Doug Jackson

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Position Professor


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Areas of Expertise

Architectural Design
Architectural Theory


Doug Jackson is an architect and a professor of architecture whose work examines new conditions of formal, spatial, and experiential agency occasioned by the dynamic spatial realities of contemporary networks and ecologies. He is the editor of SOUPERgreen! Souped-Up Green Architecture (Actar, 2017), for which he was also awarded a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, as well as the editor for the Journal of Architectural Education issue on “Environments.”

Doug previously served as a partner at the award-winning and internationally-acclaimed office of Jones, Partners: Architecture (J,P:A), whose innovative work was widely exhibited and was featured in numerous national and international publications, including the monographs Instrumental Form and El Segundo, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1998 and 2007 respectively.

During his tenure with J,P:A Doug was responsible for both the design and management of a variety of projects, including the Confluence Point Bridges and Ranger Station in San Jose, the Andersen Consulting Corporate Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, the Shuffle installation at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, and the HSI Productions Satellite Office in Culver City. He was also the graphic designer for the firm’s award-winning monograph, Instrumental Form, the graphic director for its follow-up monograph, El Segundo, and the author of the firm’s patent for its Residential Program Deck (PRO/dek) system (US Patent No. 6,526,702 B2).

In addition, Doug has maintained an independent design practice, Doug Jackson Design Office (, whose work has been featured in numerous publications, and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

At Cal Poly Doug currently teaches 5th Year Thesis Design Studio, as well as seminar classes related to design theory. Previously, Doug has taught design studios at both the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (as the Hyde Chair of Excellence).


Educational Credentials:

M Arch, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, NJ  2000
B Arch, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA  1993

Teaching Experience:

Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 2018-Present
Associate Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA  2013–2018
Assistant Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA  2008–2013
Hyde Chair of Excellence - Endowed Visiting Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE  2007–2008
Studio Instructor and Thesis Advisor, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA  2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Studio Instructor, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA  2003

Professional Experience:

Principal, Doug Jackson Design Office  2007–Present
Principal, Jones, Partners: Architecture  2003–2007


CA Licensed Architect (C-31242)  2007–present

Professional Memberships:

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture  2007–present


Selected Publications:

  • The Journal of Architectural Education: “Environments,” vol. 71, no. 2 (October, 2017)
  • SOUPERgreen! Souped Up Green Architecture (Actar, 2017)
  • “Slowmo House,” GA Houses 130, 2013
  • “Sun and Wind Elementals,” GA Houses 125, 2012
  • “Blink House,” GA Houses 120, 2011
  • “The Elementals,” GA Houses 115, 2010

Selected Grants/Research:

  • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Individual Production and Presentation Grant, 2015

Selected Activities:

  • Journal of Architectural Education, Editorial Board Member  2014-2017
  • GA Houses Project (Group exhibitions—exhibitor) GA Gallery  2010-2013
  • SOUPERgreen (Group exhibition—curator and exhibitor) Architecture + Design Museum  2011


Updated 01.28.19

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