Tucson-based Architects Line and Space Wins 2011 AIA-Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year Award

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge – © Mike Torrey

Architecture firm Line and Space, has been selected as the 2011 Architectural Firm of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award recognizes a firm that has produced distinguished architecture for over ten years, has made significant contributions to the profession and the community, and has transcended local boundaries in making these contributions. Awarded by an out of state jury comprised of architects, the honor was given to Line and Space at the Institute’s Celebrate Architecture Awards Gala held in Phoenix on October 22.

Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center – © Robert Reck

Line and Space was founded in 1978 and focuses on the design and building of innovative and ecologically sound architecture that respects and responds to site conditions. By integrating structure and landscape, their projects encourage and demonstrate notions of environmental stewardship as seen in the award-winning Cesar Chavez Library in Phoenix, University of Poetry Center, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, and the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center outside of Las Vegas.

University of Arizona Poetry Center – © Robert Reck

Having received over 90 awards, Line and Space’s commitment to ecological stewardship and resource conservation has positioned them as leaders in creating inspiring and responsive environmental design. Attracting clients as far away as China, the firm is currently working on commissions in Kunming, Qinzhou, and Shenzhen. The firm’s four principal partners are graduates of the University of Arizona College of Architecture.

Cesar Chavez Library – © Bill Timmerman
Cite: Lopez, Oscar. "Tucson-based Architects Line and Space Wins 2011 AIA-Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year Award" 22 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=180704>
  • Tim

    Yeah, they’re the best in Arizona – which is to say they stepped rather than jumped over a very low bar.

  • Allison

    Meanwhile, I nominate them for the most banal firm name in America. It sounds like a bunch of fratboys in Dockers trying to sound “artistic.” Perfect for Arizona.

  • Shelly

    This “article” sounds like a copy/paste from their firm website.

    This is like Fox News reporting. It’s just lame marketing for some group the author likes.

  • Eliot

    Every article I read on here these days is full of green-tinged comments. Pathetic remarks about firm names? Pretty low. You crazy Americans, I thought New Zealanders were the worst to suffer from tall-poppy syndrome.

    • Tim

      Sarah Palin said criticism of her was just jealousy. So that’s the argument you’re going with?


  • Chris

    They seem to have some interesting projects. And there are some good firms in AZ: Rick Joy, Will Bruder, Wendell Burnette, Richard+Bauer, Jones Studio, Rob Paulus, Ibarra Rosano, Architekton, Circle West… Ok that’s the full lot of them, but they all have good stuff IMO..

    • Tim

      Bruder is a good 2nd tier firm. They’re all fine firms, but the point is that it’s a low bar in my opinion so one has to keep it all in context, especially in an article that’s just copy/paste marketing disguising itself as news. The way this article was written actually says a lot about the firm in my opinion.

      It’s not like competing in a state with a thriving international architecture scene where people are doing really challenging work.

      All these firms are fine, but…

      That’s all.

      • Chris

        Well, I agree to a point – by virtue of population and number of firms alone there are fewer AZ firms to choose from than say CA, true. But I wouldn’t say that AZ firms are inherently second class because there are fewer of them / less competition, etc..

        As for the article, it is a bit conspicuous, especially since there have been a number of their projects on AD recently. But stuff seems to come in waves on here, I remember Chad Oppenheim getting tons of exposure a year ago and now nothing. Fits and starts I think.

        Now South Dakota AIA award…. if it exists.

  • Tim

    I agree that AZ firms aren’t 2nd class due to the fact that the population is less than in other states. I think it’s the culture in AZ that just doesn’t draw as many truly creative innovative people, proportionately speaking. That’s not to say there aren’t any, just that there are very few compared to some other places and those that seem truly creative are more banal than one realizes, simply because they’re being compared to truly banal firms. AZ is too conservative for many of those creative people to feel comfortable there, so they either leave or never show up in the first place.

    Creative intensity isn’t about how large the pool of people is to draw from, it’s about the type of culture. A city as small as Graz, Austria can create an entire movement in architecture simply because culturally it’s at a very high level. And personally I would suggest that it has to be liberal culture, both politically and socially.

    • Joe

      what are you talking about? when talking about the AIA Firm of the year you bring up Graz, Austria. can you give an american city where”most” the truly creative are? SF, NYC , Chicago? austin, portland, seattle, omaha,
      st louis are these places lower or higher then phoenix ? how do you score a culture ? 1-10 or high medium or low. Is it bad to be low? does low stunt or propel a creative reaction ? crap on AZ politics, and the urban planning, but why the architecture and its culture? I think you hint of the low nature of the american west as being bad… but from FLW to Soleri and on to Beadle and Bruder and an artist like Turrell… it is the american west, that helps define these professionals and in turn our culture. where would american architecture be without these people? if a creative can’t feel comfortable/motivated here then where?