Susan Jones is a Seattle architect and founder of atelierjones. She is driving new pathways within architecture, advancing new lower carbon, mass timber systems by designing and building prototypes at multiple scales, girded by her leadership in multiple international collaborations to create change at scale and insure rigor on multiple levels. Her solely woman-owned architectural firm, atelierjones, designs prefabricated single-family houses to prefabricated urban infill residential to large, middle-income residential buildings which specifically advance new building codes and correlative design detailing that Susan helped craft and guide through the ICC Tall Wood Building Code regulatory processes. Her prolific work over the last nine years to advance and restructure the carbon intensive construction industry towards lower carbon materials is an exemplary example for the role that architects can play to innovate at all scales, and urgently lower our carbon footprint. She regularly partakes in rich, cross-disciplinary dialogues from the local to the international to help understand and better promote sustainable forest practices and manages her own family-owned 140-acre forest.
Susan is a PNW native, earned her B.A from Stanford in Philosophy, and her M.Arch from 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.