At jones | haydu, we believe each project is an opportunity to not just meld the pragmatic requirements and aesthetic desires, but to allow for rich connection, discovery, and wonder.

We are a design driven, thoughtful firm with a demonstrated interest in innovative solutions, attention to craft and detail, and a desire to enrich each project with its own distinct narrative. Our philosophy is centered on a specificity in each design problem and solution. We foster ideas and concepts informed by the unique nature of the client, the site, and the program. In so doing, we strive to unify aesthetic invention, functional sensibility, social and environmental responsibility, and economic reality. Rather than imposing a unified style upon user and circumstance, we seek inspiration from them. At the core of this philosophy is the goal to have architecture enhance one's experience.


Established in San Francisco in 2004, partners Paul Haydu and Hulett Jones have cultivated a team to deliver design with exacting detail.

Our combined experience over the past thirty years encompasses programmatically rich buildings with a wide diversity in residential (single and multi-family), academic, hospitality, civic, commercial, and retail in several states and abroad. 


Hulett combines his passion for art, music and mathematics in his architectural career, bringing an acute design sensibility and deep technical expertise to his work. Prior to founding jones | haydu, Hulett worked as lead project architect and senior designer on major community, academic, commercial, renovation, and historic restoration projects for an internationally acclaimed firm. The bulk of all of these projects have been program rich environments with highly specific uses. 

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. Hulett is a registered architect in California and Texas.


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. Paul is a registered architect in California.



AIASF Homes Tour : Dolores Heights Residence
Julia Morgan Award / Residential Renovation and/or Addition over 12,000 s.f. : Restoration of a City Residence, G. P. Schafer Architect & jones | haydu
The Miami Marlins break ground on new academy in the Dominican Republic
DESIGN AWARD Commendation for Social Responsibility in Architecture for the Felipe Alou Baseball Academy
MERIT AWARD for excellence in Architecture, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco : The Amador Apartments

sb magazine (IAKS) “Design Driven by Climate : Felipe Alou Baseball Academy in Boca Chica”
CITATION AWARD for excellence in Interior Architecture, AIA San Francisco Chapter: The Italian Swiss Colony Building Lobby

D-backs break ground on new Academy in Dominican Republic
MERIT AWARD in Interior Architecture, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco : Coffee Bar Kearny

Inhabitat: "Coffee Bar by jones | haydu brings a San Francisco neighborhood back to life"
7x7 : Designer Crush Q&A: Hulett Jones of jones | haydu

Architectural Digest, 'The Best Modern Coffee Shops': Coffee Bar Montgomery

MERIT AWARD for Small Projects, AIA California Council: The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders

The Wall Street Journal, 'House of the Week': Lake Tahoe Residence

CITATION AWARD for excellence in Interior Design, AIA San Francisco Chapter: The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders

BEST OF SHOW and HONOR AWARD, IIDA Northern California Chapter: The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders

LONG LIST, Retail and Leisure, World Architecture News: Coffee Bar Montgomery

SPECIAL MENTION Architizer A+ Awards Office Interiors: The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders
MERIT AWARD, American Institute of Architects California Council: Coffee Bar Financial District

FIRST PRIZE, JURY AWARD, Transitional Housing, Cabin Fever competition, sponsored by Barker O'Donoghue

LONG LIST, Workspace Interiors, World Architecture News: The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders

Inc. magazine,'World's Coolest Offices': The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders

CITATION AWARD, American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter: Coffee Bar Financial District

California Home and Design, 'Cultured Cup' (Coffee Bar Financial District)

AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE: California Home and Design (The Offices of Buck O'Neill)

Keynote Speech, Barista Nation: 'Cafe Architecture'

Dwell Online feature, 'Coffee Break: San Francisco's Coffee Bar'
San Francisco Chronicle, Home and Garden front page, 'Out of the Ashes'

Dwell, back page feature: 'Hot Studs'
Exhibit:'The University of Texas School of Architecture 100th Anniversary'

San Francisco Chronicle (Magazine), 'Cottage Meets Tower' (Bayview Residence Addition)

The Architect's Newspaper, 'The New Brew' (Coffee Bar)
San Francisco Magazine, Best of SF 'Where to Write That Novel' (Coffee Bar)

7x7 Magazine,Bits+Bites, Best Coffee Shop with Free Wi-Fi (Coffee Bar)
San Francisco Magazine: 'A New Buzz' (Coffee Bar)

Daily Candy: 'Cool Beans, Coffee Bar Opens'

Thrillist: 'Coffee Bar'
California Home: + Design/AIA: Small Firms, Great Projects 'Santa Cruz Residence'
San Francisco Magazine/AIA: Small Firms, Great Projects 'Bernal Heights Remodel'

San Francisco Magazine/AIA: Small Firms, Great Projects 'Cole Valley Remodel'


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