Overview

The Phoenix metropolitan area includes the upscale resort towns of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, so there are ample opportunities for architects and designers to work on high-end and high-concept restaurant projects. There are also a lot of opportunities to make trendy and innovative new spaces out of the old structures in Phoenix’s revitalizing downtown and central neighborhoods. The firms on this list are doing a bit of everything, from making unique restuarants out of a wide variety of old structures, to creating some of the valley’s hippest new hangouts in Scottsdale. Their work has garnered them awards and recognition in the press, in trade magazines, and in architectural competitions.

Top Architects

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triARC Architecture & Design

Architects:
Jill Hamblen
Marlene Seitz

Address:
1934 E. Camelback Road, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Contact:
602-229-1100
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About triARC Architecture & Design

triARC Architecture & Design is a Phoenix-based firm with a diverse portfolio of medical, office, retail, industrial, and restaurant projects around the metro area. The firm was founded in 2006 by Jill Hamblen and Marlene Seitz, two former project heads at the St. Louis-based firm Arcturis. Hamblen has bachelor’s degree in architecture from Drury University in Missouri. She was a project leader for Arcturis for seven years before founding triARC. Seitz has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Ball State University in Indiana, and a master’s degree in architecture from Clemson University in South Carolina. She was a project manager at Arcturis for three years, and she also managed projects for Stein-Cox Group in Phoenix for seven years.

“Projects are our clients’, not ours.  We take their vision, add a whole lot of enthusiasm and deliver beyond their expectations.  We love what we do, and our clients inspire us.” -Jill Hamblen

Featured Projects

Recently, triARC Architecture & Design has worked with the Utah-based restaurant chain Even Stevens Sandwiches. The firm helped the popular sandwich shop, which donates one sandwich for every one purchased, open several locations in the Phoenix metro area. The firm is also active in Phoenix’s busy adaptive reuse scene. In a fantastic example of collaborative re-use, triARC kept a lot of the funky artistic flourishes and folk-architecture elements left behind by former tenants of the downtown Roosevelt Row New American restaurant Bliss/Rebar, including a huge metal buddha face over the entrance and a steel “tree of life” on the patio. triARC tread lightly but indelibly on the space, adding many memorable and elegant touches to make it new, while not completely tearing out what others had done before them.

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FM Group Inc.

Architects:
Michael T. Fries

Awards:
Tempe Environmental Excellence Merit Award for Historic Preservation

Address:
15974 N. 77th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85260

Contact:
602-277-7877
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About FM Group Inc.

FM Group Inc. is a Phoenix-based firm with international reach. Headed by President and founder Michael T. Fries, FM Group has worked on projects in all 50 states and 27 countries. Fries started FM Group in 1995. He has more than 30 years of experience on high-value projects, ranging from large-scale, mixed-used developments to hotels and restaurants. Fries has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Miami University in Ohio, and a master’s in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

Featured Projects

FM Group Inc. designed the casual but sophisticated Lush Burger in North Scottsdale, a hip hangout featuring lots of deep reds, disco-ball hanging lights, a diner-style counter with cowhide seat-backs, and a comfortable and shady patio. The firm has also worked on several foodservice projects for Arizona State University in Tempe, including the Engrained Cafe in the university’s Memorial Union. Winner of the local Environmental Excellence Merit Award for Historic Preservation, the cafe features a host of energy-efficient and environmentally conscious details, including recycled materials used in the countertops and chairs.

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Allen + Philp Partners

Architects:
Kenneth Allen
Mark Philp
Dino Ortis

Address:
7154 E. Stetson Drive, 4th Floor, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Contact:
480-990-2800
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About Allen + Philp Partners

Specializing in restaurants, hotels and resorts, senior living facilities, and residential spaces, Scottsdale-based Allen + Philp has worked with big-name clients such as Ritz Carlton, Marriott International, and Starwood, among others, designing hospitality spaces in Phoenix and internationally in China, Spain, Mexico, and the Bahamas. The firm focuses on using leading-edge technology and brings its full experience and know-how to each project. Principal Kenneth Allen, president and founding partner, graduated from the Arizona State University’s architecture program, where both he and fellow Sun Devil and founding partner Mark Philp serve as guest lecturers and critics. Partner Dino Ortis serves as the firm’s director of operations and has worked in the design industry for more than 30 years. Before joining Allen + Philip he was a principal with Cornoyer-Hendrick Architects for 18 years. The firm has won more than 50 awards for design and worked on the remodel of the iconic midcentury Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

