Living Cultures


Cultures spring from our relationship with the land.  The adaptations people make in their places build living traditions, which are continually evolving and contribute to a regional and local sense of place.  Celebrating these traditions—these human connections to place—is a cultural imperative which is often overlooked by conventional planning and design.  Great design comes out of listening and asking questions.  It’s a means for telling powerful stories in physical form. 


Practice Areas

Cultural centers and museums
Native cultural centers and museums
Heritage landscapes
Landscape interpretation



Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Palm Springs, California

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians


Located in the heart of historic tribal lands, the museum will celebrate the Agua Caliente as a living culture.  more




Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial

Bainbridge Island, Washington
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial Committee


Bainbridge Island, just west of Seattle, was the first site of the forced relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps at the beginning of World War II. more



Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

Whidbey Island, Washington
National Park Service


Rich agricultural prairies, woodlands, shorelines and historic structures make up this heritage landscape that illustrates a continuing story of exploration and settlement in Puget Sound-a unique national park comprised almost entirely of private land.  more



Evergreen State College Longhouse Education and Cultural Center

Olympia, Washington

Evergreen State College


The first of its kind on a public campus in the United States, the Longhouse serves a variety of educational and cultural functions. It sustains an important relationship between the college and Native Americans from Puget Sound and Northwest Coast tribes. more



Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve

Vancouver, Washington

National Park Service


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a significant cultural land- scape on the Columbia River in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Jones & Jones collaborated with the National Park Service to develop a General Management Plan (GMP) and a Master Plan for this historic site. more




Grand Ronde Museum and Cultural Center Master Plan and Site Analysis

Grand Ronde, Oregon
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde


Jones & Jones is currently serving as cultural design consultant on site design and architecture for this center to celebrate the heritage and culture of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  more


Great Basin Native American Cultural Center Concept Plan



Jones & Jones developed site and building concepts as part of a feasibility study for a Reno-Sparks Indian Colony cultural center. more



Many Nations Longhouse

Eugene, Oregon
University of Oregon


Designed for the Office of Native American Programs at the University of Oregon, the Many Nations Longhouse provides a spiritual support place on the campus for the native students and Oregon native community at large. more



Minidoka Internment National Monument General Management Plan

Jerome, Idaho
National Park Service


This National Monument honors Japanese-Americans whose lives were disrupted and forever changed by forced relocation and incarceration during World War II.  more



Monterey Hotel—Chief Seattle Club

Seattle, Washington
The Seneca Group


The Chief Seattle Club<97>a spiritual gathering place and provider of crucial services for indigent and homeless American Indians<97>has a beautiful new home in the renovated Monterey Hotel.  more



National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall

Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Institution


Located at the foot of the Capitol and opposite the East Wing of the National Art Gallery, this world-class museum is the culmination of many years of meetings with Indian communities around the country.  more



Northwest Native Canoe Center

Seattle, Washington
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and Seattle Parks Foundation


The Northwest Native Canoe Center—knit within Seattle’s new Lake Union Park—will celebrate the canoe culture that is dominant among the Pacific Northwest costal tribes. more



Oregon State University Cultural Centers

Corvallis, Oregon
Oregon State University


Four student cultural centers on the campus of Oregon State University will provide gathering places for Asian, African-American, Latino, and Native American students.  more



Oregon State University Native American Cultural Center

Corvallis, Oregon Oregon State University


This is the first of four student cultural centers designed by Jones & Jones on the University campus to be constructed. It provides a gathering place for Native American students, faculty and Native OSU alumnii. more



Seattle Chinese Garden

Seattle, Washington
Seattle Chinese Garden Society


To symbolize the bond between the two cities, Seattle and sister city Chongqing are developing an authentic Sichuan garden in Seattle. Jones & Jones has led the Seattle design team, collaborating with a Chinese garden team from the Chongqing Municipal Bureau of Parks.  more






The Seattle Indian Health Board commissioned Jones & Jones to conduct a feasibility study and prepare initial design concepts for a Conference & Community Resource Center for the Native American community. more



Southern Ute Cultural Center And Museum

Ignacio, Colorado
Southern Ute Indian Tribe


The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum—inspired by the Southern Utes’ powerful connection to their land—was developed to conserve, promote and share their unique cultural gifts. 
Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum Website
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Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center

Fairbanks, Alaska
Tanana Chiefs Conference


In the role of cultural design consultant, Jones & Jones collaborated with Bettisworth North and NBBJ on the design of this culturally appropriate, state-of-the-art healthcare facility..  more



Troth Yeddha Park

Fairbanks, Alaska
University of Alaska at Fairbanks


Troth Yeddha park will be a place of celebration and reflection for Native Alaskan People attending and visiting the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF).  more



University of Washington intellectual house

Seattle, Washington

University of Washington


Springing from the longhouse style traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, this cultural center will provide a learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty, and staff on the campus of the University of Washington. more







The Yurok Cultural Center will serve the Yurok Tribe, one of the largest tribes in California. more



Zuni Art and Visitor Center

Zuni, New Mexico
Zuni Tribe


The Zuni Art and Visitor Center will provide an inspiring setting for learning about the culture, arts and natural environment of the Zuni people.  more






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