GUARDIANS | Susan Jones
Heroic strength. Unflappable bravery. A commitment to doing what's right against impossible odds. Wearing a cape.
This is what it takes to be a Guardian. Right?
We'll be honest, designing buildings didn't initially make our shortlist. That is until we met Susan Jones.
In 2003, Susan Jones founded her own firm - atelierjones llc - with the idea of using natural materials and the latest technology to build beautiful spaces. Spaces that are anchored in sustainability. Spaces that serve a larger environmental purpose. Spaces that give back to nature as much - if not more - than they take.
Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, Susan Jones designed some of the first Mass Timber buildings in the U.S. - including her own home. Today, she and her team continue to pave the way for Mass Timber in North America by showing the world that there is no reason a building can't also be a climate change solution.
When you look at it like that, it's hard to see Susan Jones as anything but a Guardian.
On its surface, forest products manufacturing looks very different than it did 100 years ago. But, behind the machines and the new technology is a group of skilled, dedicated, and hardworking individuals who make it all possible.