Our Story

We are Jones Pierce, Creativity That Works.

Taking a breath after the great recession and the accelerated recovery that started in 2012, we have streamlined our team into a lean survival machine. We have a career’s worth of experiences under our belts. We have designed the way we do business to accomplish the work we believe in and to provide a place for our staff to develop their skills and interests. Our organization is structured around our two founders, Bryan Jones and Cooper Pierce, and our third principal, Jason Moss. Together, we lead three studios offering a wide and experienced range of design services.

The strength of how we work is that we provide each client with a creative team made up of a studio leader supported by architects and professional designers. Our staff has varied interests and expertise, and we tailor the team to the needs of the clients. Creativity that Works.

Our collaborative team approach provides a structure to develop and recruit talented individuals to strengthen the skills we offer our clients. The unique opportunity for growth within teams encourages entrepreneurial people to invest their careers at Jones Pierce to either enhance the studio structure or develop a new studio like Jason Moss has done.

Jason Moss joined the Jones Pierce family in 2012 creating a new studio to design five types of projects; Preservation for historic tax credits; Recycle (Adaptive Reuse); Infill (Urban Boundaries) design for new buildings limited by urban environment; Food- restaurants and food preparation; Facility- business incubator and co-working facilities.

Cooper Pierce, co-founder of the firm, leads the Commercial Studio to design Branded Environments, Non-Profit Institutional, Multi-Family Mixed Use, Office (Headquarters and Interiors), and RE Investor Development.

Bryan Jones, co-founder of the firm, leads the Residential Studio focusing on custom home design; Classic- traditional design; DownHouse- downsized homes; Escape- recreational homes, Refresh- home renovations; and Sanctuary- high-performance homes and sites.


10 Principles

Jones Pierce Architects uses a principled approach to create consistently good new or renovation architecture. The 10 Principles are sequential, cumulative and collaborative. Following the principles assures that important decisions are made in the right order—with no backtracking or costly surprises. This is a unique approach to renovation and new design. This approach can make the difference between a favorable construction outcome, and a stressful experience. The following are the 10 principles we follow to produce successful building transformations and new-builds.

  1. Listening. First listen then design.
  2. Context. The design stands out while fitting in.
  3. Lifetime Structures. Plan for living in your home or adapting your business space to last forever.
  4. Sustainability. Prescribing sustainable design no matter what the budget.
  5. Viability. Contemplating a custom renovation or new structure.
  6. Teamwork. Custom projects require custom teams.
  7. Budget Confirmation. Confirming the construction price and selecting a contractor early in the process.
  8. Cost Control. Produce final drawings with the contractor on the team to mitigate cost escalations as detail is added to the design.
  9. Owner Leverage. Leverage must be retained as long as possible in the process.
  10. Make it Easy. Making the process & decision-making easier and fun for our clients.

Awards

2017

City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for Contextual Infill
Project: 405 9th Street in Ansley Park

2016

Chrysalis Award for Historic Renovations
Project: The Wadley Residence

2014

Marvin Windows Red Diamond Achiever National Award Winner
Project: Tranovich Residence in Lake Arrowhead, GA

EarthCraft Project of the Year Award
Project: Radlmann Residence, achieved Gold certification for EarthCraft House rating

OBIE Awards –
Best Green Home
Best EarthCraft House
Best Building Design for Detached Home $750K and Above
Detached Single Family Builder for $650K-$800K
Single Family Detached–Urban Redevelopment/Revitalization
Project: Radlmann Residence

2012

AGC of GeorgiaMerit Award for Best Sustainable Building Practices
Project: Monastic Heritage Center at The Monastery of the Holy Spirit

2010

City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission Historic Preservation Award of Excellence
Project: 147 The Prado in Ansley Park

2009

City of Atlanta Urban Design Commission Historic Preservation Award of Excellence
Project: 463 Sinclair Avenue in Inman Park

2008

City of Decatur Historic Preservation Commission Design Award
Project: 224 Barry Street

2007

Chrysalis Award
Project: Purser Kitchen Renovation

2005

AIA Atlanta Residential Design Merit Award
Project: Whyte-Pierce Residence

Award of Excellence for New Construction
Project: Whyte-Pierce Residence, Atlanta Urban Design Commission

2004

Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award for Design Excellence
Project: Arizona Lofts

2003

City of Decatur Historic Preservation CommissionHistoric Preservation Award
Project: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Education Building Renovation

AIA North Carolina Honor Design Award
Project: The Grove Arcade

2002

City of Decatur Historic Preservation CommissionHistoric Preservation Award
Project: Historic Decatur Condominiums, Decatur Historic Preservation Commission JPA2

Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award for Design Excellence
Project: Edgewood Exchange Lofts

2000

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation
Project: Newnan Lofts

1998

City of Decatur Design Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation
Project: The Food Business

1997

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Rehabilitation
Project: The William Oliver Building

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Rehabilitation
Project: The GE Building

Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award for Historic Preservation
Project: The William Oliver Building

1996

Atlanta Business Chronicle First Prize for “Top Deal in Real Estate”- Rehabilitation
Project: The William Oliver Building

Atlanta Business Chronicle 2nd Prize for “Top Deal in Real Estate”- Rehabilitation
Project: The Deere Lofts

1993

Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Award for Urban Development
Project: The Stonewall Battery


Professional Registrations & Affiliations

REGISTRATIONS

Registered Architect:

  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Washington D.C.
AFFILIATIONS
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Institute of Classical Art and Architecture (ICAA)
  • Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Passive House Alliance- United States (PHA-US)
  • Permaculture Research Center (PRC)
  • US Green Building Council (USGBC)
AFFILIATED REGISTRATIONS
  • PHA-US: Certified Passive House Consultant
  • PRC: Permaculture Design Consultant
  • USGBC: LEED Accredited Professional- Building Design and Construction (LEED AP- BD&C)