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Aug 26 | Fellowship with Hulett Jones & Paul Haydu

On Wonder and Resonance : The Realities of Imagining, or Wanting to Kick Ass While Getting Your Ass Kicked

“In every case one must achieve a simultaneous solution of opposites”
—Alvar Aalto

Amador Apartments      Location: Oakland


Giants Facility      Location: Dominican Republic


Coffee Bar Embarcadero        Location: San Francisco

jones | haydu began with two people having a shared goal of doing competitions and white papers, and maybe helping each other with “real” projects. Once office space was procured, the “real” projects took over. They have been known to say, “We want to design libraries and museums. Until we get those commissions, we strive to treat every restroom remodel as a library and every coffee shop as a museum.” For this conversation, they intend to show a variety of ways they try to keep the notion of concept front and center in their process for all of their clients.

jones | haydu foster ideas and concepts informed by the unique nature of the client, the site, and the program. In so doing, they strive to unify aesthetic invention, functional sensibility, social and environmental responsibility, and economic reality. Rather than imposing a unified style upon user and circumstance, they seek inspiration from them. Their goal is to create projects that resonate with the user, and hopefully have moments of wonder.



“Between thought and expression, lies a lifetime.” —Lou Reed
Learn how to overthink everything. Learn how a voracious curiosity can grow amazing ideas, and also shrink your bank
account. Also learn how to start an architecture and design firm while ignoring all advice on how to do so.

“Three Chords and the Truth” —Harlan Howard, describing country music
Balancing the Three-Legged Stool. Learn how we attempt to balance economy, design, and the technical throughout our
practice, most often with a design process focused on reduction and harmony.

“Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite” —Paul Arden
Think in opposites. Learn how we test our design and concepts, how we sometimes intentionally fail in an effort to get to the best solution.

“Music is the space between the notes.” —Claude Debussy
“Music is the space between the notes. It’s not the notes you play; it’s the notes you don’t play” —Miles Davis
The space between. Learn the various ways we use to remind ourselves that architecture is not about the architect; the ways in which we attempt to divorce the ego (ours included) from the design process.


Meet Hulett Jones and Paul Haydu,

the founders of  jones|haydu



Hulett combines his passion for art, music, and mathematics in an architectural career that spans over three decades. Prior to founding jones | haydu, Hulett worked at a diverse range of firms in Dallas, Austin, San Francisco, and a brief stint in Shanghai. Through this experience, Hulett has served as lead project architect and senior designer on major community, academic, hospitality, renovation, restoration, preservation, and residential projects. For the last two years, Hulett has served as a key member on a committee within the AIA tasked with shaping public policy as relates to urban design matters.

Hulett’s father was an artist and industrial designer, his mother an educator, and his grandfather an engineer. From the earliest age, he remembers learning to draw from his father, sitting under his grandfather’s drafting table, and learning from his mother’s Socratic dialogue method of teaching. This Socratic method drives his design process through questioning and discovery. Hulett holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as an adjunct professor, teaching at California Polytechnic State University (SLO), the California College of the Arts, and at the Academy of Art University.





With a deep interest in the literary and visual arts, Paul brings a keen ear to the design process and seeks to infuse the solution with both pragmatic and narrative qualities. Prior to founding jones | haydu, Paul worked as senior designer and project manager on a range of residential, commercial, and academic projects for a small, award winning firm. This experience focused on inventive and highly detailed and personalized solutions comprising in-depth research and open discourse.

Paul’s father was a chemist, his mother a professor of literature, and his aunt a painter. The lively and varied discussions and experiences born of this environment instilled a sense of artistic curiosity tempered by scientific logic early on. A music lover, avid cook, intermittent author, ally of the outdoors, and aspiring world traveler, Paul seeks a breadth and depth of dialogue, interaction, and discovery. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as an adjunct professor, teaching at California Polytechnic State University (SLO) and the Academy of Art University.

Join us!

 Time:        Wednesday, August 26, 2020

                    6:15 pm Virtual Happy Hour

                    7:00-9:00 pm Presentation + Discussion

Cost:           AIA Members $10 | Non-members $15 | Students Free

                     * Students contact exec@aiasmc.org to register

Credits:      1 AIA LU (LU credit pending)

Purchase your ticket by 4:00 pm on August 26th and you will be sent the ZOOM invitation.





  • Kartikey Patel
    July 20, 2020

    Please register me for this event My AIA # is 30214840

    • July 20, 2020

      I’ve added you to the list of attendees and will send you more information.

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