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Diane Jacobs

Diane Jacobs – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

The 12 women who made AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list are an extraordinary bunch. While that seems implied in the recognition, it’s something that goes beyond their professional achievements. Many of these women have held minimum wage jobs, slowly working through the ranks to a C-suite. A few have known the struggles of being a single parent and what it’s like to be the only female voice in a boardroom. All of these women are active in their communities and industry organizations. And, all of them are changing the Arizona landscape one deal, drawing and deadline at a time.

Diane Reicher Jacobs, AIA
Holly Street Studio Architects
Years in industry: 26

Diane Reicher Jacobs makes a living out of connecting the dots between project design, outcome and client aspiration. True to the role of an artist, the lines aren’t always straight, and that’s something she’s proud of. The architect, founding principal and community liason for Holly Street Studio Architects was born in New York City, raised in Puerto Rico, educated in Tucson and trained in Boston, as her bio reads. She founded Holly Street Studio in 1999, where her husband joined her three years later.

What is the hardest professional or personal challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?

The hardest professional challenge is changing imbedded perceptions that design innovation is a luxury, when often it is the most important factor in a project’s overall success.

What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?

Growing an organization from the ground up that serves multiple communities, while teaching people from all walks of life about the power of creating place. I also enjoyed serving as 2014 AIA Arizona president.

What is your most memorable deal or project?

Faye Gray Recreation Center. We began with a small budget and ambitious program to serve 100 kids daily. With the neighborhood’s input, we leveraged tight resources and built a point of pride.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Listening to people’s stories and using that input to create spaces that surprise and inspire, as well as mentoring the next generation of architects.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and how did that aspiration affect your career?

I wanted to be an artist, teacher, counselor, political leader and ballet dancer. Seems four of five came true — architects wear many hats.

What is one little-known fact about you?

I’m a certified SCUBA diver. Love the water. Love exploration.

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A Glimpse Into 2013 AIA Arizona Awards Chair Jay Silverberg

Jay Silverberg, AIA
Principal | Design Director with Gensler
2013 AIA Arizona Design Awards Chair

What kind of design trends or innovations did you see in this year’s submissions?
This year’s submissions were highly contextual to our desert environment and regional in their response. Thoughtful use of material, site position and  shade to develop indoor/outdoor programs was very creative. I believe the integration of innovative social and interactive spaces was a predominant theme in a number of the award-winning designs.

In what ways do you think the market affected this year’s designs – for better or worse?
Our challenging economic climate led to a decrease in the number of overall submissions received by the AIA this year. With a limited number of  projects in the market, Arizona architects rose to the challenge to deliver creative solutions for clients, oftentimes within challenging parameters. We saw more projects on the public side versus private, and the market driving design trends including more multi-purpose and flexible spaces, renovations and sustainable solutions to extend the life of existing building assets.

In what way did your Awards Chair role affect how you appraise Gensler’s work?
Gensler as a firm is always pushing the limits of integrating user experience with the built environment. Reviewing the amazing work being done by Arizona architects is truly inspirational; it pushes us to do better work.

Estrella Hall

Arizona Architects Honored at AIA Awards Gala Saturday

The American Institute of Architects Arizona Design Awards recognize excellence in design, planning and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA Arizona architects registered and licensed in Arizona.
The awards honor the highest standards of design in response to user requirements, site, context, climate and environment. Each entry, regardless of size or classification, is judged individually on the basis of total design merit.
Awards are given the categories of honor, merit and citation (in order of importantce). Certificates were presented to award-winning AIA Arizona members at the AIA Arizona Design Awards Gala held Nov. 2 at the AE England Building at Civic Space Park in Phoenix.

The Design Firm of the Year award went to richärd+bauer. It was also a good night for Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, which won two awards — as did SmithGroupJJR.

Below is a full list of design award winners:

Project: Tom’s Thumb Trailhead in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Tom's Thumb Trailhead

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead

Architect: Fucello Architects, LLC
Owner: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Redden Construction Inc.

