Principal Brett Randall Jones, AIA, LEED AP, believes that being connected with the community for which we are designing is essential to the creation of meaningful buildings. Focused on place-based architecture, Brett is a key figure in DBA’s hospitality practice. He also serves as the Principal in Charge of the DBA_Workshop—our prototyping and fabrication shop—expanding our shop capacity and facilitating the integration of original designs and custom pieces into DBA’s housing and hospitality projects.
Brett is an active member of the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California’s Emerging Leaders Peer Network, and East Bay Housing Organizations. He received both a Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture from Auburn University in Alabama and is a proud alumni of the Rural Studio, where he designed large-scale community projects and low-income housing and developed extensive construction knowledge through several self-built projects.
Since joining DBA in 2011, Brett’s work has spanned hospitality, affordable housing, market-rate housing, and more. Stand-out projects include the Harmon Guest House in Healdsburg, California; the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Building in San Francisco; Fillmore Park, affordable homes for first-time buyers in San Francisco; Potrero 1010—a mixed-use, mixed-income community and public park in San Francisco; and 388 Fulton, a micro-unit building that won a 2018 AIA San Francisco Honor Award.
Currently, Brett is working on a range of innovative hospitality and housing projects, including the HH Residences in Healdsburg; the Parkside Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama; Hotel Sebastopol in Sebastopol, California; and a large mixed-use artist and hotel co-living development at the historic California Cotton Mills in Oakland, California.
“Brett's hard work, management skills, and good nature inspire loyalty in the clients and colleagues who work with him. He has a beautiful ability to design and sketch, but to also think in systems and bring organization to chaos.”
—Amanda Loper, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Get to know Brett.
I grew up in a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama. I really enjoyed growing up in the rural South—I spent most of my childhood in the woods, exploring and collecting. Building with found objects as a child helped me understand how one can create a place. I went to Auburn University to get my architecture and interior architecture degrees, which was an incredible experience. But somewhere along the way, I became discontent with the idea of being an architect. Much of what I understood architecture to be was luxury meant for the affluent that only contributed to materialism and excess, but I had read a book about homelessness in Japan and it really intrigued me, so I decided to go to Yoyogi Park in Tokyo to learn more.