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“Alan Jones… is a sincere critic and an architect who builds what he preaches…” 

Kieran Long, Architects’ Journal

Alan Jones


I am the current elected Vice-President for Education of the RIBA Council. I am a nationally elected member of the RIBA Council and in 2015 was elected by council to be the Vice-President for Education and a member of RIBA Board.
I have an Honorary Fellowship with the RIAS, and was made FRIBA by the RIBA for significant contribution to practice, education and the profession. I am also a member and chair of many visiting boards to schools of architecture worldwide and in UK.
I am a past president of RSUA Council and have been a member since 1998. I have previously judged RIAS, RSUA and RIBA awards, and the RIAS Doolan prize.
I practiced in London for 10 years – spending 7 years with Michael Hopkins & Partners and 3 years with David Morley Architects – before moving back to the RIBA Ulster region, where I now practice and teach.


I appreciate practice and education, and the differences between London and elsewhere.
Alan Jones Architects and Glenn Howells Architects: New Alley Theatre and Conference Centre, Strabane, Co Tyrone – RSUA Award.
Alan Jones Architects: Addition to a farmhouse, Cranfield, near Lough Neagh. RIBA and RSUA Awards. Published in the RIBA Journal.

Leading Practice

I appreciate that architects, clients and project teams define success in different ways.  My practice experience is varied in terms of scale and location and I have tried to make the most of where I am at that particular moment in time:

Alan Jones Architects, Northern Ireland

Founder & Director

Wallpaper*, 2008 “World guide to 25 Architects…” Daily Telegraph, 2008 “Top ten architects to design your new home”.

Office for a Coffee Importer, New Dwelling – Randalstown, Addition to Straidhavern School, New Alley Theatre, Strabane.

RIBA Awards 2007 & 1999, Manser Medal shortlist 2007, RSUA awards 2008, 2006, AAI Special Mention 2004.

Architecture Today, Domus, Blueprint, RIBAJ, Perspective, RIBA Architectural Insitu Concrete, Fibrecement: Technology & Design.

David Morley Architects, London (Building Young Practice of the Year 1998)


New Shop and ECB Headquarters, Lords Cricket Ground & New Accommodation at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

2 RIBA Awards 1997, British Construction Industry Awards – Highly commended & Special Mention 1997 Structural Steel: Commendation.

Michael Hopkins & Partners (Hopkins Architects)

London (RIBA Gold Medal 1994)


SavaCentre HedgeEnd, Schlumberger Cambridge Research (Phase 2), Façade & lighting for the New Inland Revenue Offices, Nottingham. RIBA Award 1992, 1994 Green Building of the Year Award: Highly Commended 1994 Concrete Society Award.

1994 Civic Trust Award for Energy 1994.

Brick Award: Best Commercial & Industrial Building.

Alan Jones Architects: Office for a Coffee Importer, Belfast. Special Mention, AAI Awards.

Inspiring Debate

Creating / organising / co-organising the following public events and publications

“Future Architects – Architects Future” – Annual Conference, UK Architecture Students Network, 2016

Proposed the theme, co-organised the speakers and delivered the introductory “keynote” talk to the day of presentations with students preparing “postcards from the edge”, sent to RIBA and ARB to inform the review of Architectural Education.

“Design as Research” – 2016

Annual SCHOSA Conference, Queen’s University Belfast (SCHOSA – represents the majority of schools of Architecture in UK and Ireland) – How research and design can be developed together for the benefit of architects / graduates, students and universities.

“Disruptive Design Practice – how should architects operate after the recession” 2015

Cliff Moser, USA – author of “Architecture 3.0” – Arranged a three city speaking tour – Belfast, Edinburgh & Manchester.

“Everything an architect needs to know about marketing” 2014 Public lecture and discussion

Architectural marketing guru Paul Iddon presented essential marketing strategies for architectural practices.

“In Architecture it is a long road to success – but what does success look like?” 2014

Adrian Dobson, Director of Practice at RIBA, exploring the many routes in architecture that are rewarding and profitable.

“Irish Eyes are smiling – Conviction that the recession is over….” RIBA J 2014

A review by Alan Jones, published in the October 2014 issue of RIBAJ, of how N Ireland is an ecosystem of architectural practice exhibiting various modes of operation – from big city cut and thrust to rural calmness, exquisite craft to smart commercialism.

“Future Practice – conversations from the edge of architecture” 2013   Talk and discussion

Rory Hyde, author of the book (Routledge) of the same name, outlined his research on new forms of practice.

“Architecture but not as we know it… seven potential futures – which do you want?”   2012

Seven speakers giving their perspective on working through and out of the recession…David Saxby (Architecture 00 London), Simon Foxell (The Architect’s Practice), Peter Trebilcock (Balfour Beatty), Neil Baxter (RIAS Edinburgh), Michelle Fagan (FKL Architects / President RIAI Dublin), Willie Watt (N Russell Studio, Dundee & RIBA Procurement Reform Group), Brendan Kilpatrick (PRP London) and conclusions Michael McGarry, McGarry Ni Eanaigh Architects, Dublin / Queen’s University Belfast).

“The Value of Architecture and Architects” 2012 Four presentations and a discussion

From competition to Reality”- Alastair Hall (Hall McKnight Belfast & London), “Commissioning, creating and using the Metropolitan Arts Centre” Anne McReynolds (Client of the £18M MAC, Belfast), “Research and the practice of architecture”, Elanor Warwick (Previously Head of Research at CABE), “The value of architecture and architects” – Shane O’Toole (renowned author and critic).

