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Architecture in Arizona – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Feb 12, 2023
Steel and Turf Garden, Tucson
Architect: Prideaux Design
Steel and Turf Garden Tucson Arizona
photo : Fletcher and Co.
Steel and Turf Garden, Tucson
The clients (a middle-aged couple) requested a remodel of their back yard to align the space with their newly remodeled home. They weren’t sure exactly what the space needed but they knew it felt drab and dated. The wife was born and raised in England and thus was hoping for a greener and more colorful garden than is typical for our area.

Oct 27, 2022
Montessori School, Phoenix
Architect: coLAB studio, llc
Montessori School Phoenix Arizona
photo : Tridicat
Montessori School, Phoenix, Arizona
A 5000 sqft Montessori School building with classrooms and staff spaces as an extension to an existing school in Central Phoenix, Arizona.

Sep 5, 2022
McCall’s Magazine ‘Certified’ home, Piestewa Peak
Architect: Koss Design+Build
McCalls Home Renovation Piestewa Peak Arizona
photo : Andrew Jarson
McCalls Home Renovation, Piestewa Peak Arizona
This 1963 midcentury home near Piestewa Peak was originally designed by Architect Fredrick Fleener as a McCall’s Magazine ‘Certified’ home. The original architect worked with 21 women to design a home for the modern 1960’s family. Over the years the home changed hands several times and the original materials and details had been obscured and altered.

Aug 5, 2022
2 Barns Residence, Phoenix
Architect: KOSS design+build
2 Barns Residence Phoenix Arizona
photo : Roehner + Ryan
2 Barns Residence, Phoenix
Located in the Uptown area of Phoenix, the 2 Barns residence is designed as a modern interpretation of 2 classic barn-like forms connected by a glass walkway. Each gable end of the home is clad in a three-dimensional panel system. The project is a high-performance home and is rated as a net-zero residence, creating more energy than it uses.

July 28, 2022
Starlight Residence, Paradise Valley
Architect: SAOTA
Starlight Residence Paradise Valley Arizona
image Courtesy architecture office
Starlight Residence, Paradise Valley
Luxury Home Builder BedBrock Developers of Paradise Valley is Building the Very First SAOTA Residence in Arizona. The 17,000 sqft Home on Camelback Mountain with a Projected Value of Greater Than $50 Million is Already Creating Buzz as a Finalist for the Prestigious 2022 World Architecture Festival.

July 25, 2022
Cedar Street Residence, Tempe
Architect: coLAB studio, llc
Cedar Street Residence Tempe Arizona
photo : Bill Timmerman and Mark Boisclair
Cedar Street Residence, Tempe
The Cedar Street Residence renovation project started with a 1954 bungalow home in Tempe, Arizona. The client’s tight budget necessitated simplicity and efficiency.

Feb 18, 2022
Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library and Main Library renovations, University of Arizona, Tucson
Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
University of Arizona Library Renovations
photo : Chipper Hatter
University of Arizona Library Renovations
Located in the heart of the University of Arizona campus, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library and Main Library renovations are an integral component to the Student Success District, a new ground-breaking addition to the University’s urban fabric. Designed by The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP in association with Poster Mirto McDonald, the library renovations are a part of the larger District estimated to be completed in the fall.

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Arizona Architecture News 2017 – 2021

May 13, 2021
Bulletproof Home, Scottsdale
Bulletproof Home, Scottsdale

July 1, 2020
Jurassic Camp House Design Competition, The Wave, Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness
Archasm Jurassic Camp House Competition 2020
image courtesy of architecture contest organisers
Jurassic Camp House Design Competition in Arizona
The most basic, uncontroversial manifestation of beauty is the beauty of the natural world. Nature is the canvas on which geology, climate, time and science have painted all kinds of vistas and landscapes.

Apr 20, 2019
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center, AZ
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center

Apr 9, 2019
Red Rocks Residence, Phoenix
Architect: The Ranch Mine
Contemporary House in Phoenix Arizona
photography : Roehner + Ryan
Contemporary House in Phoenix
Clinging to the side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, a Spanish Colonial Revival style house has been transformed by this architecture firm a dwelling that creates and elevates a variety of experiences with both the natural and man-made environment.

Oct 30, 2018
Dancing Light House, Paradise Valley
Architect: Kendle Design Collaborative
House in Paradise Valley
photography : Alexander Vertikoff
House in Paradise Valley
Apart from the topography and features of the land, the house also draws inspiration from natural light. Flooding through windows or seeping through narrow openings, Arizona’s sunshine changes the living spaces throughout the day.

