About the Firm
About Jones Architecture
Jones Architecture is a service-oriented practice with a broad portfolio of services, particular experience in higher education, and niches in academic libraries, learning environments, labs, and the design of workplaces. We believe in the power of collaboration across disciplines and seek opportunities to work with our clients in new and inventive ways. We are experienced with programming, planning, design, construction administration and associated project management; every aspect of shaping the physical environment. We pride ourselves on the ability to scale our services to meet the needs of our clients. We excel at building client relationships and being a nimble design partner across a range of projects, from house doctor work valued up to $3M to major renovations, additions and new construction valued at $45M.
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Richard M. Jones, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Rick has worked in design and planning for a broad portfolio of clients in higher education for over two decades. In the spring of 2011, following 15 years of practice with various firms in Boston, Rick founded Jones Architecture, a service-oriented practice providing design and planning services for large and small scale institutional and residential projects. With a particular research focus on learning environments and academic libraries, Rick believes in supporting clients in the broadest sense as they seek to shape their environment. Dating back to 2003, Rick has regularly done public speaking at conferences and institutions focused on higher education planning and design: AIA National, Build Boston, EnvironDesign, ERAPPA, Learning Environments, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Norwich University, SCUP Regional and International, the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the University of Maine, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Rick received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky.
Marc Perras, AIA
Marc has over 17 years of experience working for higher education and cultural institutions well as commercial and residential clients at a range of scales. His work renovating existing buildings led to an interest in exposing the strengths of the architecture and highlighting the juxtaposition between old and new. Marc joined Jones Architecture in 2015 after working with Rick for six years at a prior firm.
Being a part of projects such as student centers and libraries has expanded Marc’s interest in detailing, construction types, and how buildings relate to the larger context of campus design. At Jones Architecture, Marc has been managing the $45M renovation of three academic buildings and the design and construction of a new building to meet growing program demands at Norwich University’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Professional Schools. He also operates on a smaller scale, spearheading renovation projects including dining, research offices, and studio spaces for institutional clients. Marc received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.
Gregory Burchard, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Greg has over 25 years of experience designing for higher education, including campus master planning and both new buildings and renovations to accommodate flexible learning environments and cultural spaces. Greg’s emphasis is on the craft of architecture, building science, detailing, and construction. He joined Jones Architecture in 2016 after working with Rick for 10 years at a prior firm.
As a Senior Associate and Project Manager, Greg is responsible for the full scope of architectural services: design and production, client communications, coordination with consultants, and looking after the financial health of the job. Greg is regularly invited to Design Studio reviews at local universities and, on occasion, speak at related conferences. Greg’s experience aligns well with the core offerings at Jones Architecture for institutional, higher education clients. In addition, Greg has worked with cultural institutions such as the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston and commercial enterprises including several retail and restaurant projects, an office tower in Ankara, Turkey, and two multifamily residential projects in Boston. Greg earned a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University.
Sam Clement, LEED Green Associate
Jones Architecture’s longest tenured employee, Sam joined Jones Architecture in our first year in business, 2011. His focus has been higher education classroom, library, student life, and administrative space renovations, often infused with a high level of technology. Sam’s collaborative approach and calm demeanor help projects run smoothly despite inevitable obstacles. His clients include MIT, where he is a valued and trusted resource, having completed over 15 projects; Dartmouth College, where he managed the renovations of the Jones Media Center and adjacent DartmouthX Teaching Theater; and Harvard University, where he is engaged in rolling out new classroom prototypes for the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Sam received a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Northeastern University.
Dan joined Jones Architecture in 2014 after working for several other Boston-area firms. For the past four years, Dan has managed over 40 small projects at Northeastern University that vary in type, including classroom, library, administrative, and public spaces. Most recently, Dan has been working on the planning and design for several sensitive and complex lab projects at The George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University in Burlington, MA. He has also been part of project teams for larger projects at Norwich University, and has been leading ongoing renovations for TD Garden in Boston, MA. Dan received a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Sarah Tarbet, RA
Sarah joined Jones Architecture in 2016 with over 5 years of experience working with primarily higher education clients, on projects ranging in type from university administrative office renovations to new teaching classrooms and laboratories. Sarah has been such an asset to the Jones Architecture team. She is a talented architectural and interior designer with an ability to connect earnestly with her clients. They include the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), Norwich University, UMass Lowell, and Cape Cod Community College, among others. Most recently, Sarah was part of our team to deliver a master plan for NHIA which guides future development of their Manchester, NH campus over the next ten years. Sarah earned a Master of Architecture degree and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Northeastern University.
Boston Trinity Academy
Bradford Christian Academy
Cape Cod Community College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massasoit Community College
New England College of Optometry
New Hampshire Institute of Art
New Hampton School
Olin College of Engineering
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Salem State University
University of Massachusetts – Boston
University of Massachusetts – Lowell
University of Vermont
Worcester State University
OTHER RECENT CLIENTS
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Bodron + Fruit, Inc.
BVH Integrated Services
City of Salem, MA
Dan Hisel Architect
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
Lynn Shelter Association
MIT Federal Credit Union
Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP
North Shore Community Development Coalition
Raw Art Works
Salem Five Bank
Salem Renewal, LLC
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Tocci Building Companies
Zero Degrees Inc.
From 1995-2014, our leadership team worked for one of the oldest firms in Boston, Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects. Rick Jones (1999-2011), Marc Perras (2005-2014), and Greg Burchard (1995-2009) overlapped on multiple projects – master plans, feasibility studies, programming, design, and construction – in their shared tenure with this venerable practice. Our love for higher education, passion for sustainability, and respect for history and context were borne out of our shared experiences over a decade together. With Marc (2015) and Greg (2016) now having joined Jones Architecture, we bring the full weight of this shared history to bear on our current work, enriched by our experiences with Jones Architecture.