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead provides access into the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve multi-use trail network leading to the northern mountain tier, which has long been a destination for rock climbers seeking its world-renowned granite crags and notable rock formation. The project site is located at the northern base of the McDowell Mountains amid a sprawling watershed defined by a relentlessly steep undulating topography and numerous desert washes. Minimizing site disturbance and preservation of natural habitat were underlying values for sustainable design.

The facility provides parking for 224 vehicles, interpretive displays, a formal gathering area for educational venues, equestrian access and waterless restrooms. Sustainable design strategies create efficiency, self-sufficiency, and low-maintenance as the site is remote from municipal infrastructure – no water, no sewer, and no electric services. Through responsible environmental planning and design, this project exemplifies a commitment by Scottsdale and its citizens in achieving environmental stewardship. – Tina Litteral, AIA Executive Director

Project: Desert Courtyard House
Architect: Wendell Burnette Architects
Owner: Steve and Beverlyn Elliott
Contractor: The Construction Zone, Ltd.

Desert Courtyard House

Desert Courtyard House

Mass informed how the designers proceeded to give this home its defining qualities — from the courtyard plan to the split-massing and all the way down to the fittings and fixtures that one touches with the hand or the eye. For instance, the millwork is volumetric only revealing contents within when a contoured bronze void is touched with the fingertips allowing the mass to be gently cracked open. Long fissures in the mill-finish steel plate ceiling reveal light while maintaining the quality of nothingness at night. Mass and the improbability of delicacy discovered within it is what gives the Sonoran Desert its remarkable presence. — Tina Litteral, AIA Executive Director

Project: Central Arizona College Maricopa Campus

Central Arizona College

Central Arizona College

Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Owner: Pinal County Community College District
Contractor: CORE Construction

Project: Casa de Nido Ospre

Casa de Nido Ospre

Casa de Nido Ospre

Architect: Jones Studio, Inc.
Owner: Lisa Johnson and Eddie Jones
Contractor: Design and Building Inc.

Project: University of Arizona Health Sciences Education Building

UA Health Services

UA Health Services

Design & Executive Architect: CO Architects
Associate Architect: Ayers Saint Gross
Owner: Arizona Board of Regents & City of Phoenix
Contractor: DPR Construction/Sundt Construction, a Joint Venture

Project: Shade Platform, Maricopa County Security Building Roof Repair/Renovation

Shade Platform

Shade Platform

Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Owner: Maricopa County
Contractor: The Weitz Company

Project: Arizona State University Health Services Building

ASU Health Services

ASU Health Services

Architect: Orcutt|Winslow
Design Architect: Lake Flato
Owner: Arizona State University
Contractor: Okland Construction

Project: Estrella Hall Expansion + Renovation

Estrella Hall

Estrella Hall

Architect: Richärd+Bauer Architecture LLC

Owner: Maricopa County Community College District
Contractor: Okland Construction


Project: Fireside Elementary School

Fireside Elementary School

Fireside Elementary School

Architect:  DLR Group
Owner:  Paradise Valley Unified School District
Contractor:  CORE Construction

Project: Tom’s Thumb Trailhead in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Tom's Thumb Trailhead

Tom’s Thumb Trailhead

Architect: Fucello Architects, LLC
Owner: City of Scottsdale
Contractor: Redden Construction Inc.

Project: Energy Systems Integration Facility

Energy Systems Integration

Energy Systems Integration

Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Owner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Design Build General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction

Mo Stein

Morris "Mo" Stein: Arizona's Homegrown Architect Icon

Recently AIA Arizona’s Director of Communications, Raquel Padilla, and Chairman of the AIA Arizona Communications Committee, Christopher Knorr, AIA, sat down with one of our long time members, Morris “Mo” Stein, FAIA and discussed his successful career and the benefits of being involved with the AIA, and many other organizations.

