Elevated Living


Architecture, Land Planning & Design

3rd Story, a Scottsdale Arizona-based boutique architectural firm with over 40 years of national service, specializes in creative solutions for Land Planning, Hospitality, Mixed-Use Development, and Behavioral Health. Led by Principal Architect Rick Daugherty, we elevate commercial projects, prioritizing financial feasibility and enhancing end users’ experiences. Rick also enjoys designing one to two custom homes annually, collaborating with clients who value unique, functional, and sustainable architecture.

Full-Service Architects


Since 1983, we’ve been hands-on at every construction stage, from conception through completion.  Our vast experience across diverse projects gives us a unique edge, offering insights on costs, challenges, and streamlined project management. With our experience and expertise, your vision will be a successful reality.


In our approach, Architecture and Financial goals are intertwined. We transcend conventional boundaries to shape spaces that not only meet pragmatic targets but also redefine the very essence of visionary architecture, elevating everyday living to an extraordinary experience.


Every project evolves through client goals, budgets, and requirements. With a meticulous focus on detail and unwavering dedication, we infuse unmatched creativity and client-centric programming. This commitment ensures that reasonable timelines and priorities not only align but consistently surpass initial intentions.

Architects based in Arizona

What’s Your Criteria?

We’re dedicated to realizing your vision. Understanding the intricate processes involved, we prioritize clear communication and collaboration. Our proactive approach anticipates challenges, providing solutions from initial sketches to move-in. Our comprehensive end-to-end services, covering site selection to detailing, make us your guide in translating ideas into buildable designs.

Let’s discuss on-site or at the office and explore how we can facilitate your project.




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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