ALEX Q. JONES

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South Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired professionally by the work of Eric Mar- tin AIA. His diligent attention to detail through his progression in the field of architecture is noteworthy. Detail should not be neglected when you rise through architecture and design ranks.

Alex Q. Jones

Bio:

My hometown is Greenville, SC. However, I am currently a student of architecture at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. In addition to Tuskegee University, I have attended the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco and the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, SC, through Clemson University’s curriculum. At Tuskegee, I serve as Vice President to the Tuskegee chapter of NOMAS and an ambassador to the architecture school.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I first learned of the field of architecture through my grandfather, who was a brick mason. As a young child, my admiration for my grandfather’s trait lead me to have an interest in creating designs through lego bricks. I loved to draw buildings.

What do you do?

Outside of architecture and design, I have been a mu- sician since a young age of 7. I am a pianist, organist, percussionist, and choir director.

What excites you in the work you do?

The element of architecture that excites me is its power to influence the actions of its occupants. Archi- tecture has the cultural responsibility to respectfully influence the life patterns of communities to suit their needs better.

 

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired professionally by the work of Eric Mar- tin AIA. His diligent attention to detail through his progression in the field of architecture is noteworthy. Detail should not be neglected when you rise through architecture and design ranks.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I interned with the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center. I was responsible for developing a site plan for their urban garden. Seeing the reactions of commu- nity members viewing the proposed design has given me a sense of gratitude.

 

Featured Project Name: 

Tuskegee University Architecture Library

 

Featured Project Location: 

Tuskegee, Alabama

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Fall 2018

Role in Featured Project: 

Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

The Library houses a new architecture and construction library, banquet room, and study areas. All of which are built into a hillside site. This design takes inspiration from the African Ashiko Drum and its cylindrical and conical form and African Ashiko Kente Cloth. I investigated ways to utilize glass in giving the illusion of a Kente Cloth design. The solution was translucent channel glass. When backlit at night, the project’s glass elements would glow like a beacon.

 

Photography Credit:

Alex Q. Jones

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