I recall as we all sat down and began talking with Mr. Stein there was a great look of joy and a calm that came over him as he talked about architecture and the path he had taken to get to where he is today. Growing up a Phoenix native and a graduate of Central High School, Mo was always able to value and appreciate not only what his city had to offer but what the State of Arizona as a whole embodied and could bring to the table for the rest of the world.

Mo was always motivated by the great potential that Phoenix had to offer and saw an even greater area for growth and development as well. Although his initial ambition was never to be an architect, Mo recalls that he always had a knack for sketching, and believes that was what ultimately triggered his mother to feel he would inevitably be an architect. Mo said in our interview that he always knew architecture was the right fit because nothing else seemed to be as “fun” as architecture was for him. For Mo, he truly saw that the greatest benefit of architecture and design was that it is a way to “bring people together”. With this mentality he knew without a doubt that this was the best choice for him.

Morris Stein was licensed to practice architecture by the State of Arizona in 1981. He joined the American Institute of Architects that same year, and has been an active member ever since. After joining the AIA, Mo felt as though his greatest goal and focus was unifying the chapters within the state. He believed that “without unifying them we would be wasting our valuable resources, and to bring our ideas together would only allow us to solve bigger problems.”

Mo has always taken pride in being a strong advocate in the push to make credentials and certifications necessary in order to reinforce the validity of the work Architects do for their clients; he remembered that in the beginning design groups were the only ones that didn’t have credentials.

In 2002, Mo received one of the AIA’s highest honors being named a member of the elite College of Fellows. He was extremely honored to receive this elevation and now takes the time to offer his mentorship to others who are taking the steps to become Fellows. Mo says his best advice for anyone looking to gain Fellowship, is to simply do as you are told, listen to the suggestions that your mentors have to offer, and follow the direction they provide.

Mo has always been heavily involved with his community through both the AIA and his multiple community development efforts; he has worked most recently with the Central Arizona Shelters program, on the AZ homeless shelters campus projects which he said was very fulfilling and a pleasure to be a part of. He has also been a past chairman of the City of Phoenix Planning Commission, and is currently Chairman of the Phoenix Community Alliance.

He credits a large portion of his success in community involvement to the passion he has for bringing people together to solve problems. He feels that architects are trained to solve really complex problems, and that their skills match up very well with community needs, thus making it easier for him to get involved. Mo says he feels that getting involved with things that you are passionate about always makes it easier to stay focused on the task, and in the end, the result is much more rewarding for everyone involved.

He took a large step forward in his mission to help others succeed when he took to the classrooms of Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Excellence in Design and the Arts; Mo believed that this was the best way for him to “be where the action is.” At the university his classes are comprised of a mixture of grad students, both architecture and non- architecture majors.

His students’ main focus is on healing architecture and current health problems. Mr. Stein believes that there are so many opportunities for students today that their possibilities are endless, and with his heavy involvement with the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), it seems to be the perfect topic for Mo to teach.

In 2011, Mo gained yet another honor when he was awarded the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award for Healthcare and Wellness for his outstanding work in the field of Healthcare Architecture. He was thrilled to receive this award because he believes that “people who have designed healing architecture are heroes!” With such a burning desire to be at the forefront of healthcare architecture, Mo finds the only real way to gain a deep understanding of the needs within a healthcare facility is by submerging yourself into that environment. In his opinion, you don’t get to be the best unless you are in the space “lying on the table.”

Mo has said that through it all he found that both the doctors and patients appreciate when designers spend a significant amount of time in their hospitals, because it allowed the designers to gain a deeper understanding of the work necessary within each specific hospital in order to make the most of their personalized needs.

In his newest role as Chairman of the Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA), Mo says that his main goals are fairly simple, and they are to clarify the confusion about the roles for the different groups working in downtown Phoenix, and remind them that though their missions might be different they need to work to deliver one message, “LEAD THE DISTRICT!” He would also like to focus on bringing disfranchised people or groups back to downtown. He understands that “people who know this community will contribute to it.”

With Mo’s heavy involvement in so many organizations throughout the years he has learned what has worked and what simply does not work. But for Mo, remaining focused on the end result has always given him the ability to take with ease the trial and tribulations of all he has learned. For Mo there are two ways to remain successful in the world of organizations and those are by only remaining involved with the things you are passionate about, and always stand for what you believe in especially when it is a tough issue.

Mo said, “Get people excited about tough issues, and once you do there is no stopping you.” He also credits the hard working staff behind the organizations he works with and notes that without them doing what they do daily none of it would be possible. As far as the business world goes, Mo says it is very easy and simply put “Lead your Profession, and enjoy what you do!”

Working Internationally - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

Working Internationally: Designs on the International Market

AIA Arizona members are bringing their skills to the global stage by working internationally.

From Tucson to Phoenix, the rush and excitement of working internationally has hit Arizona architectural firms. With projects in a range of countries from China to France, AIA Arizona  members are bursting upon the global scene and blazing a trail of innovation and expertise in a once untapped market.

The following firms, with niche expertise and wide reaching diversification, are some of the ones to watch.

Vision at Orcutt|Winslow

Working Internationally - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011Vision and high-tech presentation made the difference for architects at Orcutt|Winslow. Though they were able to make initial contact with investors in India, through personal contacts, Vispi Karanjia explains that it was their renderings and video that set them apart from their competitors.

“When proposing this project we went over and above what the client was expecting and that is what gave us the success,”  Karanjia says.

There are two reasons that Karanjia says he believes American companies, specifically Orcutt|Winslow, can be successful in countries such as India.

One is vision and the ability to present that vision expertly. One visit to Orcutt|Winslow’s website will allow you to see that vision in the stunning video that highlights the Sahana Pride at Sion project the firm currently is taking from vision to reality. This high-rise luxury residential building is currently in the works and will meet the needs of India’s growing economy.

The second reason Karanjia gives for success in the international market is the growing need for countries such as India, China and even Brazil.

“As the people are exposed to a rise in disposable income and success they have a increased need and desire for a better lifestyle, better housing and infrastructure,” Karanjia says.

This is where companies such as Orcutt|Winslow can find opportunities. Karanjia explains that though Mumbai has a need for more building, sometimes it is difficult to find architects who are not generalized in India.

“Our company offers expertise and specialization that is sometimes hard to find,”  he says. Which is what opens the door to the International arena.

Building Bridges

For Eddie Jones, principal, at Jones Studio, working internationally is more about getting “a much better perspective of what we all share.”  For his firm and its projects in China and on our own border with Mexico, the opportunity to work internationally is an opportunity to embrace a philosophy of respect for the “dignity of everyone.”

A major border project, the Mariposa Land Port of Entry, is an effort by Jones Studio to build a bridge in international commerce. An area of contention in Arizona and one that has a huge impact on both international relations and homeland security, the Mariposa Land Port of Entry is an international project that poses more challenges than most.

Jones asserts that his studio endeavored to create a welcoming space that minimizes fear and apprehension. In an area that is surrounded by desolation, Jones Studio created a garden of respite.

Jones Studio is committed to creating spaces that people can both live in efficiently and enjoy. The studio’s dedication to opening communication lines across political boundaries is true to a global mindset. Something that is surely needed as the world becomes smaller and communication becomes pivotal to the future of the U.S. economy.

Scientific Expertise

In the arenas of forensic science and laboratory research, the design team at SmithGroup is a leader in architectural innovation.  International governments and universities alike seek the expertise of SmithGroup’s Arizona office to design high quality research labs.

“The international community looks to us as global experts in forensic and medical laboratory design,” explains SmithGroup’s Arizona leader, Mike Medici.

In a stunning effort, SmithGroup designed the largest forensic science facility in the world in Toronto. International governments are beginning to look to emulate the forensic science standards found in the U.S. and SmithGroup is on the cutting edge of such design, poised to take the lead in this growing market.

In addition to the forensic science laboratories, medical facilities and university research labs are at the top of SmithGroup’s international projects list. At Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, the firm is designing a digital research facility and the university’s first science and tech lab for marine biology.

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Read about AIA’s Sharing Success here.


AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

AIA Arizona - AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

AIA Arizona: Sharing Success

AIA Arizona members thriving and forging ahead with diverse projects.

Despite tough economic times, there are innovative architectural firms and members of AIA Arizona that are thriving and pushing ahead in a shallow market pool. There are many reasons these firms are doing well, some of which may be surprising.

Open to Risk and Flexibility

One thing most successful firms can agree upon is that being open to taking risks with both design and in diverse markets, is a major key to staying busy in a slow economy. Kim Fernandez of ABA-Architects details that, “you have to be a risk taker and push for the growth of the firm.”

Additionally, Eddie Jones of Jones Studio asserts that his firm’s success comes from being open to new opportunities when they present themselves and successful firms a have a sort of “fearlessness,” in accepting diverse projects. Andrew McCance of Andrew A McCance, Architect took the biggest risk when he went out on his own three years ago.

“I started my company on my own three years ago and I am still here and working,” he says. The risk takers in architecture seem to be those who are leading the way in success during this tough economy.

In addition to taking risks, firms must be flexible with how they approach business. Those who are flexible are often able to maneuver into an optimal and timely position.

Mike Medici of SmithGroup explains that one way his firm is staying successful is by being at the right place in the market at the right time. Fernandez has also found that a need to tap markets her firm  would not have gone to in the past is important. She asserts that firms really need to go for the work and expand their circle.

ABA-Architects in Tucson has ventured to Arizona’s neighbor, New Mexico, to find some success in the Southwest part of that state. The DLR Group is finding flexibility in staffing by being able to utilize its Arizona talent pool to balance with its national offices in a work share agreement.

Tom O’Neil, principal at DLR Group says, “This way we can keep talented people and keep tax-paying employees in Arizona.” This flexibility has proven lucrative for firms proving that flowing with the market can provide success even when that market is flowing a bit slower than the industry would like.


A major driving force in finding new business opportunities is sustainability. With the Architect 2030 initiative, which challenges the building community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2030, as a guide, many firms are striving toward green building practices as never before.

“Sustainability is a driving force with government and university projects because they are looking at usable facilities for long stretches of time,” Medici explains. “Thirty or 50 years into the future they want to still be able to utilize their space efficiently.”

SmithGroup’s work with the University of Hawaii at Hilo proves this dedication with a design that integrates harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Another design firm driven by the 2030 initiative is DLR Group. O’Neil explains that “energy modeling” is paramount in sustainability helping drive new business and cut costs for clients.

Fernandez has also found that federal projects are one of the leading sources for her firm’s project proposals. These projects require builders to use sustainable practices and track those practices clearly. Additionally, Henry Tom with Line and Space tells of how its work with the San Diego National Wildlife Preserve (above) pushes the team to hold to its role as a leader in “resource-conserving design.”

He explains that much of its work puts the firm in contact with environmentalists who are working to preserve those areas and want their architecture to do the same.  The DLR Group’s Arizona office is in the building stages of a “near NetZero” elementary school in Paradise Valley, which is utilizing not only less energy but is striving toward sustainability with rainwater collection initiatives and other innovative strategies.

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AZRE Magazine November/December 2011


2011 AIA Arizona Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects Arizona Design Awards recognize excellence in design, planning, and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA Arizona architects registered and licensed in Arizona.

The Design Awards honor the highest standards of design in response to user requirements, site, context, climate, and environment. Each entry, regardless of size or classification, is judged individually on the basis of total design merit.

Awards are given the categories of honor, merit, and citation (in order of importance). Certificates were presented to award-winning AIA Arizona members at the 2011 Celebrate Architecture Awards Presentation held Oct. 22 at the Phoenix Zoo.

2502 N. 1st Avenue

2502 N. 1st Avenue - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: repp design + construction

Contractor: repp design + construction

The goals of the project were to adapt a 30-year-old retail space for use as a commercial office while simultaneously respecting the project budget and larger goals for sustainability: including natural day-lighting, water and electric conservation, and durability. The primary challenge was the west façade and main entry. The existing building did not successfully address the undesirable solar heat gain and glare, the adjacent road noise, or the poor vehicular/pedestrian separation at the entry. The renovation introduces a custom steel structure and façade that achieves the reduction of solar heat gain and glare, introduces a new entry sequence that includes a landscaped courtyard, and provides a unique identifying feature for the building and its occupants. The metal structure supports new solar panels that provide power for the building and screens new water harvesting cisterns.

Whispering Hope Ranch

Whispering Hope Ranch - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation

Architect: Studio Ma

Contractor: The Weitz Company

Whispering Hope Ranch is a camp for children with special medical needs located in a ponderosa pine forest just below the Mogollon Rim. With its streams, meadows and views, the Ranch provides a welcome respite from Phoenix’s extreme summer heat. An extensive path system connects the many features of the 45-acre site allowing children to wander freely and to have therapeutic interactions with the rescued animals that reside there. The site posed many challenges, including poor soils and excessive slopes. The combination of strong sunlight and summer monsoon rains also had to be considered. The program includes a dining hall, administration offices, single and double cabins and an infirmary. The camp’s many structures are organized through the sloping shed/butterfly roof motif, which provide large porches for camp activities. Natural materials are used throughout.

Arizona Science Center

AZ Science Center - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: City of Phoenix

Architect: Architekton

Contractor: Brycon Construction

Designed by a critically acclaimed architect in 1995, the Arizona Science Center remains an exciting cultural destination. Its success overwhelmed the outdoor entry court with more than 1,200 visitors per day, often queuing in the severe Phoenix heat. This project introduced a new entry that created a more comfortable experience for those in line and enhanced the functionality of the lobby. The design solution was to float a “cloud” over the existing circulation path from the upper entrance level to the below grade admissions courtyard. The zinc-clad element reconciles with the original architect’s concrete and metal-clad building forms, becoming a new, appropriate object in the landscape. The resulting assemblage creates a natural extension of the building composition to the east and south.

Cedar Street Residence 2010

Cedar Street - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: Matthew & Maria Salenger

Architect: colab studio, llc

Contractor: Build, Inc.

At this renovation of a 1954 bungalow in Tempe, a tight budget necessitated simplicity and efficiency: a large central courtyard; a flexible, transformable house. The existing house was gutted. Three new walls were positioned. Four mobile wardrobes were added, each with a built-in door. Bedrooms may be created or taken away as needed. Re-used steel frames and decking create new a entry and patios.

The addition: Mobile millwork separates the great room from the studio. When entertaining, the millwork moves east to create a 1,000 SF dining/living space. If the studio grows, the millwork moves west. Multiple locations for power/data/speaker connections in the floor for millwork placement. All spaces view into the courtyard that is surrounded by translucent, reflective glass.

Sunnyslope Sustainable

Sunnyslope - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: Marlene Imirzian & Associates LLC, Architects

Architect: Marlene Imirzian & Associates LLC, Architects

Contractor: Marlene Imirzian & Associates LLC, Architects

This project highlights sustainable, adaptive re-use of a modest 1950s office building in north central Phoenix. Located on Central Avenue, the project transforms what was a stark, heat-generating site and building into a cool, multi-layered oasis that buffers the building from the movement and noise of the street. Through natural, sustainable intervention, it has established identity and place in the urban environment. The strategies utilized are designed to rejuvenate the building and site, improve the surrounding urban setting, and reduce any negative impact on the environment. The project establishes the importance of designing sustainable and beautiful solutions for the small urban lot that pervades the Phoenix area that if duplicated would substantially improve the city.

Diamond Head Mountain House

Diamond Head - Arizona Design Awards

Architect: Rob Paulus Architects Ltd.

Construction Management: Rob Paulus Architects Ltd

This house for an astronomer in the Tucson Mountains takes full advantage of its sloping site to create a dramatic living arrangement in a harsh, yet beautiful environment. Working with a minimal footprint, the stacked scheme utilizes strategic view openings as well as a vertical progression of spaces to proceed from enclosed and earthbound to lofty and skyward. An observatory on top of the hill with remote viewing from inside the house completes the scheme. Passive solar orientation creates large openings to north views with shaded glazing at south vistas that include Kitt Peak and the Tucson Mountains. Operational shade panels control morning sunlight at the lower and upper floor east bedrooms, while a small western aperture frames the colorful sunsets prominent in the Southwest. Simple geometries and rusted corrugated metal contrast with the varied color and textures of the Sonoran Desert.

990 Offices

990 Offices - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: Randi Dorman + Rob Paulus

Architect: Rob Paulus Architects Ltd.

Contractor: Mega Trend Construction

The design of the 990 Offices transforms a 30-year-old auto repair shop into multi-tenant professional office space. Registered for LEED certification, it employs passive solar orientation, a heavily insulated enclosure system, efficient daylighting strategies and a new aluminum rain screen to create an efficient and inspiring work environment. Additionally, 3,000 gallons of underground rainwater catchment actively irrigate landscaping and 400 SF of raised bed organic garden. Inside, an undulating wood ceiling, resembling the form of a violin, provides spatial interest and acoustic relief.  Lush Sonoran Desert planting, fractured rock from another project excavation and a re-purposed jet cowling sculpture enliven the outdoor spaces to create an oasis with shade and plant color. The building plays off its industrial and residential neighbors in proportion and materiality, including nearby residential adaptive-reuse and urban infill projects. 990 Offices completes the block with complementary design and a common sensitivity to smart urban development.

Nursing & Exercise Science Building at Mesa CC

Mesa Community College Nursing - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: Maricopa County Community College District

Architect: SmithGroup

Contractor: McGough Construction

This project aims to honor an existing 1960s structure and its impressive “bones” by exposing the existing concrete waffle roof structure throughout the interior and wrapping the exterior on two sides with additional program. The new wrap respects the latest contemporary facilities on campus while not overpowering the original. The bisecting “interior mall” celebrates instruction through transparency and honors the old and the new coming together, harvesting diffused natural light as the new structure hovers over the pedestrian walkway. The tilting of the metal volume creates a small sliver of daylight glazing and view of the sky for the classrooms along the project’s south and east facades. The construction of the new building is resolved as an exposed steel frame clad with familiar campus materials.

Urban In-Fill

Urban InFill - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: Andy Byrnes, AIA

Architect: the construction zone ltd

Contractor: the construction zone ltd

An urban infill project in Phoenix adjacent to a major freeway, its linear configuration maximizes the buildable area and parking while shading the site with the structure. The planning and layout allows for an open and flowing work environment for the company that occupies the space. The building is an honest expression of the materials and systems used to define the structure. The project is an investigation of how materials interact. It is the execution of these connections that make the architecture. Materials are used honestly with minimal finish or adornment. The appropriate use of a material maximizes the value added by reducing waste, increasing construction productivity, and allowing for the finest craftsmanship possible. The goal was to blur the separation between conceptualizing and building sustainable architecture.

Rio Salado Audubon Center

Rio Salado Audubon - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: National Audubon Society/City of Phoenix

Architect: Weddle Gilmore

Contractor: Okland Construction

The riparian habitat restoration of the Rio Salado is the result of a $100M investment by the City of Phoenix and the Army Corps of Engineers to transform the dry river bed that had become an urban scar. The Center is the focus of this habitat restoration and is strategically located in the multi-cultural heart of the city. It strives to reach urban children, educating a new generation of conservationists and supporting the growth of a conservation ethic. The Rio Salado Audubon Center has received LEED Platinum certification.

ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation Phase 2

ASU Nursing - Arizona Design Awards

Owner: City of Phoenix

Architect: SmithGroup

Contractor: DPR Construction

The rapid growth of ASU and the birth of its new downtown Phoenix campus create a special architectural and urban opportunity. A collection of two existing buildings and three newly constructed facilities thread together a cohesive and identifiable campus environment and identity. This compact, five-story building serves both as primary gateway on the campus’ marquee corner and is home to the largest nursing program in the U.S. The design delicately balances the dreams of the ultimate three-headed client. As owner, the City of Phoenix required an urban building that would aid the lack of an urban feel and shade in its downtown core. ASU required an elegant icon on a tight budget. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation desperately needed a new home, but didn’t want to lose its identity along the way.

AZRE Magazine Digital Issue

AZRE Magazine November/December 2011

AZRE Magazine November/December 2011:

Grand Designs

This issue, find out how AIA Arizona Members are bringing their skills to the global issue. Plus, the Arizona Commerce Authority is 1-year old; how are they making a difference? And as part of our centennial series, take a look at some architectural achievements that have graced Arizona’s diverse landscape. Also, AIA-Arizona members are bringing their skills to the global stage, and our special section covers BOMA, Building Owners & Managers Association, which discusses its mentoring program for young professionals, as well as the TOBY Awards 2011, and much more.

Take it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.

White House Goes Green

Green News Roundup – White House Goes Green, Eco Month & More

Welcome to the second installment of our weekly green news roundup. This week we’ve gathered stories about Eco Month, the Sustainability Consortium, solar windows and more. Feel free to send along any stories you’d like to share by e-mailing me at kasia@azbigmedia.com

Also visit AZ Green Scene for informative articles focusing on sustainability endeavors in the Valley and state.

2010 Southwest Build-it-Green Expo & Conference
The second annual Southwest Build-it-Green Expo & Conference is just around the corner, taking place March 18th-20th at the South Building in the Phoenix Convention Center. The expo will feature more than 200 exhibitors featuring the latest in green design, architecture, green products and more. Also, learn more about sustainability from the 2010 conference speakers by registering for sessions here.

2010 AIA Arizona Eco Month
March is Eco Month for AIA Arizona, and they are heading up lots of related events, including a Green Shopping Tour at Phoenix Public Market March 20. Read the AIA’s 20 steps to shopping green in a pdf here and e-mail Diana Smith at diana@aia-arizona.org to RSVP for Eco Month events.

Grocery Retailer Adds Force to ASU’s Green Efforts
Safeway is the first U.S.-based retail grocery chain to join the Sustainability Consortium, administered by ASU and the University of Arkansas. Safeway plans to use the data from the consortium’s Life Cycle Assessment, which analyzes emissions, waste and the natural resources used in food and non-food items, to create its supply chain sustainability policy.

New Solar Windows Appear Blinged Out
A research consortium wants us to stop wasting energy with plain glass windows on office buildings – they’re designing a prototype for solar windows! It only makes sense to utilize the large surface area of the sides of buildings instead of only the roofs. An additional perk? The solar windows would prevent the glare during morning and evening hours, providing natural light all day long without having to draw the blinds!

White House Replaces Bush-Era Cups
This week, even the White House is going green with brand new, eco-friendly hot beverage cups. Twelve percent of the cup and 99 percent of the interior liner are made from post-consumer recycled content. If only they’d tell us where they got them!

Canada vs. USA Final Made Power Consumption Jump by Around 600 Megawatts in Ontario
Are major sporting events bad for the environment? Apparently so. Ontario experienced a major power consumption jump during the Olympic hockey gold medal showdown as everyone turned on their televisions to watch.