On October 7, renowned Seattle-based architect Johnpaul Jones will be the first speaker in this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The award-winning Jones is the principal architect at Seattle’s Jones and Jones Architects, and is a monolith of architectural prowess in the field of landscape architecture and sustainable building.

Recently, Johnpaul Jones was lead architect for the Smithsonian Institution’s new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, and this experience will surely be a focal point for his speaking. He is also well known for his sustainable design for the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, Washington.

The date of his speaking engagement also marks the opening of the “Sustainable Environments Built in the Northwest” exhibit at Western Gallery, which represents many of the innovations in sustainable building that Johnpaul Jones has come to represent in his work as an architect.

Tickets are free and may be obtained by calling 650-6146 or through purchase at the Performing Arts Center box office. In the event that the tickets sell out, those wishing to grab tickets can line up at the PAC on the date of the lecture. Unclaimed seats will be released to people in a stand-by line, on a first-come, first-served basis, if ticket holders have not arrived at the venue by 6:20 pm. The stand-by line forms outside the Performing Arts Center.

In addition to his speaking engagement at the PAC, Mr. Jones will be participating in an open class discussion on October 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Miller Hall 163. Additionally, Mr. Jones will be interviewed on a live internet talk show where he will be responding to submitted questions. For more information regarding, or to submit questions, check out http://pandora.cii.wwu.edu/johnpaul_jones/.