Our Team

Who We Are

3rd story is a passionate and tenacious team from the fields of architecture, interior design, land planning, hospitality, health care, and wellness industries. 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 […]

Director of Business Development

Shelly Lynott is the Director of Business Development for 3rd story. During the last 25 years, she has participated in small startups and turnarounds and has launched a successful online professional and personal coaching business serving individuals all over the […]

Project Manager and Designer

Vincent Gregory is a Project Manager for 3rd story Architecture and Design. Vince is a valuable contributor to 3rd story’s design, construction documentation, and construction observation processes. When not fully engaged in architecture and learning, you can find him cruising […]

Interior Designer

Meghan Hoiness is an Interior Designer for 3rd story Architecture and Design. Meghan is a talented designer and a valuable contributor to 3rd story’s team. An excellent technician, project estimator, and specification writer. She is a gifted creative who produces […]

Project Manager

Tim Swanson is a Project Manager for 3rd story Architecture and Design. Tim is a valuable contributor to 3rd story’s construction documentation and city submittal processes. When not fully engaged in architecture. He and his family enjoy traveling and trying […]



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 Problem Solving 

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 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.