Oct 7, 2018
The Little Art Studio, Paradise Valley
Architects: Chen + Suchart Studio, LLC
The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley
photo : WINQUIST PHOTOGRAPHY, Matt Winquist
The Little Art Studio in Paradise Valley
A 1400sqft addition to an existing contemporary stucco and glass residence. The addition of this project to the site provided a backdrop and bookend to an existing desert courtyard and a gathering area surrounding a fire pit.

Jun 18, 2018
Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building at the University of Arizona, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Arizona, USA
Design: CO Architects with Ayers Saint Gross
Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, University of Arizona
photo courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum
Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building at the University of Arizona
The design of the 245,000-GSF Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) at the University of Arizona Phoenix Biomedical Campus is inspired by Arizona’s iconic, majestic mountains and canyons.

Jun 4, 2018
Barrio Historico House, Tucson
Architect: HK Associates
Barrio Historico House in Tucson Arizona
photograph : Bill Timmerman
Contemporary Tucson Home
Located in Tucson’s Barrio Historico, this residence is a modern interpretation of the neighborhood’s traditional courtyard architecture. From the street, the house is anonymous, fitting into the Barrio context with façade proportions and door and window openings in keeping with neighborhood guidelines.

Feb 22, 2018
Home 901, Sabino Springs, Tucson
Design: Kevin B. Howard Architects
Home 901 in Sabino Springs Tucson
photograph : Matt Winquist and Robin Stancliff
Sabino Springs Home
There are only a few instances in an architectural career where a client and an architect’s vision unify into an immaculate and complete expression of art and architecture.

Sep 6 2017
A Modern Mission Style House along the Arizona Canal, Phoenix
Architect: The Ranch Mine
Canal House in Arizona
photograph : Roehner + Ryan
Canal House in Arizona
The central courtyard is anchored by a rusted steel-clad outdoor fireplace that separates the living wing of the house from the sleeping wing. Custom designed steel panels shade the great room doors in the summer with a pattern of the archetypal house form that features prominently on the Canal House elevations.

Jan 30, 2017
Casa Caldera, Patagonia, San Rafael Valley
Architect: DUST
Casa Caldera
photograph : Cade Hayes
New Residence in Patagonia
The off-grid house emerges from the native grasses, Emery Oaks, and open ranges beyond in a simple rectangular form of 18” mass walls constructed of poured lava-crete. The material is comprised of a mixture of pulverized lightweight red scoria, cement, and water, rammed into formwork. These walls create the structure, finish and offer insulation and thermal mass all in one stroke.

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Arizona Architecture News 2011 – 2016

Aug 18, 2016
Beus Center for Law and Society, ASU, Phoenix
Architect: Tomas Rossant of Ennead Architects, with Jones Studio
Beus Center
image courtesy of architects
Beus Center for Law and Society at ASU
The new home of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University: BCLS is poised to transform the law school experience—both in program and design. A new six-story, 280,000-sqft, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Phoenix designed by Tomas Rossant of Ennead Architects, in collaboration with Jones Studio, BCLS was conceived and developed as a uniquely open urban environment where society and the study and practice of law converge.

Nov 4, 2016
Arquideas Design Competition, The Grand Canyon, northern Arizona
Canyon View Accommodation Arizona Architecture Competition
image from architects
Canyon View Accommodation Arizona Architecture Competition
The aim of this competition for architecture students and young architects, Canyon View Accommodation (CaVA) Arizona, is to propose a temporary accommodation space for visitors in such unique and delicate spaces as the Grand Canyon.

Mar 18, 2016
Arizona Center for Law and Society, ASU, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix
Architect: Tomas Rossant of Ennead Architects, with Jones Studio
Arizona Center for Law and Society
image from architects
Arizona Center for Law and Society Building

Dec 30, 2015
Desert Wash in Paradise Valley
Architect: Kendle Design Collaborative Architects
Desert Wash Paradise Valley Arizona
image from architects
Paradise Valley Residence
A unique modern home designed to celebrate nature and desert living. This contemporary home turns “an unwelcome obstacle for traditional residential design, a desert wash which periodically floods throughout the year, into a focal feature of natural beauty that delights and inspires”.

May 29, 2013
Desert Wing, Scottsdale
Architect: Kendle Design Collaborative Architects
Desert Wing Arizona 1
photo from architects
Desert Wing in Arizona
“While much of the surrounding homes echo themes from distant European cultures of centuries past this home speaks to its specific place in the Sonoran Desert. Forms derived not by the constraints of style but by programmatic and climatic forces shape this home.”

