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26 Jun 2020

The composition of the Arizona Board of Technical Registration will change on August 28, 2020

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Opinion piece by Jones Studio’s Neal Jones, AIA, Secretary of the Board, for the Arizona Board of Technical Registration’s Summer 2020 newsletter. On May 28, 2020, the Legislature passed SB1274 against serious Democratic and public opposition to it and the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a result, the composition of the Board will change and the necessary […]

25 Jun 2020

The future of water

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The future of water

Imagine the Earth is the size of a basketball. All the water in, on and above it fills only the volume of a ping pong ball.  Now, inside of that ping pong ball, picture 100 tiny ball bearings. Just three of those tiny ball bearings would contain all of the fresh water on Earth—and two […]

8 Jun 2020

“Tracing Architecture” podcast launches with discussion of passion inside and outside the profession

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“Tracing Architecture” podcast launches with discussion of passion inside and outside the profession

The Tracing Architecture podcast is an initiative of the AIA Arizona, the AIA Phoenix Metro, and the AIA10 exploring the layers of architecture as an industry, profession and art form. Created and hosted by Jones Studio’s own Shawn Swisher, AIA, along with Matthew Tehan, AIA, of Smithgroup and James Wasala, AIA, of Merge Architectural Group, […]

Family

  • Eddie M. Jones

    Eddie M. Jones, AIA

    Principal (1979)

     

    Eddie founded Jones Studio on June 8, 1979, three months before his 30th birthday. Years later he realized the date coincided with the birthdays of his two major heroes, Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff.

    - Eddie M. Jones
  • Neal E. Jones

    Neal E. Jones, AIA, LEED AP

    President  (1986)

     

    Neal joined his brother in 1986. His acute business acumen complemented Eddie’s design prowess, and their shared passion for architecture and hard work built Jones Studio into what it is today.

    - Neal E. Jones
  • Brian C. Farling

    Brian C. Farling, AIA

    Principal (1998)

     

    As Lead Designer for Jones Studio, Brian’s attention to detail and hard nosed work ethic is well known within the profession. His passion for sustainability in the desert has led him to pursue numerous environmental challenges.

    - Brian C. Farling
  • Jacob R. Benyi

    Jacob R. Benyi, AIA, LEED AP

    Principal (2003)

     

    Jacob’s renowned work ethic and commitment to projects is only matched by his dedication to environmentalism and the outdoors.  He is efficient and effective, and has become a respected guru on the job site.

    - Jacob R. Benyi
  • Robert Viergutz

    Robert Viergutz, RA

    Senior Associate (1998)

     

    Rob is a driven designer who found his passion in architecture after seeing Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater. His attention to detail and years of experience benefit his projects and his coworkers.

    - Robert Viergutz
  • Maria Salenger

    Maria Salenger, AIA

    Senior Associate (2000)

     

    Outside of work Maria is involved with public art, the American Institute of Architects, the Arizona Women Principals Group, and is a regular Guest Juror for Arizona State University and University of Arizona.

    - Maria Salenger
  • Rob Huff

    Rob Huff

    Project Manager (2014)

     

    Growing up in a fabrication shop led Rob to have an early passion for efficient, functional design. He enjoys a hands on approach and lends invaluable fabrication experience and knowledge to the office and projects.

    - Rob Huff
  • Miles Foster

    Miles Foster, Associate AIA

    Project Designer (2018)

     

    Miles is an Arizona and Chandler native who joined the Jones Studio family after graduating summa cum laude from ASU. Miles has a passion for design in the desert and how our built environment can improve how we live in this unique climate.

    - Miles Foster
  • Shawn Swisher

    Shawn Swisher, AIA

    Project Architect and Designer (2018)

     

    Shawn was born and raised in Phoenix, then moved to the coast to receive his B.Arch from the University of Southern California. He traveled throughout western Europe upon graduation as part of a research fellowship, then earned a Master of Architecture from Berkeley, before returning to his home state to start a family and focus on practicing architecture.

    - Shawn Swisher
  • Kira Collins

    Kira Collins, Associate AIA

    Project Designer (2018)

     

    Kira is a Texas transplant who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma before landing in Arizona looking for as much sunlight as possible. Kira believes design is an act of storytelling that looks to our past and then speaks of the future.

    - Kira Collins
  • Spencer Bates

    Spencer Bates

    Project Designer (2018)

     

    Spencer has honed his touch with materiality and enthusiasm for experimentation from adolescent renovations through architecture school. He brings to Jones Studio an experienced practicality with detail and multifaceted life experience, while possessing the Studio’s best facial hair.

    - Spencer Bates
  • Kirsten Keane

    Kirsten Keane, WELL AP and Associate AIA

    Director of Marketing (2019)

     

    Kirsten is a triple threat, bringing degrees in psychology, journalism, and a Master of Interior Architecture to her role as Director of all things Marketing at Jones Studio. Kirsten earned her WELL AP credential in 2017 and looks forward to working with other designers and clients eager to be at the forefront of the expanding wellness movement.

    - Kirsten Keane

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