Garrett Devier draws upon 12 years of experience as an environmental educator, ranger, and trail builder in the North Cascades National Park, where he taught environmental education for the North Cascades Institute, patrolled as a Forest Service Wilderness Ranger, and led crews that built or maintained dozens of trails. His approach is to use design as pedagogy for making connections between people and their natural and cultural landscape. His master thesis at the University of Washington focused on the design of an interpretive trail corridor for Fort Clatsop at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park in Oregon.
Garrett’s work for Jones & Jones makes great use of his GIS mapping skills. He currently works in facilitation and planning for the Puget Sound Partnership, and in identifying signature landscapes as a basis for conservation strategy of Swauk Prairie in Central Washington.
Charlotte Essex is passionate about the impact of design within communities and the environment. She draws inspiration from both people and place combining creativity with careful listening and the craft of building.
In all of her work, Charlotte seeks both environmental and social responsibility creating places that enrich and enliven neighborhoods, cultures, and communities.
Charlotte has spent her career working within diverse and sensitive landscapes, giving voice to various cultures, and communities. With experience in both rural and urban environments, she executes conscientious, sensitive and honest design.
Since joining Jones & Jones in 2008, Charlotte has worked on the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum, the Al Ain Desert Wildlife Park in the United Arab Emirates, Oregon State University Cultural Centers, Paynes Prairie Preserve in Gainesville, Florida, and the Painted Hills House—a net zero energy building at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Wes Simmonds has a strong background as a registered landscape architect in planning, design, analysis and GIS technology. Also a carpenter with 20 years experience as a fine furniture builder, he has a keen eye for details. His talents range from large-scale planning to the fine details of construction. These talents stand him in good stead for a diverse practice which focuses on land conservation, cultural centers, museums, zoos, and wildlife parks.
Since joining Jones & Jones in 2004, Wes has worked on the award-winning, LEED Gold certified Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, Washington, the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio, Colorado, the Vancouver Land Bridge in Vancouver, Washington, and most recently Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, Washington.
Prior to joining Jones & Jones, Wes worked in regional planning at the Denver Regional Council of Governments, where he specialized in population and employment estimation, forecast modeling and GIS modeling.
Karen Davis Smith strives to create meaningful places of beauty through the union of landscape and architecture. Her main interests are in cultural and interpretive projects, especially those that benefit animals and the earth.
Karen spent the past few years at Boxwood as a project manager and designer, working on projects such as the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and the PAWS Campus in Lynnwood, Washington. Her passion for sustainable and innovative design is evidenced by her involvement with the AIA Committee on the Environment, training with the Biomimicry Guild, and as a past organizer and cofounder of the Seattle-based Sustainability Salon roundtable group.
Karen joined Jones & Jones in 2008, and currently works on the Al Ain Desert Wildlife Park project in the United Arab Emirates.
With a 20-year tenure at Jones & Jones, Colleen Thorpe exemplifies the integrated environmental design approach of the firm’s core professional team. Practicing in both fields of architecture and landscape architecture, Colleen specializes in projects that express cultural identity and the intrinsic nature of landscape place.
Colleen has project experience in sustainable site and building development, and has applied her knowledge in a range of geographical and regulatory conditions. Her work at Jones & Jones encompasses Native American cultural centers, zoos, and community design. She has extensive experience with both urban and rural sites, and brings her broad, award-winning project experience to urban streetscapes, schools, parks, and lodges.
Rachel is a fifth generation Japanese Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. She received a BA in architecture and anthropology from the University of Washington. She has studied in Canada, Rome, and Tokyo, and recently received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. Being exposed to diverse cultures while growing up in Hawaii, Rachel has focused on cultural identity and social responsibility in conjunction with architecture throughout her studies and work. Prior to joining Jones &Jones, Rachel worked for for McFarland Marceau Architects in Vancouver, B.C. and for Weber Thompson and Hoshide Wanzer Williams in Seattle.
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