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Male, US, born 1938-08-29, died 2021-06-21

Associated with the firms network

Haag, Richard, Associates, Incorporated, Site Planners, Landscape Architects; Jones and Jones, Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners, Limited

Professional History


Draftsman, Jones Lovegren Helms, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1958-1959.

Designer, various landscape architecture offices, 1961-1965.

Research Associate, Harvard University, Landscape Architecture Research Office, Cambridge, MA, 1966-1967.

Conservation Planner, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, 1968-1969.

Partner, Jones and [Ilze Grinsbergs] Jones, Architects and Landscape Architects, Limited, Seattle, WA, 12/1969-01/2015. Jones retired from the firm in 2011. In its statement on the election of Jones to the Roll of Honor at the University of Washington, a writer for the UW News, Peter Kelley, summarized Jones's accomplishments: "The firm pioneered in areas such as river and highway corridor planning and design, context-sensitive roadway design, zoological and botanical gardens and parks and cultural centers. Recognizable projects include the Nooksack River Plan and the Woodland Park Zoo reconstruction plan." (See Peter Kelley, UW, "Two famous names added to College of Built Environments’ Roll of Honor," published 02/12/2015, accessed 06/30/2021.)


Affiliate Professor, University of Washington, Department of Landscape Architecture, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA. Jones was a Lecturer at the UW in 1972. (See "Architect Post Won," Centralia Daily Chronicle, 05/12/1972, p. 6.)

Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, CA.

Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Cambridge, MA.

Visiting Professor, University of Oregon (U of O), Eugene, OR.

Visiting Professor, University of Virginia (UVa), Charlottesville, VA.

Visiting Professor, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX.

Visiting Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Visiting Professor, the Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH.

By 2010, Grant Jones had provided guest lectures at 30 Departments of Landscape Architecture.

Professional Service

Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Washington Chapter.

Chair, ASLA, Washington Chapter, 1972-1973.

Member, WA State Board of Registration for Landscape Architects, Olympia, WA, 1972-1975. Jones served two terms on the WA State Board of Registration for Landscape Architects one beginning in 1972, the other in 1974. (See Oaths of Office, 1854-2021 - Grant - Jones, Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, accessed 07/15/2021 and "Architect Post Won," Centralia Daily Chronicle, 05/12/1972, p. 6.)

Trustee, ASLA, New York, NY, 1979.

Vice-president, ASLA, New York, NY, 1988-1990.

Chairman, State of Washington, Board of Registration for Landscape Architects, Olympia, WA, 1974-1979.

Director of Education, Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), Washington, DC.

Member, Harvard University Graduate School Design, Professional Council, Cambridge, MA, 1978-1982, 1991-1996.

Member, Harvard University, Graduate School, Visiting Committee, Cambridge, MA, 1993- .

Member, University Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Board of Visitors, Eugene, OR.

Member, Scenic America, Board of Directors, Washington, DC.

Member, Stewarship Partners, Board of Directors, Seattle, WA.

Jones wrote, edited or co-edited a number of books of poetry including What Rocks Know Selected Poems(2007), Okanogan Poems: Volume 2 Seventeen Poets (2013), Naming Water: Voices for Beaches, Marshes, Swamps, Creeks, Rivers (2014), Okanogan Poems Volume 3: Landscapes are Observatories (Coyote Springs Series)(2016), The Skookumchuck Poems (2017), Voices of Coyote Springs Farm (2018), In Love with Your Place (2018), and Weaving Edges (2019).

Professional Awards

Recipient, ASLA, Merit Award in Community Design, 1972.

Recipient, ASLA, Honor Award in Regional Planning, The Nooksack River Plan, Bellingham, WA, 1974.

Recipient, ASLA, Merit Award in Regional Planning, 1977.

Recipient, ASLA, Merit Award in Park Planning, 1977.

Recipient, ASLA, Merit award in Institutional Planning 1977.

Recipient, ASLA, President's Award of Excellence, presented to Jones and Jones for the New Exhibits and Public Spaces, Woodland Park Zoological Gardens, Seattle, WA, 1980.

Recipient, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, National Award, 1981.

Recipient, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, National Award, 1982.

Recipient, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, National Award, 1983.

Recipient, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, National Award, 1984. (This organization was known in 2021 as the "Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).")

Recipient, American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), Best Exhibit of the Year Award for the Thai Elephant Forest, Woodland Park Zoological Gardens, Seattle, WA, 1990.

Recipient, ASLA, National Merit Award in Communications for Time Places Heritage Signs, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Seattle, WA, 2000.