“The value of an architecture policy” 2012

Presentation by Alan Jones to the Architecture & Design All Party Working Group, Scottish Parliament, 2012.

“Toward an Architecture: Ulster” 2008 with design historian Dr David Brett

Instigator and co-author of this book, exploring history, climate, material and place – reviews by John Tuomey and Kieran Long.

“Re-engage Research” and “The difference between know-how and know-that”

International conference papers exploring the relationship between practice, knowledge, research, expertise and innovation.

Alan Jones Architects: House for an American Couple, near Portglenone, Co Antrim.  Published in Perspective and Grand Designs Magazine.

Maintaining standards and identifying excellence

Design Review

Reviewing major planning applications of prominent projects, as a design expert for the Ministerial Advisory Group, Department of Culture Arts & Leisure, appointed 2008, renewed 2015.

Judging Awards

RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland – member of the short-listing and judging panel 2016 – with architects Denise Bennetts and Willie Watt.

RIBA President’s Medals, Bronze and Silver, 2015 – judging panel – with Niall McLaughlin, Roisin Heneghan, Kate Goodwin and others.

RIBA Awards Assessor 2005 & 2006, invited 2014 – judging panel, with Gordon Murray and others.

Scottish Architecture in Education Awards 2013 – with Andy McMillan and others.

The Andrew Doolan Award for New Architecture In Scotland – judging panel 2008, with Arnie Dunn, Marjorie Appleton, Andy Burrell.

Determining eligibility

Member of the RIBA Membership Eligibility Assessment Panel, reviewing international applications for RIBA chartered membership

Previous member of the ARB Assessment Panel, reviewing international applications for equivalence to ARB (RIBA) Parts 1 & 2.

Reviewing Schools of Architecture

Invited external examiner University of Dundee 2014-2018 Manchester School of Architecture 2008-2012.

Invited external expert support periodic review of architecture courses at the universities located in Bath, Leicester and Cardiff.

Beginning as a student member of ARB/RIBA visiting boards, I have been a member, co-chair or chair of numerous RIBA visiting boards to Schools of Architecture – at a national and international level – from 1989 through to the most recent as the chair of the 2013 / 15 visits to the University of Westminster.

Alan Jones Architects: Proposal for a house for Cloughwater Valley, Co Antrim. Design and planning approval only appointment. Now constructed.

Investing in the profession

Royal Society of Ulster Architects

President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects 2012-14, creating a development plan 2012-16, the Young Architects Group and the Senior Architects Group.

I managed an enhanced gender balance on council during my presidency. Council member Royal Society of Ulster Architects (1998-2016).

Royal Institute of British Architects

Strategic leadership and direction

Since September 2015 I have been part of the RIBA Board that has been reviewing the strategic direction, leadership and resourcing of the Institute, linking the 2016-2020 Vision developed by and through Council to activities and principles.

Member of the Advisory Group to the Value of Architects Research Project (2016-17), led by Prof Flora Samuel.

Contributing to the activities and debates in RIBA Council

Joint highest final number of votes in the 2015 National RIBA elections.

RIBA Nationally Elected member of RIBA Council 2015-18.

Presentation “ The upward spiral – practice / research / teaching/ practice”.

RIBA Council 2012-14 – as President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

RIBA Ulster (RSUA) Regional Representative RIBA Council 2010-12.

Raising the research agenda

RIBA Research and Innovation Group, London – member (Since 2010).

RIBA Research Grants and Trust Committee, London – member (2011-15).

I made the initial suggestion for RIBA to begin its Research Department.

Informing the direction of architectural education

RIBA (Hon) Vice-President (Education) (2015-17).

National RIBA Education Committee (2001-12).

RIBA (Hon) Vice-President (Education) (2001-2).

Developing the Architects of Tomorrow

Director of Education (Architecture) Joint Head of Architecture, Queen’s University Belfast 2008 – Present

Creator and leader of Success through Architecture, a role model project with185 students and 70 participants from practice and industry

Senior Lecturer and tutor design, technology and professional skills Queen’s University Belfast 2008 – Present

Teaching Award for a masterplan project involving 50 final year students, H&W Property Ltd and Fred Olsen, renowned global industrialist.

Guest design critic at Bath University, TU Delft, University of Cambridge, Mackintosh School of Architecture

Member of the working group that composed “The Architect of tomorrow” publication

Co-author and introduction to the RIBA Criteria for Validation, used until 2011.

Alan Jones Architects: Three classroom addition to a primary school, Aldergrove, Co Antrim. Published in Architecture Today, reviewed by Patrick Lynch.


“The work of the practice is underpinned by a clear sense of refinement of simple themes and components – even under modest budgets there is a sense of precision and particularity, which is especially apparent in the elements of furniture designed by the practice.”
New Architects 2 – A Guide to Britain’s best young architectural practices.
“Alan Jones Architects are… producing buildings that include some of the most significant in this region during recent years despite their relatively modest scale.” 
Perspective : The Journal of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects.
“…. by looking at the exiting conditions in which he works and thinking about how it could be represented in a manner that mines the meagre surroundings for maximum effect, this…architect is showing an alternative way of creating architecture….”
Aaron Betsky, Critic, Author and previously Director of The Netherlands Architecture Institute, writing on the Office for a Coffee Importer.
“Jones… is a sincere critic and an architect who builds what he preaches….” 
Kieran Long, Editor, Architects’ Journal, 2008.