Commitment to design, curiosity, craft, and a desire to help people make their projects real has always been at the heart of our work.

Our early collaborations with clients, designers, and builders have led to deep relationships that we continue to cultivate today.



We are our client’s guides and ambassadors — we listen deeply and understand our client’s goals and tailor our work and projects to their needs.


While every project is different, there are guiding values that we bring to all of them.

Honest, straightforward, and well-crafted projects inspire us. We have an affinity for buildings that are in harmony with their site and context and find beauty in simplicity.


We practice architecture as a team and share a desire to produce quality design work and a deep commitment to the success of our teammates and clients. This supportive culture promotes the free trade of ideas, time, and effort.

An illustration of our Sea Watch house.


Alan Jones’s first exposure to construction and craft was at the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based millwork business founded by his grandfather and carried on by his father. The shop fabricated the interiors for the University of Michigan’s campus and hospital and the city of Ann Arbor’s libraries. His father’s love of books led to a friendship with the Borders brothers. The shop made the millwork for their expanding book store empire.

Alan’s entrepreneurship caught on early. Before he was out of high school, he operated an outdoor service company. He ran it for eight years, paying for college with its income and funding his graduate studies through its sale. Before entering graduate school, he got a taste of life working in an architecture studio, a tour as a faculty member teaching design/build studio to undergrads, and a year-long stint in general contracting.

After graduate school, Alan considered career opportunities in New York and Boston before heading west to Seattle. He was lucky to find a mentor in Jeffrey Taylor, who taught Alan about design and the practice of architecture. A few years later, he moved to Portland and immediately joined Holst Architecture. He worked on a diverse range of project types including fine single-family homes, multi-family housing, urban mixed-use in-fill development, student housing, and offices.


Located in the Graphic Arts Building in Portland’s Pearl District, our studio honors its history as a place to do hands-on work. The open design and tall ceilings embody a workshop atmosphere and invite the exchange of ideas. Jones Architecture occupies the heart of the building’s second story, which features large north-facing roof monitors and steel framed windows that overlook the North Park Blocks.

Graphic Arts Building Opens
Fuller's Coffee Shop
Maytag Studio
Maddox Studio
Graphic Arts Studio

Graphic Arts Building Opens


In 1926, the Graphic Arts Building was built to house a print shop. This photo of Portland in 1927 reflects the industrial nature of the neighborhood at the time. 93 years later, Jones Architecture would move into the second floor of the building and continue its legacy as a workspace of artisans.

Fuller's Coffee Shop


Local landmark Fuller's Coffee Shop moved to its current location in 1960. They're still serving hungry Portlanders right next door to our studio.

Maytag Studio


From the very beginning, we've been part of the Pearl. Our first office was located in the Maytag Building on Hoyt Street.

Maddox Studio


We moved our studio to the historic Maddox building in the NW 13th Avenue District.

Graphic Arts Studio


Jones Architecture takes over the heart of the second floor, which was last occupied by a call center, and returns the space to its more utilitarian, creative past.