It’s no secret that work can get quite stressful, but studies have shown that investing in good office design can alleviate stress and by extension, increase productivity in the workplace. This is why investing in an office space that is both efficient and comfortable is essential when it comes to guaranteeing a good environment where everyone can focus on work.
To help, we’ve gathered a list of the best office architects in Scottsdale, Arizona. The architects on this list were selected on several criteria, including their background, their design process especially concerning the context of Arizona, and their recognition in the business.
1334 East Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85006
For the past 26 years, debartolo architects has been continuously providing award-winning architectural services to a diverse clientele both in the Arizona region and nationwide. Its portfolio is filled with projects that range from small residential projects to large, expansive offices. Regardless of the scope and scale of the project, clients can expect a process that aims to produce a one-of-a-kind spaces that are specific to the place, responsive to function, and sensitive to culture.
Through the years, the studio has received numerous design awards across different categories. Most recently, it was awarded the 2020 Distinctive Architecture Award from AIA Arizona and the 2020 Regional Design Award from the AIA Western Mountain Region. On top of that, the work has also been featured in the pages of InHabitat, ArchDaily, Architizer, DETAILS bimonthly in Seoul, Desert Living, D*LUX magazine in Milan, Italy, GB&D Magazine, and many more.
The studio of debartolo architects has a modern design philosophy, characterized by crisp, clean lines and creative use of natural materials that make an excellent canvas for office space in Arizona. For example, the 4,500-square-foot Fervor Creative project featured below makes excellent use of space and materials to create a refreshing work environment that is both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
464 S. Farmer #101, Tempe, AZ 85281
As a collaborative architecture, planning, and interior design firm, Architekton is one of Arizona’s top architecture firms for a reason. For the last 32 years, it has been combining design talent and great leadership with advanced technology to create impactful designs that are efficient and useful. This effort is led by John Kane, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Doug Brown, AIA, CIS, LEED AP, Tom Reilly, AIA LEED AP, and Michael Rosso.
With a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals at the helm, it’s only natural that much of Architekton’s work is LEED-certified as well with its environmentally-conscious features. On top of that, Architekton is also a multi-awarded firm, with much of its projects on office spaces being showered with well-earned recognition. Most recently, it was awarded the 2020 NAIOP Economic Impact Project of the Year for the Novus Innovation Corridor Phase III project, along with the 2020 NAIOP Office Build-to-Suit Project of the Year for the Helios Education Foundation Campus & Vince Roig Convening Center project.
Pictured here is Architekton’s work on the UEB Builders at Meetinghouse 3080. This 9,822-square-foot project was designed as a Mormon Meetinghouse way back in 1958. It was later designed into an office in the later part of the 1980s and now serves as the new home for UEB. This beautiful office blends both the history of the building as a meetinghouse and the future and identity of the company occupying it now. Currently, elements of steel and glass decorate the space as a reflection of the familiar materials that the craftsmen engage within their line of work, while the wooden details throughout serve as a nod to the rich history of the building.
Cawley Architects, Inc.
730 North 52nd St. Suite 203, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Cawley Architects is an award-winning architecture firm that specializes in design-build architectural services founded by native Arizonan Sherman Cawley, who has been practicing architecture in Phoenix for 40 years. Since his establishment of Cawley Architects, it has quickly become a big name in Arizona, even getting featured in publications like AZ Big Media, Real Estate Daily News, ENR, AZ Business Magazine, and The Business Journals.
Throughout its many decades of service, the firm has designed more than 700 successful projects, many of them bagging prestigious awards that have earned Cawley Architects its position as one of the area’s top firms. It’s even been recognized with the 2019 Ranking Arizona Award for #1 Small Architecture Office, while Sherman Cawley was recognized in the 2019 AZ Big Media Real Estate Architects 2019 and the 2019 People and Projects to Know.
Pictured here is Cawley Architects’ work on the Garmin headquarters in Chandler, Arizona. This 60,000-square-foot office building was a design-build project, created in a contemporary style, that flaunts the company’s identity. It features a two-story glass lobby that mirrors Garmin’s worldwide headquarters, especially with the blue and azure banded glass. Meanwhile, its interior office maximized the use of natural light and contemporary color schemes on the work areas to create a bright and welcoming workplace environment that is a pleasure to work in. On top of these design choices, this building also makes use of photovoltaic solar panels that provide near-net-zero energy use and has helped in earning it a LEED Gold Certification as the NAIOP LEED Project of the Year award for 2014.
