Wes Jones, FAAR

Professor of Practice


AB with Highest Honors, University of California, Berkeley M.Arch with Distinction, Harvard GSD

Wes Jones is a partner in Jones, Partners: Architecture, a California-based architectural practice founded in 1993. His technologically inspired designs for completed buildings and theoretical projects have received acclaim for their critical engagement with the contemporary cultural scene and their disciplinary sophistication. His eight Progressive Architecture Design Awards include recognition for the Astronauts' Memorial at Kennedy Space Center and the $180M South Campus Chiller Plant for UCLA. The work of Jones and J,P:A has been featured in countless publications and exhibitions, and can be found in the permanent collections of most leading design museums, including SFMoMA, CCA, and FrAC. Princeton Architectural Press has published two monographs on his work, Instrumental Form and El Segundo, and plans are underway for a current volume, to be titled Alameda. The LA Forum has published Meet the Nelsons, a collection of the Jones’ cartoons from ANY magazine, and Actar recently released SouperGREEN, an analysis through design of current environmental sensibilities in architecture by the firm and its alumni. A recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture, and Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, Jones has been named one of the 30 Most Admired Educators in the country in the Design Intelligence Survey of Architectural Education. Jones has written and lectured internationally on technology and the work of the firm, and has taught in the schools of Architecture at Harvard, Princeton, IIT, Columbia, UCLA, the Ohio State University, SCI-Arc and now USC. Most recently he held the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto, and Howard Friedman Professor of Practice at UC Berkeley. Jones is licensed as an architect in California, Oregon and New York.

Currently Teaching
  • 302aL
    Architectural Design III
    Architectural Design III
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 202bL
  • 511L
    Building Systems: Materials and Construction
    Building Systems: Materials and Construction

    Studies of construction system development within the architectural design context; processes and issues of selection, evaluation, optimization, integration, design control, and innovation, Departmental approval required.

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