Jones Studio is a mid-sized architecture, interior design, graphic design, public art and planning firm founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979 by Eddie Jones, AIA. Younger brother Neal Jones, AIA, joined the firm in 1986, and Brian Farling, AIA and Jacob Benyi, AIA became Principals and partners in 2014.
Since its start, the Jones Studio “family” has grown to include 11 highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals. The firm’s portfolio displays a broad range of building types, spanning from a “two-holer” outhouse trailhead located on a remote desert site, to the 54-acre Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona – the fourth busiest land port in the United States and a major gateway for the bulk of the fresh produce entering the US from Mexico.
The studio’s completed projects include higher education facilities, research facilities, performing arts centers, land ports of entry, an NFL training facility, a town hall, a softball-soccer stadium, an entire college campus and over 18 custom designed homes.
Jones Studio and their clients have been honored with over 190 design awards, for 50 built projects. In 2014 they were awarded the Arizona Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Stewardship and were ranked 21st in The Architect 50 and 6th in Sustainability. They are the proud recipients of the 2016 AIA National Institute Honor Award and the 2016 GSA Design Excellence Program Honor Award in Architecture for the Mariposa Land Port of Entry.
In April 2016, they moved into their new custom built studio in Tempe. This new space has given them the ability to host events for organizations such as Arizona Forward and the USGBC, among others.
Eddie M. Jones, AIA, NCARB
Edward (Eddie) Jones, with his business partner and brother Neal, were raised in the oil fields of Oklahoma. From a very early age the two bothers aspired to be architects and share a studio.
Eddie was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1949 and moved to Arizona in 1973 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. Eddie became the Lead Designer at Lescher & Mahoney, Arizona’s oldest architecture firm, where he worked for five years. He founded Jones Studio on June 8, 1979, three months before his 30th birthday. It was not until years later, he realized he had begun his professional career on the birthday of his two major heroes… Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff.
Eddie’s persistence and innovation has expanded the palette of materials and methods available throughout Arizona. His long-standing implementation of sustainability and environmental design, matched with an extraordinary sensitivity to the factors that create space, has improved the experiences of those that occupy, and moreover, the spaces occupied.
Neal E. Jones, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Neal Jones, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, comes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1977. He then went up to the University of Illinois where he earned concurrent Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration degrees in 1980. From Illinois, Neal began his career with Heery Architects & Engineers; Atlanta, Georgia.
In 1986, he relocated to Phoenix, Arizona to begin his life-long dream of working with his brother, Eddie. Neal has been President of Jones Studio and acted as Principal-In-Charge on countless projects over the past 28 years. He loves to garden and travel internationally—Vietnam, Japan, China, and Iceland to name a few. Neal maintains close affiliations with the AIA and in 2014 was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration.
Brian C. Farling, AIA
Brian Farling, AIA is a principal with Jones Studio Architects. A recognized regional leader in micro scale water augmentation projects, Brian is committed to impacting our collective cultural identity through the innovative design of the built environment. He was lead designer on many recognized projects including: Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center, the G.S.A. Mariposa Land Port of Entry, the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center and is the local architect on the new Beus Center for Law and Society at ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus (in association with Ennead Architects). Graduating from the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, he is grounded in the region’s most important issues and in 2005 had the privilege of leading the redesign of the school. Farling regularly lectures to a wide range of audiences – from grade school to national conventions. He serves as vice-chair on Arizona Forward’s Water Committee and donates his time as an official with USA swimming and the local Mesa Aquatics Swim Club. Brian practices architecture as a pragmatic art and brings a respect for the earth and belief that human ingenuity and creativity can shape our world for the better.
Senior Associate (1998)
Rob Viergutz is originally from Marshall, Virginia. He came to Arizona and got his Bachelor of Science and Design from Arizona State University in 1996, followed up by his Master of Architecture at the same institution in 1998. Joining the Jones Studio family, Rob has served as a Project Manager for the past eleven years, after six years as Job Captain and Designer. He was PM on Desiderata Alternative High School , ASU’s Karsten Golf Clubhouse, and the Cornell|Cookson Door Manufacturing Facility . He was also a key member of the Mariposa Land Port of Entry team during programming, design and construction stages. Rob found his passion for architecture after visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater.
Maria Salenger, AIA
Senior Associate (1999)
Maria Salenger, AIA, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and headed south to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona where she received her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1994. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University College London, Maria joined Jones Studio in 1999. Maria is now a Senior Project Manager and heads up Jones Studio’s public art projects. Outside of work she is involved with public art, the American Institute of Architects, the Arizona Women Principals Group, and is a regular Arizona State University/University of Arizona Guest Juror.
Jacob R. Benyi, AIA, LEED AP
Jacob Benyi, LEED AP, grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and got his Bachelor of Science and Design from Arizona State University in 2003. He was Jones Studio’s summer intern between his junior and senior years in college. After five years with Jones Studio, he attended Columbia University in New York City where he earned a Master of Architecture Degree in 2010. Upon his return he became a Project Manager with Jones Studio and continued his nearly lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts of America where he now serves as District Commissioner. He has somehow found the time to hike 40 of the 50 High Points in the US, and is also an opera fanatic.
Marketing Director (2013)
Alex Gino, our resident Brit, grew up in London, England, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Bartlett, University College London, in 1990 and then her Master of Architecture in 1995. She spent the next two decades in academia and practicing architecture before joining Jones Studio in 2013. Alex is fluent in four languages: Spanish, Italian, French (and English) and an active member of the Women’s Leadership Institute at ULI.
Bill Osborne, RA
Project Architect (2013)
Bill Osborn, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, is from Dayton, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State in 1990. Moving west he received his Master of Architecture from the Southern California School of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1995. With 19 years experience in architectural consulting, he came to Jones Studio in 2009. Bill is an experienced outdoorsman who loves camping and rock climbing but he also does welding and metalwork to create art and furniture. He comes from a family of architects and artists, so his vocation to architecture was a natural one. Bill is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the United States green Building Council.
Project Manager (2014)
Eddie Curiel, LEED AP BD+ C, is from Salinas, California. He attended the University of Arizona in nearby Tucson where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2001. Eddie joined Jones Studio in 2014 with 13 years’ experience as a Project Architect, eight of which he has been a Building Information Management specialist. In his free time Eddie is a seasoned mountaineer and an active member of the United States Green Building Council.
Intern Architect (2014)
Rob Huff is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. Passionate about functional design from an early age, Rob grew up in the shop designing and building anything he could imagine. As an accomplished welder and woodworker, Rob is passionate about modeling and likes a hands-on approach to design. Rob joined Jones Studio during an internship the Summer of 2014 and has continued to work there whilst working on his Master’s degree. His Chief design influences include Bjarke Ingels and Glenn Murcutt.