Born in Melbourne in 1964, and raised on the North Shore of Sydney, Russell Jones was introduced to Architecture at an early age, spending weekends in the display homes and in the offices of influential modern house builders, Pettit and Sevitt, where Jones’ Father worked.
Growing up in a Merchant Builders “Studio” split level designed by Graeme Gunn, and Pettit and Sevitt “Two Storey J” designed by Ken Woolley in the bushland of Ku-ring-gai Chase in Sydney, was to have a lasting impact and influence. Russell Jones studied Architecture at the University of Sydney, completed the design of his first realised project at the age of 18 and graduated in 1988 with the CHL Turner Memorial Prize in Architectural Design. As a student and after graduation, he worked in the office of Harry Seidler, and received encouragement to travel and study Architecture in Europe and the United States.
Since leaving Australia, Jones has worked and lived in London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Commencing with the first completed project in 1985 for a timber beach front house, a portfolio of finely crafted works has evolved. A rigorous approach to the generation of external architectural and internal spatial form, and the specifics of physical and social context, shape and vary each project. Simplicity and authenticity of construction and the careful selection, use and expression of materials is essential to each project. A small, dedicated team of assistants has been integral to the design and construction process of all completed works.