Jon Anderson Architecture is an award winning architectural firm specializing in the innovative and progressive design of residential and commercial projects in the Southwest. The firm is set up around an architectural design studio philosophy dedicated to producing the highest quality product possible. JAA's experienced staff with a complete understanding of current methodology, technology and materials allows for an unparalleled level of creativity, affordability and sustainability.
Founded in 1991 by Jon Anderson FAIA, JAA has become regionally renowned, winning numerous design awards from the American Institute of Architects and featuring in architectural books and periodicals internationally. In 2012 Jon was elected to the AIA College of Fellows for his significant contributions to the profession. Since 2020 the legacy of JAA has been carried by owner-principals James Lucero AIA and Dean Cowdrey AIA, between them more than 30 years of diverse design experience, while Jon continues to provide vital expertise as Senior Architect.
JAA believes that innovation and creativity are a derivative of balancing the systems of program, economy, site, and the human sense of well-being. Although our approach is pragmatic in meeting the practical programmatic requirements, our projects transcend the ordinary by making every design decision meaningful in terms of craft and economy, and most importantly keeping the conditions for the occupants comfortable and conducive to mental and physical well-being. JAA's environmental view toward design starts with considering the placement of the building on the site. By taking into consideration the environmental impacts of heat gain, heat loss and day lighting, the building's life-cycle costs can be minimized. In addition, life-cycle cost analyses that consider daily operation and maintenance is also of prime concern. JAA's cost-effective award-winning designs are achieved through balanced compositions of basic geometries. Standardized readily-available building components are utilized as another method to keep costs down. These design strategies are employed without compromising visually compelling interior spaces and work in tandem with the primary focus of the building program.
JAA employs an in-house staff of 5 including Jon Anderson. All three associates are registered architects in the state of New Mexico and have numerous years of experience managing projects. An office this size means that everyone participates in all aspects of the process and are therefore well-informed of the project details. As our track record demonstrates, this approach has been an asset for our clients.