atelierjones’ work entwines design and research to embrace methodologies mined from sustainability and materials research, high-performance building systems from mass timber to modular prefabrication, historic preservation and adaptive reuse strategies and real estate development as well as community activism. We build homes, infill urban housing, shops, churches, offices, schools, gardens, theaters, prayer chapels and biodiesel stations.
Founded by Susan Jones, FAIA in 2003 the firm seeks out sites, buildings and materials with inherent, but underutilized value—to harvest their embodied energy, their catalytic power for owners and communities, their beauty. Her work creates delight and wonder in leftover, dirty, forgotten places and spaces, and materials, creating new uses in innovative and beautiful ways. atelierjones has forged this crossdisciplinary approach through embracing methodologies mined from sustainability and materials research, from historic preservation and adaptive reuse movements, real estate development as well as community activism.
The firm’s award-winning work is founded on research, teaching and community engagement to envision new systemic, cross-disciplinary sustainable strategies for buildings, including recent, groundbreaking work with Mass Timber. atelierjones recently completed four of the first Mass Timber structures built in the US - a single family house using Cross Laminated Timber, or CLT as structure and interior finish material, an adaptive reuse church, using CLT as a 40’ high, interior non-structural wall, as well as two schools. Their book, Mass Timber | Design and Research on the firm’s research and design with Mass Timber was published in 2018 by ORO Editions.
The firm’s work has been recognized by numerous national, regional and local design awards, and been published nationally and internationally. Susan and her staff leverage their design talents, leading and collaborating with multiple arts and cultural non-profit organizations across the Pacific Northwest, including space.city, Architects without Borders, Suyama Space, Arcade, and multiple churches. Licensed in over nine states, Susan has taught at the University of Washington since 1991, been a visiting design critic at numerous national universities, and is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of the Built Environments, University of Washington.