Situated in the Sonoran Desert, Peoria is a prime Arizona location known for its stunning scenery and clear skies. To enjoy the environmental beauty to its fullest, homeowners strive to include patios, courtyards, gardens, and pools on their properties and maximize indoor access to every vista, whether their housing style is Mediterranean, Spanish, or contemporary.
The best residential architects in the area are adept at integrating these distinct environmental elements into their innovative design solutions, and the firms in our list have the industry depth to make your dreams a reality.
Kendle Design Collaborative
6115 N. Cattletrack Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Kendle Design Collaborative is passionate about weaving a harmonious tapestry of indoor/outdoor living, as illustrated in the 7,600-square-foot Contour house shown here. The home features sweeping sculptural elements that meld with the desert landscape, blending the two-story curvilinear living space with a courtyard, exterior lounging areas, and a pool terrace. The primary materials include layers of masonry, glass, and metal, with interior wall and floor patterns that reinforce the design’s connection to the adjacent foothills. Projects such as this have garnered the attention of Western Art and Architecture, Phoenix Home and Garden, and Luxe. Under the leadership of Brent Kendle, the company’s works have appeared in books, journals, and exhibits across more than 20 countries. In addition, the firm has received recognition such as the 2017 Platinum Award (Best in American Living), from the National Association of Home Builders, and 2017 Project of the Year, from Professional Builder Magazine Design Awards.
Candelaria Design Associates
6900 E. Camelback Rd., #400, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Candelaria Design Associates has been in the industry for nearly two decades. Since its inception, the company has amplified both its portfolio and clientele base, producing residences that have earned numerous honors for excellence, including the ASID Award, the 2018 LUXE Red Awards, and two more LUXE Red Awards in 2020. In addition, the company has appeared in publications such as the Modern Luxury Magazine, Iconic Life Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden, Luxe, Paradise Valley Lifestyle, Home & Garden, and Highline Autos. The firm is particularly noted for its diverse residences such as the one featured here. This home’s refined floor plan complements the landscaping and offers a variety of luxury amenities, including a swimming pool, fire pit, and multiple spaces for lounging and admiring the panoramic views.
15050 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85260
SpaceLineDesign Architects makes modern living shine. The project featured here includes a ten-foot-high entrance, leading to a formal living room, dining area, and exquisite patios. In addition, the firm provided areas such as a book nook and a stone-wall art gallery overlooking the lush garden and pool. Throughout construction, the firm emphasized both the linear beauty and support of the house, with elements such as concrete fins, roof overhangs, clerestory windows, geometric curves, and insulated exterior walls. Under the leadership of Jeffrey Page and Mahsa Page, the SpaceLineDesign team has earned exceptional industry recognition, with media features in sources that range from Desert Living Magazine and Scottsdale Airpark News to the Turkish magazine Villa Decoración.
POETZL architecture + design
5070 N. 40th St., Ste. 130, Phoenix, AZ 85018
POETZL has worked its magic for an array of projects, including the Mid-Century Redeaux bungalow shown here. The sophisticated floor plan incorporates modern flow, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a blend of natural and interior lighting, with wood furniture that complements the minimalist style and wood ceiling and flooring materials. Outside, a kitchen and swimming pool complete the backyard space. Other outstanding residences in the team’s portfolio range from traditional ranch to Moroccan and Mediterranean designs. The company’s principal, Jon Poetzl, leads the team in producing these gems, and despite its young tenure, the company has quickly expanded its client base, to include boutique commercial properties, all with an eye toward exceptional design.
30600 N. Pima Rd., #91, Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Nationally certified architect James W. Scalise is the lead innovator behind JWSA Studio. With 48 years of experience, JWSA has earned a sparkling reputation as one of the most trusted and respected firms in all of Arizona, and the team carries that experience forward in all its design solutions, gearing each structure toward sustainability. Their thoughtful attention to environmental considerations and each client’s lifestyle brings success at every turn, including with the outstanding home featured below. For this striking modern design, JWSA ensured that the natural scenery was a prominent focal point, with a boulder-edged free-form swimming pool and lavish lounge spaces that blend seamlessly with the surrounding trees and cactuses.
RD Design Team Inc.
60 E. Mitchell Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85012
Dora Castillo and Rafael Castro lead RD Design Team, Inc., a vertically integrated firm offering an array of sustainability-driven design-build services. The pair established the company in 1991, and since that time, the company has produced projects ranging from Spanish and Mexican to boldly contemporary. RD’s standout team continues to expand the portfolio with inspiring designs such as the Stone Mountain residence shown below. The captivating white and gray color schemes of the residence’s exterior provide an inspired contrast to the surrounding scenery and foliage, and the flow continues indoors, with a floor plan imbued with refined simplicity and sleek functionality.