Desert Architecture and Inspiration: The Tectonics of Water Consciousness

This course focuses on three projects that harvested and utilized rainwater to achieve net-zero potable water use.


Water is precious in the Southwest. Throughout the region, past civilizations manipulated water sources to sustain life. Building for desert-based clients, we have repeatedly found inspiration and tectonic guidance in the celebration of water.

In this course, we’ll share a history of water consciousness in the architecture of Jones Studio. We’ll then focus on three projects that utilized rainwater to achieve net-zero potable water use.


Learning objectives

The learner will be able to:

  • Understand that water harvesting can be integrated seamlessly into architecture.
  • Describe the different water harvesting technologies available.
  • Perform the basic calculations required to properly size a rainwater harvesting tank to offset potable water use in a desert landscape.
  • Communicate to a client the importance and benefits of investing and installing water harvesting systems.
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Brian Farling

    Brian C. Farling


    Principal, Lead Designer, Jones Studio Architects

    Brian C. Farling, RA, Lead Designer, Jones Studio Inc. is originally from Harrisburg Pennsylvania...
  • Edward Jones

    Edward M. Jones


    Principal in Charge of Design, Jones Studio Architects

    Edward (Eddie) Jones, AIA, Principal, Jones Studio Inc. with his business partner and brother Neal...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz