Architecture

Ralph Haver home in Tucson

Ralph Haver (AIA) – Tucson’s Mid-Century Modernist Architect for Everyone

This is the next in a series highlighting architects of note, who have worked in the Tucson area. This edition features Ralph Haver, AIA. Ralph Haver (AIA) was born in California and trained as an architect at USC Pasadena.  After serving in the military in WWII, he relocated to Phoenix, AZ to work with his brother …

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Faith Lutheran Church by Art Brown at 5th St and Alvernon

Architect Spotlight: Arthur T. Brown

About Arthur T. Brown Arthur Brown was an influential Architect who moved to Tucson area in 1936 and lived here for several decades. He designed many modern houses, as well as churches and schools, while remaining sensitive to the desert environment. Brown designed the first passive solar school in the country  (Rose School, demolished) in …

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A contemporary home in Oro Valley designed by Kevin Howard

Kevin Howard, Contemporary Tucson Architect

If you’re looking for an architecturally interesting custom home in Tucson, you may be interested in homes designed by Tucson architect Kevin Howard. And if you don’t have the time needed for planning and building a custom home, a resale Kevin Howard designed home might be the perfect fit for you. His well-designed homes can …

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Rob Paulus 18th St Bungalow

Rob Paulus Architects: Green and Modern

If you’re looking for a super cool, modern, eco-friendly home in Tucson look no further than homes designed by Rob Paulus and his architecture firm. Paulus’ team’s work is diverse, from ultra-contemporary lofts, to highly insulated steel structures, and to innovative homes that belong on a cover of a magazine. Rob Paulus Architects, has created …

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Union Bank also designed by Ivan Sarkiss & Associates

Ivan Sarkiss – Architect designed many prominent Tucson buildings

Ivan Sarkiss was an Armenian-born architect who worked in Tucson on residential and commercial projects. Sarkiss and Associates collaborated on many large projects in Tucson, including the Pima Superior County Courthouse (1974), and the Skyline Country Club (1963). Take a look at this round house and garage, both designed by Ivan Sarkiss’ office. Sarkiss and …

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Nicholas Sakellar, FAIA – Architect Spotlight

About Nicholas Sakellar Nicholas Sakellar was a well-known Tucson architect who designed many recognizable buildings in town including the Wilmot Library, Catalina High School, Cholla High School, Arizona Trust Building, and the Tucson House. Nicholas Sakellar was born in Indiana in 1918 to a Greek immigrant family and raised in Ohio. He studied architecture at …

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St Philips in the Hills church designed by Josias Joesler

Tucson’s most well-known architect? Josias Joesler

Joesler and the Murpheys Josias Joesler is arguably the most well-known Tucson architect. Originally from Switzerland and coming to Tucson after living in various cities across Europe and then California, Joesler collaborated with developer John Murphey and his wife Helen on over 400 residential and commercial projects in Tucson from 1927 until his death in …

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Historic Arizona Inn located in Blenman-Elm neighborhood, Tucson

Merritt Starkweather – The architect that designed the Arizona Inn

Merritt Starkweather, FAIA was a well-known, prolific Tucson architect from the 1920s to the 1970s. He designed area schools, (Carrillo, Drachman, Bonillas to name a few) resorts, and homes. Many of his homes can be seen in the El Encanto Estates neighborhood. Merritt Starkweather also designed the well-known, historic Arizona Inn located at 2200 E. …

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Photos from the 2009 Southern Arizona AIA Architecture Tour

Today concluded another great Architecture Tour sponsored by the Southern Arizona AIA Chapter. The annual tour included 6 private residences, one office building, and one commercial space that is currently under construction.  Some were new structures and many were older homes that had square footage added on in an artful way. The tour is a …

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