Over a distinguished career of nearly four decades as an architect and landscape architect, Ilze Jones has had a profound impact on Seattle and the Puget Sound region, in a portfolio of major public work that integrates human habitat with the natural environment. Ilze expresses her particular gift for large-scale master planning and for finding solutions to complex site design issues in both her projects and in public service.
As a founding principal (with Grant Jones) of Seattle-based Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, she has led projects throughout the US including the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway in Washington, Seattle’s Pioneer Square Historic District and 5th Avenue Streetscape, San Diego River Park Master Plan, and the National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington, DC.
Jones’s interdisciplinary design ethic involves calling upon the strength of the site’s natural history in creating plans that produce citizen support for change, and create sustainable community places. Especially, her quiet, careful listening and design insight draw community commitment into the shaping of landmark places that give faces to urban neighborhoods, and make lasting contributions to the region’s quality of life. These skills have made her a valued contributor to public processes relating to urban waterfronts.
Jones has served on numerous boards and commissions, including as Chair of the Washington State Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee and Charter Board Member of the Seattle Historic Landmarks Preservation Board. The American Society of Landscape Architects recognized Ilze Jones as a Fellow.