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.