1850 North Central Ave. Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Corgan is a leading architecture and design firm that has been in the business for 84 years now. Since its establishment in 1938, it has strived to maintain a strong reputation for its great customer service that places the client’s best interest at the forefront of the design. With that, its design process is founded on research that enhances both the aesthetics and the user experience.
Through the decades, its work has been seen in large publications like Building Design + Construction Magazine, ENR Texas & Louisiana, Mission Critical Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, and many more. A glimpse of Corgan’s office design work is pictured below. The Indeed Regional Office in Scottsdale was completed by Corgan. Corgan worked on the interior renovation of this 52,000-square-foot former shopping mall after the company’s Scottsdale office tripled in size. To capture the spirit and local flair of Arizona, this unique building’s interior is decorated with glass decals and wall graphics that are reminiscent of the surrounding desert in Arizona.
Additionally, warm earth tones and materials were used as a nod to the arid climate. Thanks to the building’s history as a former mall, this office boasts a unique floorplan and large windows that take in abundant natural light to keep the workspaces bright and airy. To provide for the needs of the youthful staff, the office was also designed with amenities like a large cafe that offers beverages and snacks, local beer and cold brew on tap, and even a fitness center that has showers, a wellness room, and a designated meditation room.
Ayers Saint Gross
60 E. Rio Salado Parkway Suite 701, Tempe, AZ 85281
Since 1912, Ayers Saint Gross has been designing environments of enduring value. Much of its work is in the educational field, with many of its projects in colleges, universities, and cultural facilities. As an internationally-recognized, employee-owned firm, its designs — be it in the educational field or the commercial market — are inspired by critical and analytical discourse, a respect for the past, and a mind to the future.
For its exceptional work, it has been recognized with a whole range of awards through the years. Most recently, it was given the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation, or Adaptive Reuse, the AIA National COTE Top Ten, and the Redevelopment Project of the Year from AZ Big Media, all for the Arizona State University Hayden Library Reinvention project.
Above is the firm’s work on the Tempe Arizona Office Interior Architecture project, a loft-style studio that provides an open and flexible work environment that can accommodate 30 architects and planners. They can all enjoy unlimited and unobstructed views of Mill Avenue, downtown Phoenix, and the entire valley through its curving western glass wall that provides the area with amazing natural lighting.
1730 East Northern Ave. Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Founded in 1975, LEA-Architects is a nationally-recognized firm led by father and son owners Lawrence Enyart FAIA and Lance Enyart AIA LEED AP. Its design philosophy focuses on creating designs that are tailored for each client’s individual functional requirements, with thoughtful influences from the surrounding community, site and climatic constraints, sustainability goals, and budgetary limits. Through the help of the firm’s competent team and highly qualified leadership, the firm is able to produce mindful, high-quality designs, some of which are LEED-certified.
When designing spaces, LEA-Architects is highly experienced in the particulars of mixed-use developments like in the Surrano Law Offices project featured here. This contemporary office space takes on an interesting floor plan that maximizes space and makes the entire office area feel much larger than it is with its use of glass and wooden details that tie everything together.
180 Degrees, Inc.
4955 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013
Backed by 21 years of experience, 180 Degrees Design + Build is one of Arizona’s award-winning, architect-led firms that forward innovation and sustainability in its craft. Thanks to its continued commitment to good design, its work has been featured in several large publications such as ArchDaily, ABC15 Arizona, Dwell, AZ Big Media, Biz AZ Magazine, and Builder Magazine.
Leading the business are principals James Trahan AIA, John Anderson AIA, and Troy Vincent AIA. James is a licensed architect in multiple states, including Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Illinois, and is a past recipient of the AIA’s Young Architect Award, and even served as the past president of both the AIA Rio Salado and AIA Arizona. He is joined by John, an active member of the community and previous president of the AIA student chapter at Arizona State University where he currently serves on the board of its School of Architecture student council. Meanwhile, Troy has also served several terms on the AIA Central Chapter’s board of directors and has served as a guest critic on several design awards like the City of Scottsdale environmental design awards, Arizona Masonry Guild regional design awards, and American Society of Landscape Architects state design awards.