Recipient, ASLA, National Merit-Design Award for the "Paris Pike," U.S. Routes 27/68 between Paris and Lexington, KY, 2002.

Recipient, Federal Highway Administration, Environmental Award of Excellence for the "Paris Pike," U.S. Routes 27/68 between Paris and Lexington, KY, 2003.

Recipient, ASLA, Inaugural Firm of the Year Award, presented to Jones and Jones, 2003.

Recipient, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Award for Public Open Space and Recreation for the Trail of Elephants, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Australia, 2003.

Recipient, ASLA, Merit Award, Design, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, Cedar Falls, Washington, 2004.

Recipient, ASLA, Washington Chapter (WASLA), Research and Communication Merit Award for Intrinsic Landscape Aesthetic Resource Information [GIS] System (ILARIS), 2005.

Recipient, Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society, Distinguished Member Award, (lifetime achievement award for his landscape architecture contributions), 2005.

Honor Award, Research Category; American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). ILARIS: Intrinsic Landscape Aesthetic Resource Information System, 2006.

Recipient, California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona), Pomona, Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence, 2007, presented to Jones and Jones.

Recipient, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, Transportation Planning Excellence Award for the Design for the Reconstruction of US Highway 93, Flathead Indian Reservation, Evaro to Polson, MT, 2008.

Inductee, University of Washington (UW), College of Built Environments, Roll of Honor, Seattle, WA, 04/29/2015.

Inaugural Recipient, Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), Landscape Architecture Foundation Medal, 06/2016. He received this first award for "distinguished work over a career in applying the principles of sustainability to landscapes."

Recipient, Nature Conservancy, Merit Award, Arlington, VA.

Recipient, American Horticultural Society, Alexandria, VA, Merit Award.

Recipient, American Association Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, Merit Award, Kennett Square, PA. (This organization was renamed the "American Public Gardens Association.")

Recipient, Audubon Society, Merit Award.

Recipient, Sierra Club, Merit Award, San Francisco, CA.

Recipient, Phi Gamma Delta, Merit Award.

Recipient, Rainier Club, Merit Award, Seattle, WA.


High School/College

Graduate, Lakeside School, Seattle, WA.

Coursework in Physical Geology (Geoorphology), Math Logic, American Art History, Spanish Literature, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, 1956-1958. While at Colorado College, Jones participated in Army ROTC. He joined the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity here.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Seattle, WA, 1958-1961.

Coursework in poetry, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle, WA, 1961-1963. Jones worked with poet Theodore H. Roethke (1908-1963) in his Advanced Verse writing class (1961-1963) while the latter served as Poet in Residence at the UW.

M.Landscape Arch., Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Cambridge, MA, 1966. (See "Harvard Lists Area Graduates," Spokane Spokesman-Review, 06/20/1966, p. 7.)

Sheldon Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1968.

College Awards

Recipient, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, 1967-1968, to research bioclimatic adaptations in South America and Western Europe. On this fellowship, he spent eighteen months traveling through South America and Europe.



Born in Richmond Beach, WA, (now a part of the City of Shoreline), Grant Jones spent his childhood here. An obituary for Jones said of his formative years: "Grant grew up in Richmond Beach south Edmonds, Washington on a farm that his Grandad took care of. He was a tide-flat beach kid on the largest brackish estuary in North America. His mentors were Dungeness crabs, cockles, lingcod, and hug rays called skates. This early, intimate connection with his home landscape would shape his language and his love of nature." (See, "Grant Jones," published 06/29/2021, accessed 07/06/2021.)

He attended the Lakeside School, one of the region's top, private, college-preparatory high schools.

Jones resided at 1415 Woodrow Place East #4000 in 1993.(See, Source Information: U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 07/15/2021.)

In 2006, Jones and his wife Chong-hui purchased property in the North Okanagon Valley town of Ellisforde, WA. There they opened the Grant Jones Riverbraids Arboretum Nursery at their Coyote Springs Farm. On his page, Jones described the nursery nd farm in Ellisforde: "We maintain a planting of thousands of trees in a riverbraids arboretum botanic garden farm for oxygen and beauty in the Okanogan Country of North Central Washington. The fifty-acre gardens which contain 100 species planted as separate islands in strings like braidworks of a river are located at the eastern fringe of the ancient valley. Okanogan River meander levees etch the base of the hillslope, but beneath its underground channel still flows sixty feet down. Glacial loess sands mound against metamorphic granite foothills where I write poetry at Coyote Springs in the mouth of the canyon of the Mosquito, where my wife Chong and I and our dogs care for the land and each other as we attempt to restore the south distributary of the creek for a tribe of Steelhead who continue to return from the Pacific to spawn."