Featured Projects

Allen + Philp worked on the upscale Centro Lounge in Paradise Valley, a mixture of Mediterranean style and futuristic-chic. Among many restaurant projects in Scottsdale, some of them no longer operating, Allen + Philp worked on the old world club-style Upstairs Lounge, with its subdued lighting, leather bar chairs, and dark wood vigas. Other restaurant projects designed by the firm include the wood-and-stone, western-style El Paso BBQ company in Scottsdale, the former elegant and high-style Scottsdale-scene highlight called the Canal Restaurant, the former Hops Bistro & Brewery, and the once-wonderful Trader Vics Restaurant in Scottsdale. Despite not making it in the cut-throat and fickle upscale valley restaurant scene, each of these restaurants had a distinctive style and atmosphere created with creativity and elegance by Allen + Philip.

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PHArchitecture

Architects:
Patrick C. Hayes

Awards:
AZRE Magazine Real Estate Development Awards

Address:
3900 E. Camelback Road #170, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Contact:
602-430-0151
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About PHArchitecture

Architect Patrick C. Hayes opened PHArchitecture in 1999 and has since designed many offices and corporate headquarters in Phoenix, as well as industrial, retail, medical, and restaurant spaces across the valley and elsewhere. Focused on sustainable and LEED design, as well as utilizing technology-based design practices, Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon, and has been recognized as a leading designer with numerous awards. These include AZRE Magazine Real Estate Development Awards for best office project and best redevelopment project. He has also received several honors from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and was named an architect of the year by Arizona Business Magazine.

Featured Projects

Architects and designers from the Phoenix metro area are drawn to the red rocks of Sedona, which is about a two-hour drive from the valley. After all, here is a landscape that begs to be made an integral part of any design. PHArchitecture remodeled the Sedona-based, Sonoran-style Mexican restaurant 89 Agave with a bright primary palette featuring all the crayons in the box, creating a fun and festive atmosphere. But the highlight here is of course the patio overlooking uptown Sedona and the famous red cliffs, and when the sunset plugs in you realize that all the colors in the cantina are also there in the sky and the rocks. The team at PHArchitecture also worked on the fusion restaurant SumoMaya, a Mexican-Asian restaurant in Scottsdale. The warm and inviting space, with its diner-style bar and tree growing in the middle of the dining room, confuses the line between indoor and outdoor beautifully. The design also features elegant wood-strip ceilings, perfect lighting, and gorgeous splashes of green.

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Aline Architecture Concepts

Architects:
Brian Krob
Brian Laubenthal

Awards:
Build Magazine Restaurant Design Award,
Best Hospitality National Design Award by Wayfair,
Scottsdale Spirit Design Award

Address:
7340 E. Main Street, Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Contact:
480-980-9039
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About Aline Architecture . Concepts

Aline Architecture Concepts concentrates on restaurant, hotel, and residential projects, and the firm has designed several excellent and popular spaces in Scottsdale. Principal Brian Krob, a restaurant- and hotel-design specialist, has a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in design from Arizona State University. Principal Brian Laubenthal, whose interests are focused on creating sustainable and healthy spaces for restaurant and commercial clients, has a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in architecture from Arizona State University.

“Our mission is to craft meaningful spaces that inspire people and enhance their environment.” – Brian Laubenthal

Featured Projects

Aline worked with former Major League Baseball player Mark Teahen and his wife Lauren on their Scottsdale-based wine bar, Sorso Wine Room, just one of many restaurant projects the firm has been a part of in the Phoenix metro area. Located in the upscale Scottsdale Quarter development, the wine room offers self-serve wine dispensers. The 2,500-square-foot space has a real indoor-outdoor feel despite the relatively small patio, thanks to a movable facade.

The studio also worked on the Fate Brewing Company project in Scottsdale’s McDowell corridor, turning a old buffet restaurant into a well-lit, attractive, and inviting pizza joint, tasting bar, beer garden, and brewery for a local microbrewer. The concrete and wood space features a large covered pavilion and an indoor-outdoor bar. This project was awarded the Scottsdale Spirit Design Award in 2017. Most recently, the studio finished The Clayton House, a new venue space located near old town Scottsdale.

