UVA Alumni, Casey Jones, Featured in Architect Magazine
- By Ernest Beck
I Want You!
Federal design chief Casey Jones explains what you can do for your country—and how you go about doing it.
Since 1995, the U.S. government’s Design Excellence Program has promoted good design—and in many cases, cutting-edge design—at courthouses, border stations, and other federal offices. The program—which started at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)’s Public Buildings Service (PBS) and recently inspired the U.S. State Department to launch an Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) initiative for its embassies—manages the selection of designers and design review for buildings that house the federal civilian, domestic, and international workforce. Besides elevating the quality of federal architecture, Design Excellence has also brought substantial work to architects and other design professionals, from small projects to the new U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Casey Jones, 45, has served as director of Design Excellence at PBS since 2009 and as director of Design Excellence for OBO since January. He spoke to ARCHITECT about what architects need to know to win federal projects.
Published: July 24, 2012