atelierjones is an architecture, planning, and design firm that engages design, research, and community to reclaim urban sites, buildings, materials to build homes, offices, shops, churches, theaters, gardens, sportcourts, and mobility infrastructure from biodiesel stations to transit.
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 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 non-profit organizations across the Pacific Northwest, including space.city, Architects without Borders, Suyama Space, Arcade and Alley Cat Acres, among others. Licensed in over 15 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 and is LEED BD+C accredited.