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RSP Architects

Architects:
Joe Tyndall

Awards:
NAIOP Arizona Interior Architecture Firm of the Year Award

Address:
502 S. College Avenue #203, Tempe, AZ 85281

Contact:
480-889-2000
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About RSP Architects

Based in Minneapolis and with offices in Phoenix, Dallas, and around the world, the international firm RSP has worked on several restaurant projects in the Phoenix metro Area. RSP’s Phoenix office is led by Joe Tyndall, who studied architecture at Arizona State University. The firm has worked on a diverse list of projects for retail, hospitality, and education clients, among others. The firm’s Phoenix office has received an Interior Architecture Firm of the Year Award from NAIOP Arizona.

Featured Projects

RSP Architects has worked on several masterpieces of adaptive reuse in the Phoenix metro area. For one, they took a building that housed a motorcycle shop in the 1950s and turned it into an urban-chic, mixed-use Millennial playground called The Yard, for which the firm also designed the restaurant Culinary Dropout. Working with leading Arizona restaurant developer Fox Restaurant Concepts, RSP kept some of the motorcycle themes in its wonderful designs for the 4,000-square-foot gastropub, which also has more than 3,000 square feet of patio space. Moss-green, medium-dark wood, and industrial metal dominate the large space, which features candelabra-style chandeliers hanging from exposed rafters next to ductwork, and a wide-open plan, with an exposed kitchen and indoor-outdoor details like deep living room couches next to firepits. In another innovative adaptive-reuse project, RSP worked with Z’Tejas Inc. and Scottsdale-based Henrich Design to transform an abandoned Methodist church in Phoenix into the Mexican gastropub Taco Guild. The 4,100-square-foot project reused and repurposed much of the old church, using the pews for banquettes and keeping the stained glass, the entrance, and the heavy wood beams.

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LGE Design Build

Architects:
David E. Sellers

Awards:
NAIOP Retail Project of the Year,
NAIOP Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year,
NAIOP Redevelopment Project of the Year

Address:
740 N. 52nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Contact:
480-966-4001

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About LGE Design Build

A leader in designing and building commercial, retail, office, and restaurant spaces in the Phoenix metro area, LGE Design Build has designed and built some 18M square feet since it opened in 1994. The firm is led by President and CEO David E. Sellers. The company’s design arm, LGE Design group, is headed by Vice President and Principal Vince Dalke. Among many awards over more than 20 years in the Phoenix market, LGE Design Build has been honored numerous times by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), including with awards for Retail Project of the Year, Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year, Redevelopment Project of the Year, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Project of the Year.

Featured Projects

LGE Design Build has worked with the Scottsdale-based restaurant development leader Evening Entertainment Group (EEG) to develop and design several high-concept, trendy and stylish restaurants in Scottsdale’s popular entertainment district. Bottled Blonde, a 9,000-square-foot restaurant and bar, features well-designed outdoor spaces, including a beer garden, an upper-floor patio, and a large outdoor fire pit. LGE also partnered with EEG on Hi Fi Kitchen and Cocktails in Scottsdale, a gorgeous restaurant and bar with a wrap-around patio and some of the best interior design work in the area, with its low, light-blue and black booth seating along the walls, its long wood tables, its large panels of art looking down from above the bar, and an entire wall featuring reclaimed home speakers.

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Ideation Design Group

Architects:
Carl F. Schaffer
Jennifer A. Reynolds

Address:
4885 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Contact:
602-792-1781
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About Ideation Design Group

If you think designing one restaurant seems like a daunting task, try designing five or 10 at a time. Ideation Design Group, experts in foodservice design, create satisfying and comfortable dining experiences for travelers and shoppers, and they work with some of the top companies and brands in the industry. Their primary focus is on designing and implementing restaurants in, among other environments, mall food courts and airports. Led by Principals Carl F. Schaffer and Jennifer A. Reynolds, Ideation opened in Phoenix in 2004 and has since worked with brands such as Sheraton, Pei Wei, and Starbucks. With 35 years in the industry, Schaffer has worked on more 2,000 restaurant projects, and Reynolds has worked in restaurant design for more than 20 years. With a staff of 36, Ideation has designed in 48 states, as well as in China and South America.

