Alan Jones (architect)
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Alan Montgomery Jones (born 1964) is an architect and academic, and a member of the RSUA Council from 1998 to 2006 and 2007 to the present. From 2002 to 2006 he was a Vice President of the RSUA, in charge of its foundation wing. From 2001 to 2002 he was Hon. Vice President (Education) of the RIBA. He has served as a judge for RIBA and RSUA awards and the prestigious Scottish RIAS Andrew Doolan Prize. His own work has been awarded several times. In May 2012 he became the President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects for 2012-14.
Having previous experience with London-based Michael Hopkins and Partners and as an associate with David Morley Architects, Jones returned to Northern Ireland in 1998 to take up private practice as principal of Alan Jones Architects and to teach at the School of Architecture, Queens University Belfast.
He has since realised numerous projects, including the stainless steel-clad farmhouse extension at Cranfield (RIBA Award 1999); Straidhavern School; his family home in Randalstown; and an office for a coffee importer in Belfast, which received a special mention in the Architectural Association of Ireland awards 2004.
His Randalstown house received the RSUA Design Award for residential projects and an RIBA Award and shortlisted for the RIBA Manser Medal.
His work has featured in various publications - Domus (Milan), Wallpaper*, Architecture Today, Blueprint, Vision (Shanghai), Hinge (Hong Kong), and the Sunday Times. The Daily Telegraph (London) listed Jones as one of the UK's "top notch architects". His work has also been included in technical publications including Birkhauser's Fibre Cement: Technology and Design (2006) and the RIBA Guide to Architectural Insitu Concrete (2007).
Since 2008 Jones has concentrated on managing and leading the teaching of architecture in Queen's University. Alan Jones is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Queen's University Belfast and became its Director of Education (Architecture) in August 2008. He has been invited to be a design critic at the schools of architecture in Delft, Cambridge, North London, Bath and Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin and University College Dublin. He was a member of the RIBA Education Committee (2001-2012) and the Architects Council for Europe Education Working Group (2003-2009). He has represented Northern Ireland on RIBA Council since 2009 and has been a member of the national RIBA Research and Innovation Group and Research Grants Committee since 2010.
- "Toward an architecture: Ulster - Building our own authenticity", with David Brett, Black Square Books, 2008.
- Pertusini, Angela (23 February 2008). "Architects: We've got designs on your home". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Sell, Christopher (31 March 2009). "400 jobs lost in Northern Ireland architects' practices". Architects' Journal. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
Alan Jones, of Belfast-based Alan Jones Architects, said: 'My practice has seen a drop in inquiries and so I've moved into teaching for the foreseeable future. But if it's bad here then its worse in Dublin. I've heard horror stories of more than half of architects being laid off. We've had lots of CVs coming from down south.'
- "Academic Staff: Mr Alan Jones". Queens University Belfast. Retrieved 22 February 2013.