Featured here is the Gensler at the Esplanade. This gorgeous office building serves as an eye-catching addition to downtown Phoenix with its unique metal facade. With its bare cement walls to its minimalist metal detailing throughout, this building serves as a testament to the statement “less is more.” 180 Degrees’ architectural talent when it comes to creating efficient yet aesthetically pleasing spaces truly shines in this modern office building.
Orcutt | Winslow
2929 N. Central Ave. 11th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85012
In the last 50 years, Orcutt | Winslow has established a proven track record for excellence in articulating the needs of its clients through innovative, functional, and cost-effective designs in the private and public sectors. It specializes in architectural design, facilitating public input, master planning, sustainable facilities planning, and interior design, particularly in the educational sector.
Thanks to its highly competent staff with LEED Accredited Professionals, it has designed beautiful spaces, some of which are LEED-certified and featured in the likes of AZEdNews, AZ Big Media, AZ Central, Business Wire, Architect Magazine, and Engineering News-Record.
Orcutt | Winslow’s work on office spaces is perfectly exemplified in the firm’s very own workplace. To create a healthy environment that’s conducive for collaboration, hard work, and play for the Orcutt | Winslow’s team, this LEED Gold-certified office was designed to facilitate open, direct communication with its laid-back, minimalist design that has all of the design staff all on one floor where they can collaborate more efficiently. As for its amenities, the lobby already presents such an inviting welcome with its warm and beautiful cafe where guests can relax. Meanwhile, employees can unwind in the office lounge where they can enjoy the comforts of the flat-screen TV, the ping pong table, and the full kitchen.
Aline Architecture Concepts
7340 E. Main St. #210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Founded in 2010, Aline Architecture Concepts is a relatively young firm compared to others on this list. They provide clients with a complete suite of architectural services and create healthy, efficient spaces that are made with renewable materials and intriguing details that make for a modern yet timeless design.
ALINE has completed great work over the years on commercial spaces and for this, they have been awarded the 2020 NEWH Award for Best Hospitality Space, the 2018 and 2021 Wayfair Tastemaker National Award for Best Hospitality Space for the NORI Sushi and Drexyl Restaurant, the 2018 Scottsdale Spirit Award for Goldwater Brewing Co., the Scottsdale Spirit Award for the Fate Brewing Company, and the Build Award for Excellence in Restaurant Design in Arizona. With its extensive experience in designing these large commercial spaces, it has also honed its skill in creating efficient work areas that reflect both the company’s values and enhance user experience.
Featured here is Aline Architecture’s work on Ideas Collide, an office space that has graced the pages of Wayfair for its stunning office design. This dynamic workplace enjoys a kitchen that doubles as a studio production display area and multiple conference rooms with ascending seating and levels of daylight control for different uses. Meanwhile, the thoughtful addition of the full-height glass offices that flank the bullpen workspace makes for a workplace that is conducive to both collaboration and focused work, thus embodying the project’s name of Ideas Collide.
Deutsch Architecture Group
4600 East Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
For the past 41 years, Deutsch Architecture Group has remained committed to its core principles of integrity, competency, and pride. The company’s president, Bernie Deutsch, has been a key player in the architecture scene in Phoenix for 40 years and his extensive experience has helped the firm earn its reputation as a reputable firm that provides excellent client service and great design.
As one of the area’s top firms, it has received several awards over the decades, such as the Spec Industrial Building of the Year from the NAIOP for its Liberty Logistics project, the 1st Place Public Facility award in the education category from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Awards for its Glendale Community College T1 Building, and the IIDA P.R.I.D.E. Award for Aridus Winery. Additionally, its projects have also been featured in some publications like AZ Big Media, ENR, Phoenix Business Journal, Real Estate Daily News, KTAR News, and Firehouse Magazine.
Featured here is the Amazon Routing Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Deutsch Architecture Group designed this 54,730-square-foot office to be an attractive workplace for young, energetic employees with its fun, contemporary design and added amenities. This building has an open floor plan that allows for visual connectivity for both staff and management and makes for a great canvas for the distribution center, the smart workstations, the social spaces, and the admin office.
