Debartolo Architects


jack debartolo 3 faia

Jack DeBartolo 3 FAIA received his initial training in architecture at the University of Arizona (1992), followed by graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1994).  After two years working with Will Bruder, DeBartolo joined his father to form the studio of debartolo architects in 1996. Licensed in 1999, DeBartolo was awarded the AIA AZ Architects Medal in 2013 and received his Fellowship in 2016.

Featured in Architecture Magazine, nearly twenty years 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.

DeBartolo is also passionate about the intersection between humanitarian architecture and education, as a Faculty Associate in the architecture program at The Design School, at ASU where he was heavily involved from 2006 through 2013. In both 2010 and 2011 DeBartolo led two groups of graduate students to Ethiopia to design a new orphanage and school for two of the poorest communities in Africa. Today DeBartolo teaches a professional practice course to graduate students in Architecture at the ASU Design School.

For over twenty-five years the studio has consistently served a diverse range of clients, earning numerous AIA design awards and selected as the 2012 AIA AZ Firm of the Year. The portfolio of work is a diverse collection that encompasses a range of scales from residential projects, coffee and bicycle shops, to higher education, major church campuses and solar shade pavilions.  Today, DeBartolo continues to lead his studio of designers and architects - serving clients with energy and experience. The collaborative team is focused on building well tuned, highly crafted architecture that is specific to place, responsive to function and sensitive to culture.

michael roth
jeff kershaw
eric huffman
mckenna monheim
tricia m debartolo

Leading the interior design team for debartolo architects, Tricia has been critically involved in the design of VSCO, Roth House, Redemption Gateway Church, and Trinity Capital among others. Tricia continues to serve the studio in a part-time capacity with the interior design coordination and leadership.

jack debartolo jr. faia, emeritus

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 specific projects where his passion and interest unite - continuing to make a significant impact on the spaces and places where he is involved.


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