CARTER & BURGESS INC.
101 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 3100, Phoenix AZ; 602.252.1200; 6655 Bernuda Dr. Las Vegas NV; 702.983.5400; www.c_b.com
With over 30 locations throughout the country, this 66-year-old firm has grown to one of the most influential firms in the industry. Each market-specific arm of the greater organization responds to local needs with aesthetically conscious and functional buildings-- combining architecture, engineering, management, planning and technology.
CATALYST ARCHITECTURE, LLC
123 E. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ; 928.778.3508; www.CatalystArchitecture.com
A collaboration of two architects who are both LEED accredited and passionate about the environment in which we live. Principal Jeff Zucker, AIA, once built a house for a total of $37.43 and has designed passive solar buildings since 1976; while Principal Matthew Ackerman, AIA is a member of the newly forming Central Arizona Renewable Energy Network (CAZREN), he is the design lead on the new James Learning Center at the Highlands Center for Natural History.
CIRCLE WEST ARCHITECTS, PC
8700 Via De Ventura, Ste. 100 Scottsdale, AZ; 480.607.1000; www.circle-west.net
Circle West Architects is a creatively based, award-winning planning and design firm. They are committed to discerning respect for appropriateness while inspiring design excellence. "Sensual modernism accentuates spatial relationships, natural materials, and light, for a memorable way of living." says Principal Peter M. Koliopoulos, AIA.
1614 E. Cedar St., Tempe, AZ; 480.326.0514; www.colabstudios.com
Architects Matthew and Maria Salengener, AIA, make "thinking out of the box" sound cool again. Their home studio is a case in point: the bedrooms have been moved outside, into "pods" to maximize studio and entertaining space inside the structure. It's these kinds of not-so-ordinary solutions that CoLab is becoming known for, and their particular brand of interdisciplinary passion should bring many fascinating projects to the desert in coming years.
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