I Am AIA:
Chris Jones AIAExpand
Chris brings over 16 years of experience to NK, previously owning his own residential architecture practice. As COO, he oversees operations and implements goals and vision set by the Board and CEO, while creating an environment where NK’s employees and clients can do their best work.
Why did you join AIA Seattle?
I joined AIA Seattle to foster new connections with my peers and add my voice to the work done by the organization on our behalf.
What is the value of AIA to you?
Clients and colleagues alike understand AIA membership. It underscores a commitment to continued growth as an architect advancing state-of-the-art design innovations in the profession, and advocating for the quality of our built environment.
What projects are you working on now?
As a Principal leading NK Architects’ townhome studio, I’ve been fortunate to work with several great clients in the Puget Sound region. Some of my favorite projects in production now mix ground-level townhouses and live/work spaces over a shared parking podium to create dense, urban developments on complicated sites. These projects are great because they meet the market’s need for parking without the noise or loss of amenity areas associated with private garages. As NK’s new COO, I’m excited to manage and improve our firm’s operations so we can deliver on our mission to create exemplary, valuable projects though great design and Passive House construction.
How do you explain what you do for a living?
My daughter says that I design great houses for people. I usually explain my work as designing urban residential projects that are well crafted, high-performing and deliver excellent value to our clients.