Of the Grant Jones Riverbraids Arboretum Nursery he wrote: "A 20-acre garden laid out as a river-like braidwork of grass channels and islands planted with native and complimentary trees, shrubs, forbs, fruits and grasses at the mouth of Little Mosquito Creek in the North Okanogan River Valley of North Central Washington, with adjacent 4 acre organic orchard in progress, as well as historic farm buildings under restoration, contiguous and interconnected to 30-acre Coyote Springs Farm nestled in the mouth of the canyon of the creek." (See, "Grant Richard Jones," accessed 06/30/2021.)

Jones passed away after a long illness at the age of 82.


His father was the architect Victor Noble Jarrott Jones (born 04/21/1900 in Usborne Township, ON, Canada-d. 1969), his mother, Iona Belle Thomas (born 01/19/1903 in Salem, OR). They wed on 10/16/1935 at Seattle, WA.


Grant Jones wed Ilze Grinsberg in 1965. They divorced in 1983.

He wed Lucy Thain Cantril (born 12/1939-d. 2017) on 07/30/1983. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmc830803_07518, accessed 07/15/2021.) They divorced on 07/03/1996 in King County, WA. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington State Divorce Indexes, 1969-2014, accessed 07/15/2021.)

Prior to marrying Jones, Cantril wed Asher Abbott White, Jr., (born 06/28/1936 in Minneapolis, MN) on 06/25/1959 in Minneapolis, MN. (See, Source Citation Publication Date: 21/ Jun/ 1959; Publication Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, accessed 07/15/2021.) They divorced in Seattle on 06/08/1979. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington State Divorce Indexes, 1969-2014, accessed 07/15/2021.)

Grant Jones married Chong-Hui Chu, a former owner of an International District antiques gallery in Seattle, WA. They wed on 08/17/1999 in Seattle, WA. (See Department of Health, Marriage Index, 1969-2017 - Jones - Grant - Chu - Et Al., Department of Health, Marriage Index, 1969-2017, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, accessed 07/15/2021.)


He and Ilze had a daughter, Kaija Jones.

He and Chong-Hui had two children, Yon-Chong and Young-Kwon.

Biographical Notes

Grant Jones was fluent in Spanish.

He sailed aboard the S.S. Santa Paula V. 86 from New York, NY on 07/23/1954, bound for Cartagena, Colombia. (See, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from New York, New York, 07/01/1948-12/31/1956; NAI Number: 3335533; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4169; NARA Roll Number: 272, accessed 08/27/2021.)

Member, Poetry Northwest, Seattle, WA.

PCAD id: 1645

Jones, Grant R., An Inventory and Evaluation of the Environmental, Aesthetic and Recreational Resources of the Upper Susitna River, Alaska., 1975-03. Jones, Grant R., Oost, Dennis, "Bioregional Design", Arcade: The Journal of Architecture/Design in the Northwest, 1997 Spring. Jones, Grant R., "Design as Ecogram", Development Series, University of Washington, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1: 1, 1975 Spring. Tobin, Caroline, "Travelers Hotel", Downtown Seattle Walking Tours, 12, 1985. Jones, Grant, Grant Jones / Jones & Jones : ILARIS : the Puget Sound Plan, 2007. Jones, Grant R., "Applying Visual Resource Assessment for Highway Planning” and “Zoo Design", Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards, 2006. Jones, Grant R., "Landscape Assessment...Where Logic and Feelings Meet", Landscape Architecture, 68: 3, 113-115, 1978-03. Jones, Grant R., "The Fullness", Landscape Journal, 20: 1, 4-12, 2001. Jones, Grant R., Atkinson, Megan, "Making a Marriage with the Land: The Future of the Landscape", Landscape and Urban Planning: A Journal of Landscape Ecology, Planning, and Design, 45: 2-3, 61-92, 1997-10. Library Builders, 214-215, 1997. Enlow, Clair, Living Places: The Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Jones & Jones, 2006. Jones, Grant R, "A Method for the Quantification of Aesthetic Values for Environmental Decision Making", Nuclear Technology, 25: Jones, Grant R., Gray, Brian, "Saving the Nooksack", Water and the Landscape, 130-137, 1979. Jones, Grant R., "Architectural Poetry: Jones & Jones Builds on the Ideas of People and Place", Western Art and Architecture, 2008-2009 Fall-Winter. Jones, Grant R., Parker, Cory, "Designing America’s Wildlife Highway: Montana’s U.S. Highway 93", Western Planner, 6-9, 2008-12.