Arizona has so many famous and amazing architects, some local, and some who have passed by leaving their mark. The most well-known architect in Arizona and throughout the world is Frank Lloyd Wright, his designs are considered art work or livable art. His famous work in Arizona can be seen in Arcadia, Tempe, and the Biltmore. A few of his assistants and apprentices have made names for themselves just by using his name. For more info visit http://www.franklloydwright.org/
A local architect Bennie Gonzalez known for designing most of Scottsdale municipal buildings, hundreds of private homes, and residences throughout Arizona. His distinctive style of southwestern architecture has been widely copied. I am very familiar with his work in southern Arizona the small border town of Nogales, Arizona because I grew up there.
Bennie Gonzalez retired in Nogales, Arizona but like anyone who truly loves what they do could not stay retired for long. He designed his own private residence in Vista De Cielo, several homes nearby in Meadow Hills and Rio Rico, local warehouse, and some of Nogales most iconic buildings such as the VFW, and Nogales-Rochlin Public Library. In my 18 years in Nogales Arizona I visited the public library on the regular, attended many events at the VFW, and passed by many of his home designs in Meadow Hills and Rio Rico. Gonzales died in November 2008. The cause of death was a brain tumor, not Alzheimer’s as many accounts claim according to his wife through the Nogales International. Thanks Bennie Gonzalez you are a true inspiration and thanks for leaving a mark, some of the best work you have ever designed is in Nogales, AZ.
Today the master creations of a Mark Candelaria or Bing Hu are hot commodities and sell quickly for top dollar – many can be seen or found throughout Scottsdale or Paradise Valley. If you are in the market for a Mark Candelaria understand that his designs are very expensive and over the top but well worth it!
You might find an original Alfred Newman Beadle that was designed in 1963, completely rebuild by design and transformed. Taken from its original Al Beadle 1963 mid-century modern and transformed into today’s modern unique ultra-contemporary.
Head off the beaten path and travel upwards to Cave Creek. If you look hard enough you might see a glimpse of Architect Michal Johnson Architect Contemporary Purity with walls of glass sprawled across some of Arizona’s most tranquil desert terrain.
Architecture is amazing, beautiful to look at, and continues to evolve. Some say Architecture is nothing but wasted space. One thing is certain there is no lack of architecture designed homes in Arizona, every house is a little (or a lot) different than the other. So pick up your feet, relax, and enjoy the search.