Architecture Alumnus Johnpaul Jones Wins Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal

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At the 109th annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in March, architect and alumnus Johnpaul Jones (BArch, ’67) received the Gold Medal from the Tau Sigma Delta (TSD) Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts.

Jones, FAIA, is a founding partner of Jones & Jones in Seattle. He has a storied career spanning more than half a century that honors and centers the natural world and indigenous traditions in his practice, a philosophy informed by his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage.

In 1998, the College of Design (then the School of Architecture & Allied Arts) awarded Jones the Lawrence Medal, and in 2014, President Obama awarded Jones the National Humanities Medal. Due to Jones’ expertise, his firm was chosen to design the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

“UO architecture alumnus Johnpaul Jones’ achievements in architecture—designs for ecosystems and cultural heritage, and of Native American cultural centers from the scale of the UO Many Nations Longhouse to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian—are of global significance. The Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal is an important recognition of his lifetime achievement,” said Erin Moore, director of the School of Architecture & Environment.

Read more about Jones and the award on the ACSA website.