Known as the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix is renowned for its year-round warm temperatures and luxurious resorts. As the most populous city in Arizona, it is home to an array of impressive structures and iconic buildings, brought to life by the talent and expertise of leading commercial architects in the area. This curated list showcases some of the best firms, selected by our editorial team based on their exceptional portfolios, diverse backgrounds, and unique experiences in shaping the architectural landscape of Phoenix.
180 Degrees Design + Build
4955 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Founded in 2001, 180 Degrees Design + Build lives up to its name by offering a comprehensive design-build approach that streamlines the entire process for homeowners. By keeping everything in-house, the firm eliminates the need to search for additional subcontractors and artisans, making the experience more seamless. With a wide range of specialties, including high-end custom residential design and remodels, commercial design and construction, as well as historic preservation and adaptive reuse work, the firm caters to diverse client needs. These services have led to the creation of countless stunning projects, earning the firm a plethora of awards as well as features in publications such as Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine. It has also secured partnerships with a variety of brands and partners like coLAB Studio, Modern Phoenix, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The firm has been selected by AIA Arizona twice as the Contractor of the Year for 2008 and 2016 and was named the AIA Arizona Firm of the Year in 2022.
Located in Phoenix, the firm’s office is a remnant of the 1940’s urban fabric store and serves as an example of what is possible with a commercial, design + build adaptive reuse project. The firm is committed to sustainability and keeping existing materials is a priority on every project in effort to reduce further contribution to landfill waste and environmental pollution. The firm utilized its in-house wood, steel, and concrete fabrication shop, known as The Guild, to complete much of the building’s transformation.
Deutsch Architecture Group
4600 East Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85018
Based in Phoenix, Deutsch Architecture Group is led by a diverse team of experienced professionals and artisans who are dedicated to the highest standards of craftsmanship and service. On all of its projects, the team adheres to a process that allows it to complete all of its projects on-time and within the agreed-upon budget. This process was the brainchild of the firm’s founder, Bernie Deutsch. Under his leadership, the firm has served both local and national clientele since 1981, emphasizing the importance of a collaborative work environment. This has led the firm to become a trailblazer in the industry, reflected in its achievements such as being featured in Engineering News-Record.
Located in Los Angeles, this chosen project spans over 60,000 square feet. Designed for the Dunn-Edwards Headquarters and Research and Development facility, this LEED-certified tenant improvement tasked the firm with working on its research and product development labs, new private and open offices, and conference rooms and break rooms. Some of the best details that the Deutsch team worked on include the project’s custom pieces, historic photo murals on glass walls, artwork selection, and specialized glass films.
triARC Architecture & Design
1934 East Camelback Rd, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Headquartered in Phoenix, triARC provides its clients with a complete range of architecture and design services. Known for its seamless combination of functionality and aesthetics, the firm has completed over a thousand projects, all rendered in a variety of architectural themes. Leading the firm is its Owner Jill Hamblen, who holds a degree in architecture from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. She first got a glimpse into the architectural industry working on projects that included children’s museums and schools, though she is mostly known today for her commitment to medical and healthcare projects.
Showcased here is a prime example of triARC’s exceptional talent and expertise. The firm completed this remarkable project for Harvest of Scottsdale, covering an expansive area of 6,800 square feet. The scope of the project involved the redesign of the lobby, educational rooms, and the creation of a secure dispensary space. triARC skillfully addressed these challenges, delivering a cohesive and functional environment that meets the specific needs of the client while embodying the firm’s commitment to innovative design solutions.
3824 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Hayes, Inc. is a leading firm specializing in both commercial and residential projects. With its office based in Phoenix, the firm brings over two decades of industry experience to prospective clients. The firm is known for its commitment to timeliness as well as its ability to handle spaces of any size or complexity, providing innovative solutions to enhance environments. Notably, Hayes excels in the repurposing and reutilization of existing spaces, showcasing its expertise in sustainable design practices.
Hayes, Inc. is personally led by its owner and principal, Catherine M. Hayes. Both an architect and an interior designer, she first gained experience working as the commercial project director for Gosnell Development Company. During her seven-year tenure there, she developed resorts, restaurants, and retail projects. Now, she uses that extensive expertise at Hayes, offering clients creative and stunning design solutions on every project the firm completes.
Archicon Architecture & Interiors
5055 E. Washington St, Suite #200, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Archicon is a full-service architecture and interior design firm that has worked across some of Arizona’s best commercial districts and neighborhoods. Known for its hospitality, office, retail, restaurant, and medical projects, the company is the brainchild of its founder and managing partner, Jere Planck. With a degree in architecture from the University of Kentucky, he is registered in an impressive 32 states and directs the firm’s daily business operations.
When it comes to design, the firm’s portfolio showcases a remarkable blend of both modern and traditional aesthetics. Its designs are characterized by sleek finishes and thoughtful touches that enhance the overall aesthetic. The firm is also dedicated to creating functional floor plans that optimize space and cater to the specific needs of its clients. This commitment to both form and function is evident in the firm’s impressive array of work.
Adaptive Architects, Inc.
1630 S. Stapley Drive, #229, Mesa, AZ 85204
Adaptive Architects provides a comprehensive range of architecture services to clients in multiple commercial sectors. Regarded for its consulting work, its services include interior design, energy analysis, strategic planning, real estate and portfolio analysis, and facility assessment work. The firm’s portfolio depicts an extensive range of structures from a variety of market types, including education buildings, civic institutions, recreational facilities, workplace and manufacturing spaces, and retail and senior care projects.
An excellent example of Adaptive Architects’ expertise is the project featured here, a multi-use facility located in Mesa that covers 250 acres. The impressive space encompasses an entertainment district, auto park, major retail shopping district, and office area. Some of its best features include its pedestrian-oriented shops, its wide array of dining options, and its impressive multi-screen theater.