Jackson was born on March 13, 1951, and went on to earn a B.Arch. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1974. Jackson joined the firm where he would spend his career that same year, and became a name partner in 1991. In 2008, Jackson was inducted into the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows. The firm's statement highlighted Jackson's work in education projects, including Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (1987) and the Intelligent Workplace at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (1994). He retired from BCJ in 2013.
“The breadth and complexity of BCJ’s work over the years is a testimony to the skills of Jon Jackson as not only a great individual architect, but of a manager, mentor, motivator, and collaborator," Dick Rittelmann, a co-founder of Burt Hill (acquired by Stantec in 2010) who died in 2015, once said about Jackson, according to BCJ's statement. "Jon has matured from one who creates great architecture to one who creates the environment in which great architecture can occur.”