Originally from Brooklyn New York, Evan Jones studied architectural history, philosophy and urbanism at Vassar College. He worked for the City of New York prior to earning a Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley. Final project focussed on full scale permanent exhibit area in the school lobby. This work led to both installation and fabrication work at SFMOMA and MAK museum in Vienna as well as the formation of the design/build firm ASSEMBLY with fellow students. Over the last 23 years the firm’s project types have expanded to include rural master planning projects and urban mixed-use housing. As projects grew in scale, the firm has maintained a small size where careful attention is paid to all aspects of the design process. The design focus of the firm continues to be the simple use of materials and the exploration of innovative details. The design process stresses working with a diverse array of consultants, stakeholders and fabricators to integrate complex needs into an integrated and efficient project. Evan is currently Adjunct Professor of Architecture at CCA where he has taught integrated advanced studios for the last 12 years. He is a co-founder of the Architectural Ecologies Lab at the California College of the Arts set up to explore how ecological performance can inform novel approaches to architectural form, material assemblies, and manufacturing processes. Within the school, the Buoyant Ecologies studio series has fostered an ongoing collaboration with fabricators and marine biologists to examine architectural innovation at the coastal edge. This studio work has received numerous national student environmental design awards. With co-founders Margaret Ikeda and Adam Marcus, the FloatLab prototype is set to be launched in the coming year in San Francisco Bay and has received a 2018 architect magazine R+D Award.
Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library