James W. Shepherd, AIA, LEED

Director, Preservation and Facilities

James W. Shepherd, AIA, LEED, joined the Cathedral staff in 2013 as director of preservation and facilities, where he focuses on leading the institution’s efforts to repair all 2011 earthquake damage, upgrade critical infrastructure systems and preserve the fabric of the Cathedral and related properties on the Cathedral Close.


He comes to the Cathedral from the Washington office of Beyer Blinder Belle, a leader in historic preservation, where he worked extensively as a preservation architect and project manager. He has 20 years’ experience directing historic preservation projects for the National Park Service, the Department of State, the Smithsonian Institution and the Architect of the Capitol. He has also contributed to the restoration of Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island, the Historic DC Courthouse and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, Calif.
He serves on the board of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and has been published in the APT bulletin. He is a past president and current board member of that organization’s DC chapter. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas.