Ilze Jones, co-founder of Jones & Jones, has devoted her career as an architect and landscape architect to both city and nature—to the quality of life of our urban communities, and to the conservation of nature within and beyond the city.
Ilze embodies an interdisciplinary creativity and skill in which architecture and landscapes are one, inseparable but each with its own clarity and spirit. Leading a collaboration of design disciplines at Jones & Jones, she has produced a body of work and ideas showcasing stewardship and sustainability of regional landscapes and healthy green infrastructures in our communities. In her love for the city's built legacy of buildings and public domain, Ilze has applied her artistry as a designer as well as her analytic skills and leadership to develop innovative strategies for streets, squares, memorable public spaces, as well as the architecture of parks and cultural-educational centers.
Ilze’s genius as a planner and designer at many scales is evident in projects including the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway in Washington, San Diego River Park Master Plan, Singapore Botanical Gardens Redevelopment Master Plan, Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District and 5th Avenue Streetscape, and the National Museum of the American Indian.
Ilze has served on numerous boards and commissions, including as Chair of the Washington State Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee and Charter Board Member of the Seattle Historic Landmarks Preservation Board. She has been a speaker and instructor on topics ranging from “Integrated Restoration: The Next Big Thing for Estuaries and Coasts for the Restore America’s Estuaries National Conference to “Sustainability and Place-Based Design” at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
“To visit a place is to start a dialogue, to formulate an inquiry, to leaf through a new volume of imagery, to sharpen my eye, to see on the fly, to take in the myriad textures, colors, and sounds that go into the making of place. To experience one place is to open the door to another and to discover that there are windows everywhere. As designers, we are continually interacting with places, both natural and man-made, for design itself is a continuing reinvention and reaffirmation of place. When design speaks from the heart and communicates to the soul, the results are magic.” Ilze Jones
Johnpaul Jones has a distinguished 40-year career as an architect and founding partner of Jones & Jones. Earning his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1967, his design philosophy emerged from his Cherokee-Choctaw ancestors, which connects him to the natural world, animal world, spirit world, and human world.
Mr. Jones’ designs have won widespread acclaim for their reverence for the earth, for paying deep respect to regional architectural traditions and native landscapes, and for heightening understanding of indigenous people and cultures of America. Johnpaul has led the design of numerous cultural centers and museums with tribes spanning the North American continent, culminating in his 12-year engagement as overall lead design consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
In the late 1970’s Johnpaul’s designs helped alter the direction of zoological design by blending architecture and landscape architecture to create more natural environments for “captive animals,” and to help educate the public about the animal and natural world around us.
A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, his designs have won a stream of local and national awards. In 2006, Johnpaul received the AIA Seattle Medal, conferred by the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for his leadership in design. He was also the recipient of the 2006 Executive Excellence Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). In 2005, Johnpaul returned to receive the University of Oregon Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater for “not just designing buildings, but creating places that incorporate both the practical and the spiritual, and for heightening human sensitivity to cultural and environmental issues.”
Mario Campos, a senior partner of Jones & Jones, has directed the design of large multi-disciplinary projects focusing on the integration of landscape architecture, architecture, urban design and planning to promote community development and environmental conservation. His approach to planning and architecture emerges from strong regional, cultural, and traditional sources, closely rooted to the land, the environment, and the community.
Based in his own multi-cultural heritage, education and professional practice, Campos’ projects visibly reflect their roots and inspiration in indigenous community and cultural values, as well as a profound respect for the environment. His design and planning work is continually evolving in manifesting a “landscape culture” and “a culture of place.”
Campos’ practice is rooted in a deep commitment to nature, culture and community. Through broadly inclusive design processes, combined with pragmatism, he has successfully interwoven cultural and environmental values to achieve an authentic sense of place, and to empower communities to express their identity and heritage through design. In so doing, he has helped to establish and lead today’s practice of culturally and environmentally sensitive design.
Campos has also shared his knowledge and commitments through active engagement and professional leadership as a speaker at professional organizations and universities, and as advisor to educational and civic groups.
His professional experience includes planning and design of cultural and public facilities including zoological and botanical gardens, museums, public places, parks, and cultural centers. Campos’ design leadership, expressed in his exemplary projects worldwide and knowledge-sharing, continues to advance interdisciplinary, culturally sensitive, and environmentally responsible practice.
Grant Jones — landscape architect, poet, and co-founder of Jones & Jones — has practiced and preached ecological design for more than 30 years. He and his Jones and Jones colleagues’ pioneering methodologies in landscape aesthetics, river planning, habitat design, scenic highway design and conservation planning, including the development of new methodologies in GIS modeling, have set the standard for environmentally responsive design and have brought the firm a stream of awards. Grant’s landscape poetry is recognized as a fundamental to his design approach and integral to his research and scholarship in ecological design and landscape conservation planning.
Over the years Grant has brought his passion, expertise, and eloquence to many signature Jones & Jones projects. These include the Paris Pike Historic Highway in Kentucky, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tuscon, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway in Washington, the Commons Park in Denver and America’s first wildlife highway, U.S. Highway 93 through the Flathead Reservation in western Montana.
Grant is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington and served as Director of Education for the Landscape Architecture Foundation. He has held academic positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard, University of Oregon, the University of Virginia, Texas A&M, and Ohio State and has lectured at thirty Departments of Landscape Architecture.
“As a poet I see and hear everything around me as a poetic structure; so I see the whole landscape of a place as the architecture of a poem. Every landscape seems to have its own code. If you fall in love with it and give it a voice, the poem you unearth from it will forever give you a place to stand.” Grant Jones
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