Aaron Jobson



Principal / CEO / President

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At an early age Aaron Jobson loved creating unique environments, learning construction and interacting with nature, which led him to pursue a career in architecture. Now, with over 20 years of architectural experience, Aaron is currently QKA’s CEO/President and one of six Principals.

Aaron has worked with numerous school facilities across all grade levels and school types, ranging from Facilities Master Planning and new campus development to building transformations and critical modernizations. He values working with students, teachers, and communities on every project, knowing their input is a crucial piece in the development process. A skilled communicator, Aaron excels in active listening and the ability to clearly explain complex ideas, problems, and solutions. Additionally, Aaron is also one of the creators of Folia, a prefabricated, two-story, steel classroom building that dramatically reduces design, permitting, and construction time.

A founding member of the School Energy Coalition (SEC), Aaron is a legislative advocate for energy efficiency measures affecting schools and a leading voice on sustainability. He volunteers and is on the board of directors for the SEC, CHPS (California Advisory Committee), and Homes for Sonoma, an organization providing solutions to address the loss of housing in Sonoma County from the 2017 Northern California wildfires. Aaron’s work, passion, and advocacy has garnered his reputation as a thoughtful leader on how educational facility design directly impacts academic success—a subject on which he has spoken about at national education conferences. In addition, Aaron has written articles about BIM, sustainable design, the impacts of design on learning, community engagement, designing for wellness, and many other important topics.

In 2015, Aaron was certified as an Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), currently held by 375 of the nation’s most qualified designers and planners of school facilities.

When he’s not at the office, Aaron enjoys being outside and spending time with his family. Hiking, going to the beach, camping, backpacking, and traveling are some of his favorite activities.


Bachelor of Arts, Architecture | University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, CA


Architect License: C30620

Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP), Associations for Learning Environments (A4LE), 2015


Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Board of Directors, Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)

Founding Board Member, School Energy Coalition (SEC)

Founding Board Member, Homes for Sonoma


Recipient, 2018 “Community Philanthropy Award” Winner (Homes for Sonoma), North Bay Business Journal

Recipient, 2018 “Top Young Professionals” Winner, ENR California

Recipient, 2010 “Forty Under 40” Winner, Building Design + Construction

Recipient, 2009 “Forty Under 40” Winner, North Bay Business Journal

Favorite Things

Hiking and backpacking
The Simpsons
My old Patagonia sweatshirt