Jul 15, 2013
Levin Residence
Design: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Levin Residence
photo : Bill Timmerman
Levin Residence
Three simple volumes hover above the desert, responding to the challenges of the site and to an ethic of building with minimal disruption to the natural environment. The site slopes toward the west into a wash and is split by a smaller tributary valley, splitting the buildable area in half.

May 21, 2013
Tucson Mountain Retreat
Design: DUST Architects
Mountain Retreat Arizona
photo © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
Arizona Mountain Retreat
Elegant rammed earth house for Karen and David Francis whose primary residence is in San Diego. David grew up in Arizona so the Tucson Mountain Retreat and living in the desert are like a homecoming for him.

Apr 24, 2013
The Phoenix House
Design: Messana O’Rorke
The Phoenix House Arizona
image from architect
Contemporary Arizona House
This vast and strikingly beautiful desert landscape is the inspiration for this simple contemporary residential design. The tectonic mechanisms responsible for the landscape, where mountain ranges seem to slide past each other, is emulated by massive parallel walls of the house.

Dec 20, 2012
Phoenix Observation Tower
Design: BIG Architects
Phoenix Observation Tower Arizona
image from architect
Phoenix Observation Tower
Designed as a major attraction for both tourists and locals in the Valley of the Sun: conceived as a reinforced concrete tower topped with an open-air spiral sphere.

Oct 26, 2011
University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson
Design: Line and Space
University of Arizona Poetry Center
photo : Robert Reck
University of Arizona Poetry Center
After nearly 50 years of patiently seeking out every new poetry publication, the University of Arizona amassed one of the finest collections of Contemporary Poetry in America.

Aug 10, 2011
Sunrise Mountain Library
Sunrise Mountain Library Building
image : Bill Timmerman
Sunrise Mountain Library
A replacement for a joint use public library in a high school that had been in existence for over ten years, the new building is a modern full-service regional library with a 100,000-piece collection. The facility utilizes RFID and self-service technology. Sliding glass walls and shelving on wheels allow for expanded programming space but is aesthetically pleasing when not in use.

May 27, 2011
Garcia Residence
Ibarra Rosano Design Architects
Tucson Mountains Residence
picture from architect
Tucson Mountains House
The Garcia site is a steep north-facing slope in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains with commanding views of city lights and the surrounding mountains. Our challenge was to design a structure that would appear to grow out of the rocky desert hillside without dominating the landscape.

May 26, 2011
Cesar Chavez Library, Phoenix
Line and Space with Richard+Bauer
Cesar Chavez Library
image : Bill Timmerman
Cesar Chavez Library
Located in an existing park adjacent to a man-made lake the 25,000 sqft building is designed to serve 40,000 visitors per month within one of the fastest growing areas of Phoenix, the Village of Laveen.

Arizona Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Arizona Buildings, USA. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed Arizona buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the state. The focus is on contemporary buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Major Arizona Building Designs, alphabetical:

Arabian Library, Scottsdale
Design: richärd+bauer
Arabian Library Building
image : Bill Timmerman
Arabian Library

Bradley Residence, Scottsdale
Michael P. Johnson Design Studios
Bradley Residence
image : Bill Timmerman
Bradley Residence – Scottsdale house

Courtyard Residence, Phoenix
blank studio, architects
Phoenix Residence
image : blank studio, Inc.
Arizona Residence

Ellsworth Residence – desert residence
Michael P. Johnson Design Studios
Cave Creek house
photo : Bill Timmerman
Arizona house

Meinel Optical Sciences Building, University of Arizona, Tucson
Meinel Optical Sciences Building University of Arizona
image : Bill Timmerman
Meinel Optical Sciences Building

Suncover Residence – house, Phoenix
blank studio, architects
Suncover Residence
image : blank studio, Inc
Phoenix Residence

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Major Arizona Building Developments, no images, alphabetical:

Cardinals Stadium, Glendale
Peter Eisenman with HOK Sport

Community Centre & Library, Maryvale, Phoenix
Gould Evans Wendell Burnette

Maryvale Community Center, Phoenix

Wendell Burnette
Palo Verde Library, pool, community center, park

Northern Arizona University Advanced Research & Development Facility, Flagstaff
Hopkins Architects

Planar House – Cottle Residence, Paradise Valley

Design: Steven Holl Architects

Quadrant House, Phoenix

Diller + Scofidio

Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, University of Arizona
Gould Evans

Taliesin West, Scottsdale
Frank Lloyd Wright
Link: Taliesin III in Wisconsin

Xeros project – house, Phoenix
blank studio

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Location: Arizona, USA

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Phoenix Building : Maricopa Court Complex

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