Our Story

Creativity that Works – A Principled Approach

At Jones Pierce, we breathe life into Creativity that Works through 10 principles that guide our approach to design and construction. The heavy lifting is at the beginning and done so on purpose. Following the principles assures that important decisions are made in the right order—with no backtracking or costly surprises.

We begin with listening, the most critical element. Before we begin designing, we describe the project in words. This is our check on have we really heard you; do we understand the feel you want to create. Next, we determine if the project is viable from a budget, zoning, and if needed, a historical standpoint. We focus on how the completed project will fit the visual picture of the neighborhood or street, and how will the project adapt for changing needs of the structure over time. We believe in stewardship, and we are just as invested in the long-term life of the structure as the owner.

Teamwork is key. Matching the right contractors, craftsmen and subs are essential to a successful outcome. Having all of them play a role in a “reality check” on pricing before designs are finalized and construction begins reduces surprises. This includes having the interior designer, contractor, owner and architect work in tandem on pre-construction tasks. With constant communication aided by technology between the players, everyone is aware of how design choices impact their area of responsibility. We believe that fast tracking construction can be advantageous for the owner, but construction shouldn’t begin until all decisions are made, and pricing is approved by the owner. Otherwise, fast track may turn into slow track.

Our last principle is to Enjoy the Journey. Our approach can make the difference between a favorable construction outcome or a stressful experience. Our goal is to always create a journey that is memorable for the right reasons.


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 –  Listen first then design.
  2. Viability – Determine the project’s success on paper before getting in too deep with design.
  3. Design Consciousness –  Create buildings that stand out while fitting in.
  4. Plan to anticipate change –  We believe buildings can effect change and change is good.
  5. Project Stewardship – Design like you own it.
  6. Teamwork – Custom projects are a team sport if you have the right team.
  7. Reality Check – Agree to reality while you can adjust the design.
  8.  The need for speed – Respect the milestones to fast track construction.
  9. Information Sharing – Include all members of the team in the design process.
  10. Enjoying the journey – This could be fun.

Awards

2017

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

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)