Donald P. Jacobs, AIA, president of JZMK Partners in Irvine, Calif., and a longtime architect with the Sea Ranch, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects – one of the most prestigious honors in the field of architecture. According to the AIA, elevation to the College of Fellows is awarded to architects who have made contributions of national significance to the profession, and all recipients are selected by the AIA Jury of Fellows. Over his 40-year career, Jacobs has designed several hundred residential and commercial projects and is recognized as one of the nation’s top architects. Many of his projects have received national awards and been published in international architectural books and magazines. Jacobs and JZMK Partners have worked on numerous senior housing projects including Crown Cove, Leihano, and The Jasmine.
Jacobs has been actively involved with the Building Industry Association of Orange County for more than two decades and is also a longtime supporter of HomeAid Orange County and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by that organization. As part of his HomeAid involvement, Jacobs and his firm provided years of architectural design work for the Precious Life shelter in Los Alamitos, Calif., one of HomeAid’s many shelter projects for the transitionally homeless. He currently serves on the board of directors for HomeAid America, the national office for HomeAid, and is an active member of the Senior Housing Council.