Featured Projects

In collaboration with airport foodservice giant HMSHost, Ideation Design Group worked on the transformation of the dining options in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4. Ideation also worked with HMSHost on new retail and restaurant designs for Dallas Love Field Airport and designed the PGA Tour Grill at the San Diego International Airport. Ideation also completely remodeled and reimagined a tired and gaudy food court at Tempe’s Arizona Mills Mall. Working with New Jersey-based restaurant franchiser Villa Enterprises, Ideation created the 13,262-square-foot space called The Food Hall By Villa, a more refined food-court experience than usual, with faux-wood tiles, earthy colors, stone columns, and exposed vigas.

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Hayes Inc. Architecture/Interiors

Architects:
Catherine Hayes

Awards:
AIA Phoenix Home of the Year Award,
Residential Design & Build Magazine Design Excellence Award

Address:
3511 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Contact:
602-840-2553

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About Hayes Inc. Architecture/Interiors

Though Hayes Inc. Architecture/Interiors has experience working with many kinds of projects, from residential and offices to retail and adaptive reuse, the firm is primarily focused on hospitality and restaurant design. The firm seeks to enhance lives, families, and communities by designing inspiring hotels and restaurants. They have worked on famed Phoenix-area resorts like the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and the Hotel Valley Ho. Led by architect Catherine Hayes, the firm’s work has been featured in Luxe, Architectural Digest, and other publications. Hayes Inc. Architecture/Interiors has been honored with an AIA Phoenix Home of the Year Award, a Residential Design & Build Magazine Design Excellence Award, and many other laurels. Hayes attended the L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Versailles, France, and received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Featured Projects

Residents of the Phoenix metro area love to drive about two hours north to enjoy the relatively cool and otherworldly landscapes of Sedona, and valley designers have been putting their stamp on the unique and world-famous resort town for a long time. Hayes Inc. Architecture/Interiors continued this tradition with the amazing upscale restaurant The Hudson, which the firm worked on with Mark and Lisa Shugrue and Executive Chef Jeff Storcz. The “neighborhood restaurant” is popular with locals and tourists alike for its inventive food, colorful and contemporary interiors, and its wonderful patio space with perfect views of those famous red cliffs soaking up sunshine in the near distance. Back in Scottsdale, Hayes Inc. worked with local RIOT Hospitality Group and contractor LGE Design Build on Farm & Craft Scottsdale, a fresh concept in the city’s popular Old Town district. Hayes designed a kind of urban farmhouse, reusing the building’s original framing and opening up the ceilings to expose the joists and ductwork, creating an unfinished, rustic look that’s softened by the stylish hanging wood-beam lighting and the huge photographs of crops and fields adorning the walls.

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Wendell Burnette Architects

Architects:
Wendell Burnette

Awards:
AIA AZ Honor Awards,
AIA AZ Merit Awards

Address:
5102 N. Central Avenue, Suite 5, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Contact:
602-395-1091
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About Wendell Burnette Architects

Wendell Burnette worked with Will Bruder for about a decade and then opened Wendell Burnette Architects in 1996. He attended the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West in the 1980s. From there, he traveled all over the world, discovering new traditions and fresh ideas about design. Burnette has been recognized by the Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and his work and ideas have been exhibited locally at Arizona State University, as well as in New York City and Barcelona, Spain. The firm has been featured in numerous publications, including Dwell, The Phaidon Atlas, and Luxe. An AIA Fellow, Burnette has designed building all over the world, from libraries to resorts and restaurants.

Featured Projects

Wendell Burnette received a prestigious James Beard Award nomination for restaurant design for the St. Francis Restaurant in Phoenix. Working with Chef Aaron Chamberlin, the firm remodeled a 1955 building that once housed the studio of architect Harold Eckman. The restaurant has an inviting indoor-outdoor bar and large glass door facing the street. Wendell Burnette also designed the wonderful SOI 4 Bangkok Eatery, a popular Thai restaurant in the Shops at Gainey Village in Scottsdale. Burnette took an old space in a strip mall and turned it into an exquisite and vaguely exotic aesthetic experience. A modern, open space with lots of sleek surfaces and subdued lighting, the atmosphere is miles away from the ordinary, but not intimidating. The interior benefits from details like the throw-pillows in various pastel colors that line the inside of the big front windows. And of course the patio, which is an absolute must-have in Scottsdale’s crowded upscale dining scene, is welcoming and comfortable.

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