Elevated Living



Welcome to 3rd story.  We are an Arizona Architecture, Interior Design and Land Planning firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona with a focus on increasing the quality of life through creative design, the functionality of place, space, and brand experience. Led by our Principal Architect, Rick Daugherty, we provide imaginative, holistic, and technical design solutions.

Professional Architects & Designers


Since 1983, we have participated and contributed in all phases of construction – from conception through completion. Our first- hand knowledge of hundreds of different construction sites, materials, and methodologies have resulted in keen insights into costs, risks, challenges, and project management balance – experience and expertise that contributes to the successful completion of your project.


We don’t see a division between Architecture, Interior Design, and Financial targets -they are far too integrated to be separated. To create beautiful and useful environments, we believe it is essential that one must maintain a central vision. We blend function requirements, physical constraints, design, and building performance objectives that achieve targeted outcomes and elevate living.


No matter the size and scale, commercial or residential – every client, project, site, vision, budget, and dreams are unique. Each requires the identification and coordination of thousands of details and a tenacious commitment to bring them all together. We promise to be steadfast in creative excellence and client-focused project management to deliver extraordinary places and spaces that exceed your expectations.

Interior Designers and Architects in the Greater Phoenix Area

We are here to assist you in turning your residential or commercial project into reality. We understand the processes and complexities involved. We see the big picture and know how to collaborate and communicate effectively with the team – this allows us to be forward-thinking, solution-oriented, problem-solving, and imaginative. We provide guidance that builds confidence, reduces your risks and provides creative excellence that expresses your design into build-able construction documents and effective design imagery. Depending on your need, we can also facilitate the entire project –from inception, best building site evaluation, distinctive architecture, construction documentation, interior design, project observation, and move in.

If you have a dream, concept or specific project that requires the expertise of an architect, interior designer or land planner, please give us a call. We are happy to meet with you at your site or office to explore how we can facilitate your project. We look forward to meeting you!




Best Restaurant Architect

Listed by GC Magazine as one of the best Restaurant Architects in Scottsdale, Arizona

Best Architects in Scottdale, AZ

We are honored to be recognized as Best Architects in Scottdale, AZ

Best New Restaurant Design

We are honored to be recognized as Best new restaurant design 2018 for Fat Ox

Top Interior Design Firm

We are honored to be recognized as Top Interior Design Firm 2017 & 2018

Best Architects in Phoenix

Thank you for rating us as one of the Best Architects in Phoenix for 2019.

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