Phoenix Design One, Inc.
1365 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Phoenix Design One is an outstanding architecture firm that’s been a major player in the architecture scene in the Southwest for the past 38 years. It’s a full-service interior architecture firm that specializes in corporate offices and completes approximately 3 million square feet each year.
Its increasingly diverse portfolio is filled with award-winning work like the Offerpad project that received the 2019 People’s Choice Award from Jill Spaces Showcase, the Estrella Medical Plaza II that earned the firm the Interior Design Architect of the Year from 2018 Best of NAIOP, and the firm itself has also been given an Honorable Mention by the IIDA SW Chapter back in 2018.
Phoenix Design One’s well-thought-out designs for corporate offices are best exemplified by its work with Source, an innovative company focused on renewable water systems. With Source being a company anchored in the natural world, it is essential that its workspace was also reflective of its values. Therefore, the team designed this 24,526-square-foot modern office with a focus on natural materials, connecting it to nature with its neutral palette, use of natural light, and materials like metal, polished concrete, stone, and the added flair of preserved moss to add an organic feel to the place.
2850 E. Camelback Rd. #250, Phoenix, AZ 85016
McCarthy Nordburg is an architectural interior design firm that specializes in creating smart workplaces. Over the last three decades, it has maintained a good reputation both locally and internationally for its good service that clients return to time and again.
With competent and highly experienced leaders at the helm of this business, it’s been recognized with awards like the 2021 #1 RED Office Design Award and the 2018 Clark Griswold Award for the 2018 IIDA Wreath Reveal and has been featured in AZ Big Media and The Business Journal.
The Raw Industrial Corporate Office project featured above serves as a bold example of McCarthy Nordburg’s architecture work. This office, designed for an advertising agency, welcomes people with a grand rolling video behind the custom reception desk that is accented by bright, vibrant colors and natural elements like the steel stairs and the wood slats that decorate the office. This industrial office space embodies the company’s branding with its vibrant and contemporary color scheme. That, combined with its collaborative spaces, makes for a one-of-a-kind studio that is conducive for buzzing creativity.
triARC Architecture & Design
1934 East Camelback Rd. Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85016
For 15 years now, triARC Architecture & Design has offered architecture and interior design services for clients in retail, healthcare, senior living, multi-family, restaurant, and commercial office clients. It was ranked as one of the largest Phoenix area architecture firms in the Phoenix Business Journal back in 2020 and has been featured in AZ Big Media, Uptown Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal, Real Estate Daily News, and AZCentral.
Above is triARC’s work on Pixa, a 6,700-square-foot office space that was designed so that people could walk in and immediately know what the business is all about. Pixa’s branding can be seen throughout the workplace, right from its bold graphical greeting and the entrance of the office paired with a QR code that linked people to the company’s story, to its minimalist yet fun color palette. triARC also had more than a handful of necessary creative workarounds for this project. For starters, to create an open ceiling look without the costs, the team painted the ceiling black and opted for a drop grid design that guides the people’s eyes from the entry to where the employees work. Another cost-effective design choice they made was to paint the door frames silver to create a clean and fresh look without the cost.
FM Solutions, Inc.
4001 North 3rd St. Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85012
FM Solutions is one of Arizona’s top architectural design firms. Backed by 20 years in the business, this full-service firm provides architecture, facility consulting, project management, and furniture services that reduce the total cost of ownership and generate a good return of investment through the years.
The firm is led by owner and president Curtis Slife, an IFMA Fellow and Instructor at ASU who has a background in interior architecture from Kansas State University. He also serves as the State Board Chair and the Co-Founder of Heavy Medals – USGBC AZ Central Branch. With such strong leadership at the helm, FM Solutions has maintained a good reputation for designing efficient and comfortable spaces like the project featured below.
In the Clear Channel Outdoors project, FM Solutions designed its new executive HQ and assisted in the relocation of its existing facility. Even with an expedited schedule, FM Solutions was able to create a lovely 30,000-square-foot office that houses an inviting lobby, board room, executive offices, open and private offices, support spaces, and a break room and lounge where employees can rest. Throughout this project, FM Solutions maintained an open and collaborative process where the team worked closely with the owner, project manager, and building owner to make sure that everything flowed smoothly.