves an opportunity to design large-scale mixed-used development and building reuse/re-visioning projects and has recently been working on net zero housing design. She believes that designing creative solutions to spatial conundrums, within the client’s budget, is a welcome challenge.  

Jessica is a registered architect and a licensed realtor. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Association or Realtors, the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for New Urbanism.



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Immediate opening for an architectural designer/project manager. Our current mix of projects includes multifamily development, affordable housing, urban design, site planning, landscape architecture , feasibility studies, commercial, worship, restaurant, and custom residential. In addition to drafting and production, the job will entail assisting in programming, specifications and material selection, code research, construction administration, and project management. Your success is our success, so the opportunity for growth and the ability to work on a variety of projects is wide open as we grow as a team.

Experience : At least 3 years related architecture or drafting experience. At least one year of residential experience strongly preferred.  Your ability and experience to design and manage with minimal oversite is critical.

Education: Preferred: Bachelors degree in Architecture or Associates degree in CAD. Architecture license not required

Skills: AutoCAD required, ArchiCAD preferred (though BIM software/Revit acceptable), Adobe suite and Microsoft Office required, Sketchup preferred. Lumion is a plus.

The ideal candidate will embrace teamwork, open communication, dependability, collaborative problem solving, and quality control in every aspect of drawing and project design. He or she will demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness, apply feedback to improve performance, will be motivated to work each day to full ability, and will realize company needs and work to solve them.

To apply, please send resume, portfolio, and examples of construction documents to

The position will entail work for three women owned architecture firms: Verdant Studio , Flintlock Architecture & Landscape , and Roots Design & Development which is a network of collaborating professionals, sharing staff and resources to elevate both design excellence and quality of life and giving opportunity to those currently underrepresented in design, architecture, and construction. 

In accordance with our ethos, we are not limiting applicants to those who can only work within a strict existing work paradigm. The right candidate may be either full-time, part-time, flex-time, or contract. What is most important is building a culture of creative and hard working people to harness the energy around all of the exciting things that are happening in our growing region of Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville has been named in the top five Best Places to Live by U.S. News and World Report for two years, with lower than average cost of living, easy access to outdoor activities, and an abundance of culture "per capita".


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