Debartolo Architects


jack debartolo 3 faia

Jack DeBartolo 3 FAIA is an architect known for his passion for bringing significance and order into daily human experiences through innovation in materials, creative shaping of space, and powerful use of light. He received his initial training in architecture at the University of Arizona in 1992, followed by graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. His master's thesis focused on the critical nature of "sacredness" in architecture, particularly orchestrated by material and light.

DeBartolo's work has consistently built upon these principles, shaping some of the most awarded architecture in the American Southwest. After working with Will Bruder for two years, DeBartolo joined his father to form the studio of debartolo architects in 1996. He was licensed in 1999 and was awarded the AIA AZ Architects Medal in 2013, receiving his Fellowship in 2016.

Recognized early in his career as "one of seven young architects to watch" by Architecture Magazine, DeBartolo has been featured in Dwell Magazine for his work on the Mariposa Residence. His work has also been recognized in national and international press, including Phaidon's Architectural Atlas and The Igelsia Project.

DeBartolo is passionate about humanitarian architecture and education. As a Faculty Associate at The Design School at Arizona State University since 2006, he has led graduate students to design a new orphanage and school in Ethiopia. He continues to train future architects by teaching a professional practice course at ASU.

Leading his studio of designers and architects, DeBartolo focuses on building well-tuned, highly crafted architecture specific to place, responsive to function, and sensitive to culture. The studio was named the 2012 AIA AZ Firm of the Year and has developed a diverse portfolio including residential projects, coffee and bicycle shops, higher education facilities, major church campuses, solar shade pavilions, and automotive museums.

michael roth
jeff kershaw
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.


past team members:

Cody Short

MacKenzie Krall 

Mckenna Monheim 

Dillon Smith 

Jakob Klien

Lorenz Müeler

Morgan Pakula

Jerry Park

Bryan White 

Tommy Hancock

Kent McClure 

Alex Therien 

Aaron Taylor

Rob Baker  

Christoph Kaiser

Timothy Smith

Matthew Tzrebiatowski

Mike Pollmann 

Eric Aust

Steve Rouse

Brian Meade

Chris Lasch


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