Jonathan Barnes' Firm Receives Gold Medal Award

Jonathan BarnesJonathan Barnes (Miami '82) Principal, Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design (JBAD), the acclaimed architectural firm based in Columbus, Ohio, was awarded the Gold Medal Firm Award by the American Institute of Architects’ Ohio Chapter. The Gold Medal Firm Award is the highest honor of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is awarded to a firm that consistently and over an extended period of time distinguishes itself through excellence in the practice of Architecture.

JBAD, founded by Jonathan Barnes, has led a variety of residential, commercial and institutional architecture projects in the Midwest for more than 22 years. The firm integrates technical expertise and creative design solutions in a multi-disciplinary approach. JBAD is the first Columbus-based recipient of the Gold Medal Firm award in the last five years. They will be acknowledged in a special ceremony on Monday, October 12.

“We are delighted to receive this very prestigious honor. We would like to thank AIA Ohio for the recognition,” said Jonathan Barnes, principal of Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design. “I credit the talent and drive of our entire team who have worked so hard and passionately over the years.”

Jonathan Barnes earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received a degree of Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to forming JBAD he worked on both new construction and renovation projects in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and London, England, as well as on the development of the NBC Tower, one of Chicago’s premier high-rise buildings and the cornerstone of the Cityfront Center Master Plan. Barnes also lived in Milan, Italy, working under the famous Italian architect and designer, Michele De Lucchi, on numerous projects throughout Europe.

Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design is located at 243 N. 5th St. in Columbus, Ohio and on the web at

About Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design 

Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design (JBAD) is a highly acclaimed architectural firm that has been involved in a variety of project types in the Midwest for over 22 years. Formed by Jonathan Barnes in 1993, the Columbus, Ohio-based practice integrates technical expertise and creative design solutions in a multi-disciplinary approach. The work includes residential, commercial and institutional architecture, historic preservation, interior design, furniture design and retail design. To learn more about JBAD, visit