109 Annual Meeting Closing Keynote & TSD Gold Medal

Johnpaul Jones is the recipients of the 2021 Tau Sigma Delta (TSD) Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, Gold Medal.

Johnpaul Jones has a distinguished 52-year career as an architect and founding partner of Jones & Jones. Earning his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1967, his design philosophy emerged from his Choctaw-Cherokee ancestors, which connects his work to the natural world, animal world, spirit world, and human world.
Mr. Jones’ designs have won widespread acclaim for their reverence for the earth, for paying deep respect to regional Indigenous architectural traditions and native landscapes, and for heightening understanding of Indigenous People and their diverse Native cultures of America. Johnpaul has led the design of numerous cultural centers and museums with tribes spanning the North American continent, culminating in his 12-year engagement as overall lead design consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, his designs have won a stream of local and national awards. His awards include the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oregon (his alma mater), the AIA Seattle Medal (2006), the Executive Excellence Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (2006), the Pietro Belluschi Distinguished Professorship from the University of Oregon (2011), the Island Treasure Award from the Bainbridge Island Art and Humanities Council (2013), the Washington State Governor’s Heritage Award (2014), and the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2014) conferred by President Barack Obama.



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