Our Team

Who We Are

3rd story is a passionate and tenacious team from the fields of architecture, interior design, and land planning. With a focus on luxury residential and commercial including: mixed-use, hospitality, healthcare, and wellness. Our diverse staff collectively enables a dynamic and collaborative work environment – one where we are always learning. Together we bring thoughtful, intelligent, and holistic designs to create exciting and memorable places and spaces.  As a team, we enjoy helping people elevate their lives through architecture, interior design, and land planning.

Owner, Architect

Principal Architect (aka ‘Doodle Master’) After a high school trip to Italy sparked Rick’s interest in building design, he graduated from Miami of Ohio with a degree in Environmental Design.  He then moved to Arizona and following a stint working […]



Why Choose 3rd Story?

Our Service

We’ve been joyfully providing solutions for built space since 1983. We value all of our relationships, and as a result, 60% of our work comes from repeat business or referrals.

We are a multi-discipline firm with a unique blend of hospitality, mixed-use, multi-family, and luxury residential experience.


Our mission is to provide an imaginative and holistic design that elevates space and lifestyle while respecting timeline and budget.


We are creatives that never lose sight of the intended function and targeted outcomes.  Our designs are centered on the site location and the individuals who will be using the space.

Design Integrity

We don’t just do the superficial things. Every design crossroad is treated with the same level of importance. No matter if it is a focal point, supporting point or background – we know everything is interrelated.


Our design integrity pledge holds us to deliver one-of-a-kind projects on time and on budget.

Problem Solving 

We are passionate about creative, holistic, and innovative design. Our goal is to give you extraordinary environments that are personally designed for your needs, wants, and desires – so we pull out all the stops to make it happen.

Dedicated To The Project

We are your advocate – our alliance is to your project. We have teamed up with skilled and talented experts who work directly with us, so they’re as personally invested in your project as we are.

Arizona Architects

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.