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Nature’s Architect

From Rural Roots to Urban Landscapes, Transforming Communities Through Natural Style

BJ Jones loves to be in nature. Born in Texas and raised in rural Kentucky, BJ spent his time working in tobacco fields, hunting, fishing and playing sports. His passion for the outdoors led him to his career in landscape architecture. He started his company, Ecoland Design Group in 2009. His work and passion are on display all over Dripping Springs, where he lives with his wife, Jaime, daughter, Mila, and son, Beckham. 

“Everyone brings a unique set of skills, experiences and perspectives, but we can find common ground rooted in faith, family and our friendships,” says BJ. “This collective energy and understanding to support one another creates a source of strength and resilience. This is Dripping Springs.”   

Ecoland’s work portfolio stretches from big box retailers like Home Depot and AAA Storage to local family operations such as P. Terry’s and Mighty Fine Burgers. BJ and his team’s newest Dripping Springs projects include Pet Paradise and the development that now houses FUSE workspace. In addition to a growing list of commercial clients, BJ’s passion is working with multifamily communities.

“From designing the pools, outdoor amenity areas, parks and trail systems to preserving large strands of desirable trees with existing site-specific character, I’m so proud of the work we’ve done at the Ridge at Headwaters, Merritt Hill Country and Bunker Ranch,” he says.

Although Ecoland works on a wide variety of projects, BJ maintains a consistent signature style. “I’ve always been a fan of trying to blur indoor and outdoor space by sharing the best of both worlds,” he says. “Biophilic design uses elements of nature in architecture and engineering to improve well-being, health and productivity. This includes natural elements of light and air, sightlines that feature views of nature, and natural patterns in finishes and textures.”

BJ’s work extends to several charitable organizations in Austin and the surrounding areas. “One of our oldest commitments is to the Hill Country Conservancy and Violet Crown project,” he says. “It’s crazy to think that a small grassroots group could put together a continuous trail that when finished will stretch 30 miles from downtown Austin deep into Hays County.” Closer to home, BJ also works with the Willpower Foundation and the Dripping Springs Education Foundation.