Design • At Your Service
Many architecture firms talk about “balancing” design and service, as if they are walking a tightrope where one wrong move puts the whole program at risk of freefall.
We see it differently. The best architecture is not binary; there is no need to choose between beauty and service, between what the client needs and the designer wants, or vice-versa.
At Jones, service and design are symbiotic, each feeding the other in an exercise of synthesis where it becomes impossible to know when design begins and service ends — and vice-versa.
Our process starts by asking, then listening; it deepens with research and response, advances with more probing and integration, and culminates in a union of ideas, needs and aspirations. In this way, service and design are intertwined such that a durable and quiet beauty emerges.
"I served as Norwich's Chief Administrative Officer for more than 33 years. During this time, over $430 million worth of projects were completed. I worked with dozens of firms and would put none above Jones Architecture. I have the utmost respect for, and confidence in, Rick and the Jones team. I am pleased to give them my strongest of recommendations.”
— David Magida,
Chief Administrative Officer & Director of Facilities (retired), Norwich University
There’s no point in solving a problem until you understand why it exists. We find beauty somewhere in the problem and do something special that improves the human condition.
That’s a bright moment. That’s design.
Jones Architecture unites design and service in a celebration of people and place — on campuses, in the office, at home and in many spaces between. Specialties include learning environments, academic libraries, workplaces and any type of project that involves the intricacies and delicacies associated with a wide-ranging stakeholder group.
We’ve been told we are sharp listeners with a refreshing lack of ego and uncommon interest in what our clients care about. Our studio handles projects of all shapes and sizes. Whether an out-of-the-ground landmark, major transformation, small interior renovation, or roof replacement, each and every project presents interesting problems to solve, which is what we live for. Architectural design is always about the future. We think a lot about durability—physical longevity to be sure, but also conceptual endurance. We have no interest in perpetuating fads or dwelling in the past. Instead, we are always looking ahead—and around—to discern the forces that are shaping our lives and how those forces intersect with design.
We are committed to design that avoids flash in favor of contextual sophistication, achieved through meticulous study and impeccable execution. We believe in the power of collaboration across disciplines and seek opportunities to work in new and inventive ways at every scale.
Is your project next? We’re excited to hear more about your architectural needs.
Architects love dualities. Mostly, the idea comes up in some dead earnest talk about form or material or conceptual framework, or even the nature of architecture itself. We can go there with the best of them, but we like to think more in terms of dualities in practice. For example, it is possible to be both rigorous and playful, imaginative and exacting, considered and spontaneous. The trick? Take the architecture seriously, ourselves not so much. We work hard and care a lot about smart design that enriches the human experience. We also like to hang out and eat lunch, tell jokes, go to workshops or conferences together or spend Friday afternoons at the neighborhood watering hole. We like each other and believe that this camaraderie is key to creating great things.
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 also serves as the senior technical architect and advisor for the firm, reviewing and providing Quality Control for most projects, office wide. 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, and several single-family homes and condominium interior fit-outs. Greg earned a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University.
Silvia graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Masters of Architecture. She worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Director of the Graduate program at Wentworth and was a student representative for the NE/SHA-New England Society of Architectural Historians, for which she organized the annual student symposium. Originally from Italy, Silvia moved to the United States in 2013 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in Milan.
THONAH EPProject Manager
Bill graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Design. After graduating he gained experience in mixed-use, food service and retail architecture. Prior to joining Jones Architecture, Bill worked in NYC on projects in adaptive rehabilitation, multifamily residential and mixed-use architecture.
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 Conferences, 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.
LAURA ALVAREZ MARTINProject Manager
Michael OhrmanProject Designer
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 managed 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. Marc enjoys working at a smaller scale as well, spearheading renovation projects including dining, research offices, and studio spaces for institutional clients.
Most recently Marc has been a project manager for the new Department of Unemployment Assistance Building in Brockton, MA which will become one of the commonwealth’s most sustainable buildings when completed. This $23 million dollar project will be the first building in Massachusetts of this scale built solely with public funds to utilize cross laminated timber as the primary structure.
Marc received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.
Before joining Jones, Matt was a student at Northeastern Architecture where he co-oped with a university’s facilities and planning department, and a local firm with a healthcare and laboratory focus.
corporate real estate managing an existing conditions portfolio of more than 14 million
square feet has provided her with an array of successful and unsuccessful examples of
spaces that affect the human experience. With a great understanding of the client’s
perspective and bottom line, she can provide owners with solutions that fit their needs
and creates an environment that benefits the people that occupy those spaces. Her
client’s needs and wants, drive her design and she enjoys working in a collaborative
workspace to deliver a great project experience and final product.
Alya has both a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from
Northeastern University. Recently she has become a WELL AP and looks forward to
incorporating wellness elements into the built environment.
Her passions are family, food and fun. She loves being with her husband and two
children, and exploring the world through fresh eyes again.
Sarah worked as a designer in the Boston area for 5 years before joining Jones in 2016. Sarah contributes to the firm as an associate, architect, project manager, and mentor to other staff. Sarah focuses on accessible and inclusive design and has a keen interest in renovating and restoring mid-century architecture.