We design award–winning architecture. We create built environments that enhance their surroundings by complementing the landscape. We pay attention to cost, environmental impact, sustainability, and good design principles. But our clients always come first.

Our goal is to understand client wants and needs and create spaces for every facet of their lives: places to gather with family, retreat to nature, entertain friends, rest and rejuvenate in comfort, and enjoy the energy and trends of an urban setting.

Creating architectural environments that are uniquely tailored to our clients’ needs and lifestyles is our primary concern.  It’s also what we do best.


In business for more than a decade, John Harrison Jones Architect is recognized as a full-service professional design firm that produces distinctive architecture that responds to the environment and achieves client goals.

Our clients are diverse; our work is artful, contextual and sustainable. Commissions are primarily custom residential and commercial projects with an emphasis on creativity and innovation.

Through close client contact, attention to detail, and a full-range of services, our studio focuses on problem solving and personal attention to each project.

Located in the South Main Arts District of Downtown Memphis, the firm’s three talented designers have received numerous awards and honors, including awards from the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); AIA Tennessee; AIA Gulf States Region; Memphis Landmarks Commission; and the University of Arkansas School of Architecture.


Our approach to all projects includes a thoughtful assessment of environmental, social, cultural, historical, and regional traditions. Projects are primarily influenced by environmental context and client input.

The firm is organized as a traditional architectural studio that fosters relaxed, convivial interaction. In order to better communicate ideas with clients, the studio uses digital drawing tools, computer graphics, and hand-crafted renderings and models.  Project management and design resources such as requirement checklists, design and product library, and budget spreadsheets allow for the clear expression of client visions, program needs and project goals. Encouraging client participation in the process with frequent progress reviews and critiques ensures greater confidence in the work, better client relationships, and success in the final product.

Our approach considers every aspect of design and construction. In so doing, we are able to deliver a cohesive and thoroughly conceived product that meets program requirements, budget specifications, and design and contract needs.


Sole Proprietor and Principal Architect John H. Jones began his career in architectural design firms in Memphis and Newport Beach, CA. Educated at the University of Arkansas, Jones launched his namesake firm in 1998 as a one-man studio, adding staff based on the abilities of the individual paired with project demand. This deliberate and measured growth has resulted in a firm deeply rooted in fundamental principles of responsible design and individuality.


  • Programming

  • Site Evaluation & Selection

  • Site Analysis & Planning

  • Budget Planning for Project Cost

  • Space Planning & Interiors

  • Schematic Design & Development

  • Contract Documentation

  • Contractor Selection & Negotiation

  • Contract Observation & Project Close-out



Lewis–Markell Residence

  • Honor Citation, AIA Gulf States, 2012

  • Merit Award, AIA Tennessee, 2010

  • Merit Award, University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture, 2010

  • Honor Award, AIA Memphis, 2010

Fisherville Farm House

  • Merit Award, AIA Tennessee, 2003

Smythe Residence

  • Preservation Award, Memphis Landmarks Commission, 2002

Stokes Lake House

  • Alumni Award, University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture, 1997

  • Citation of Merit, AIA Gulf States, 1996

  • Honor Award, AIA Memphis, 1996

President’s Award, AIA Memphis, 1997, 1996


“Life on the River.” Delta Magazine, July/August 2003.

“Historic Homes: Recovering the Past.” At Home in Memphis, October 2002.

“Second Homes: Lake Escape.” At Home in Memphis, August 2002.

“A Natural.” Southern Accents, November/December 1997.