Seattle architect Johnpaul Jones is one of 10 winners of the National Humanities Medals, the White House announced. The medals will be presented at the White House on Monday, July 28.
Jones was singled out for “honoring the natural world and indigenous traditions in architecture. A force behind diverse and cherished institutions, Mr. Jones has fostered awareness through design and created spaces worthy of the cultures they reflect, the communities they serve, and the environments they inhabit,” according to the announcement.
He drew national attention for his work (and that of his firm, Jones & Jones) on the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., but his work is also an integral part of the regional landscape. Among his many projects: Woodland Park Zoo Gorilla Habitat; Gene Coulon Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park and Environmental Ed Center; University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture and Native Longhouse; Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort; and the Bainbridge Island Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial.