The UNM School of Architecture and Planning's Indigenous Architecture lecture series features Johnpaul Jones on Monday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. He presents, "Indige¬nous Design: Emerging Gifts." A reception precedes the lecture from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

Jones has a 40-year career as an architect and found¬ing part¬ner of Jones & Jones. His design philosophy emerged from his Cherokee-Choctaw ancestors, which connects him to the natural, animal, spirit and human worlds. His designs have won wide¬spread acclaim for their reverence for the earth, for paying deep respect to regional architectural traditions and native landscapes, and for heightening understanding of indigenous peoples and cultures of America.

Jones, who earned a bachelor of architecture from the University of Oregon in 1967, has led the design of numerous cultural centers, museums and other native projects with tribes spanning the North American continent, culminating in his 12-year engagement as overall lead design consultant for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Jones, a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, has garnered local and national awards for his designs. In 2006, he received the AIA Seattle Medal, conferred by the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for his leadership in design. He also received the 2006 Executive Excellence Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

In 2005, Jones returned to the University of Oregon to receive the Ellis F. Lawrence Metal from the School of Architecture & Allied Arts, and the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater for "not just designing buildings, but creating places that incorporate both the practical and the spiritual, and for heightening human sensitivity to cultural and environmental issues."

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