jones | haydu is a San Francisco based studio established in 2004 by principals Hulett Jones and Paul Haydu. We are a young and thoughtful firm with a demonstrated interest in innovative solutions, attention to craft and detail, and a desire to enrich each project with a distinct narrative. Combining over thirty years of experience in architecture, design, and interiors, we have worked on commercial, institutional, hospitality, and residential projects in several states. We are a growing studio that strikes a balance between large firm experience and small firm intimacy.
Our philosophy is centered on a specificity in each design problem and solution. We foster ideas and concepts informed by the unique nature of the client, the site, and the program. In so doing, we strive to unify aesthetic invention, functional sensibility, social and environmental responsibility, and economic reality. Rather than imposing a unified style upon user and circumstance, we seek inspiration from them. At the core of this philosophy is the goal to have architecture enhance one's experience.
We are driven by the idea that architecture comprises and emerges from numerous forces and stimuli, some apparent, others hidden. With a focus on communication and exploration, we understand that dialogue is essential and allows both a clearer understanding of the clients and their concerns as well as the emergence of less apparent, though deeply resonant desires. During these discussions, a layered design melding the essential functional needs with more emotive and sensory gestures takes shape. Ideally, each design goes beyond the pragmatic requirements and aesthetic desires and allows for rich connection, discovery, and wonder.