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Build Direct Magazine: The 15 Best Architects of Phoenix, Arizona

Who are the best architects in Phoenix, AZ? Here are 15 candidates. Vote for your favorites and tell us who we missed in the comments section of this post.


Just across the desert of Paradise Valley, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter retreat and architectural laboratory first made the Phoenix metropolitan area (also known as “the Valley of the Sun”) an architectural destination. Today, the city is full of award-winning architecture, reflecting a range of styles from historic Spanish Colonials and Pueblo Revival to distinctive Desert-Modern.

Who are the 15 best architects of Phoenix? We’ve curated a list of the city’s leading designers, based on their expertise, innovative design solutions, and client satisfaction. Whether they are the head of a large firm or a sole proprietorship, all of these architects have a deep commitment to their craft and community. They are shaping Phoenix, one building at a time. If your favorite architect is listed, don’t forget to vote for them in the poll below! If they aren’t listed, let us know in the comments section.

Mark Candelaria 
In 1999, Mark founded Candelaria Design, and along the way Mark has carefully assembled a team dedicated to his firm’s values. Prior to establishing his own firm, he was one of the founding partners of CCBG Architects. Mark was mentored by the legendary George W. Christensen over an 18 year period – from the time Mark was 22 until Christensen’s retirement. In 2005, Mark was named a Master of the Southwest by Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine.