Debartolo Architects


jack debartolo 3 FAIA

Jack DeBartolo 3 FAIA is principal and design leader of debartolo architects, graduated from The University of Arizona and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received honors for his thesis in 1994. For two years DeBartolo worked with innovative desert architect, William Bruder, supporting his firm in making architecture that strives to be timeless and poetic. In 1996, DeBartolo joined his father, together forming the studio of debartolo architects, where for 12 years they collaborated in making ‘significant’ architecture in the academic, religious and residential markets. Dedicated to ‘architectural excellence’, the studio has gained a reputation for creating potent architecture through the innovative use of common materials within the discipline of restraint and simplicity, shaping space with light and material.

Featured in Architecture Magazine, over a decade ago, as one of seven young architects to watch and Dwell Magazine after completion of the Mariposa Residence, DeBartolo's work continues to be recognized in the national and international critical press. Recently featured in Phaidon's Architectural Atlas, the work of the studio reveals a passion in architecture that stems from a deeply rooted desire to bring significance and order into the daily human experience, through innovation in materials, creative shaping of space and powerful use of light. Starting with his Master's Thesis in 1994 addressing the critical nature of ‘sacredness’ in architecture - fundamentally orchestrated by material and light, the work has continued to build upon these principles throughout his career – honed to shape some of the most awarded architecture in the region.

Today, DeBartolo passionately leads a team of designers and architects with energy and experience into the next realm of work. Named the 2012 AIA Arizona Firm of the Year, debartolo architects strives for 'excellence' at every scale, the practice is focused on rigorous sensitivity and rationalism, orchestrating complex sites, programs and challenges with simplicity and order that is specific to place, site and function. In addition to the professional practice, DeBartolo is also leading a new generation of graduate students with his innovative approach to teaching as a Faculty Associate in the architecture program at The Design School, at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. In both 2010 and 2011 DeBartolo led two groups of students to Ethiopia to design a new orphanage and school for two of the poorest communities in Africa.

The work of debartolo architects has been published widely, exhibited locally and internationally. In addition, DeBartolo received the 2013 AIA Arizona Architects Medal for his advancement of the profession of architecture and his outstanding professional achievements and sense of social responsibility. DeBartolo has lectured at the national AIA conference, in Korea and South Africa and continues to lecture at a number of Universities; often speaking about the current work of the practice and their humanitarian design work throughout the world.  In 2016 DeBartolo was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

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jack debartolo jr. FAIA

Jack DeBartolo Jr FAIA (Ohio, 1938) studied architecture at the University of Houston and at Columbia University in New York, receiving the William Kinne Travelling Fellowship for honors in 1963. After working as design principal with Caudill Rowlett Scott [CRS] from 1964 to 1972, In 1973 DeBartolo founded Anderson DeBartolo Pan, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona with two other partners. As founder and design leader, his innovative creativity in campus planning and renowned design intelligence in high-tech research laboratory, educational and healthcare facilities resulted in over $1 billion of award winning, significant built architectural projects throughout the US and abroad. In 1995 with 5 regional offices and 300 plus employees ADP was acquired by an international Architectural/Engineering organization.

Actively involved in the AIA at the national level, DeBartolo was awarded the AIA Western Mountain Region Silver Medal in 1997, recognizing his significant contributions to the institute, the profession and the citizens of the region, transcending the local boundaries in making these contributions. As a fellow (83) in the American Institute of Architects, DeBartolo served as the chair of the jury of fellows, served on the executive committee of the COF and became Chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows in 1997, where he led the most significant architects in the profession, promoting the purposes of the Institute, advancing the profession of architecture, and increasing its service to society. DeBartolo's involvement at the national level of AIA is notable and significant.

In 1996 DeBartolo took a renewed approach to design and formed a new architectural practice with his son. In this creative studio environment, design excellence would be achieved through integrated thinking - where experience, energy and talent are combined with youthful exuberance to distill the essence of the most significant projects and shape them into unique and sensitive architectural solutions that are sympathetic to the client, context and climate. As the founder of debartolo architects, Jack 2 set the studio on a trajectory of success and significance completing over fifteen award winning projects in collaboration with his son and studio. Over the course of his professional life, DeBartolo is responsible for the design of over one hundred buildings gaining national, regional and local design awards. DeBartolo’s work has been published widely in the architectural and design press and he has lectured and served on juries in several cities throughout the United States.

From 2008 to 2017, DeBartolo consulted with a leading Pain Management practice in rethinking their medical office design and patient interaction in the design and construction of over 20 new clinics and ambulatory surgical centers. Today, Jack is selectively involved in projects where his passion and interest unite - continuing to make a significant impact on the spaces and places where he is involved.

tricia m debartolo

Leading the interior design team for debartolo architects, Tricia has been critically involved in the design of VSCO, Roth House, Sigilo, Blokforge and others. She will continue to serve the studio in a part-time capacity with the interior design coordination and leadership.


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