Susan Jones, FAIA is an architect with over 30 years of experience and is founder of the award-winning architectural Seattle firm, atelierjones focuses primarily on designing and building lower-carbon, mass timber buildings. With eight completed mass timber projects, atelierjones is a national leader. atelierjones, a solely woman-owned and woman-led architectural firm, designs tall and mid-rise, multi-family mass timber housing, as well as mass timber institutional buildings and single-family homes. In June 2023, atelierjones completed the new workforce housing tall mass timber 126-unit project, Heartwood in Seattle, the first Type IV-C building in the US.
atelierjones’ prolific work over the decade to advance and restructure the carbon intensive construction industry towards lower carbon materials is an exemplary example for the role architects can play to innovate at all scales, and urgently lower our carbon footprint. Susan regularly partakes in local, national and international leadership-level collaborations to create change at scale and ensure rigor on multiple levels, from forest health to LCA studies, to fire testing, including a multi-year pro-bono commitment, representing AIA National to write and pass new national 2021/2024 ICC Tall Wood Building Codes.
A third-generation native of the Pacific Northwest, Susan grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and has raised her family in Seattle. Susan earned her B.A from Stanford in Philosophy, and her M.Arch from the Harvard GSD. She is licensed in multiple states, has been a visiting design critic at numerous universities, and is Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. She was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. Using hyper-local forest management practices, Susan has spent the last five years managing her own family-owned 140-acre forest in the San Juan islands in Washington State.