Erik Peterson

Erik B. Peterson

AIA, NCARB / Pres­i­dent

“I like to create awe and delight. I always enjoy an element of surprise in the design that the client doesn’t realize until they occupy the space.”

Erik is licensed in Ari­zona, Idaho, Texas, Hawaii, Nevada and Cal­i­for­nia. He also has attained his NCARB cer­ti­fi­ca­tion giv­ing reci­procity for any state license.

Orig­i­nally from the Chicago sub­urbs, Erik received his Bach­e­lor of Archi­tec­ture degree at Iowa State Uni­ver­sity in 1993. He com­pleted his Mas­ters degree at Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity in 1996. Erik was awarded the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects Young Gun Award and was recently named Mas­ter of the South­west by Phoenix Home & Gar­den Mag­a­zine in 2014. He has been named Best Archi­tect from AZ Foothills Mag­a­zine and No. 1 in Book of Lists for Archi­tec­ture Firms by the Phoenix Busi­ness Journal.

Erik founded PHX Archi­tec­ture in 2002, under the name of Peter­son Archi­tec­ture, with an empha­sis on deliv­er­ing excep­tional design with unpar­al­leled client ser­vice. From the begin­ning, Erik has guided the firm to con­tin­ued suc­cess, with numer­ous achieve­ments.

Focused on lifestyle projects includ­ing lux­ury res­i­den­tial, golf club­houses, sig­na­ture resorts and restau­rants, Erik’s projects have won numer­ous indus­try design awards, and his firm is now rec­og­nized through­out the West for qual­ity design.

“I love the look in a clients’ eyes when we present the concept and then they see it in realized form.”

Erik Peterson

Erik’s projects are reg­u­larly fea­tured in pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing Luxe Inte­ri­ors + Design Mag­a­zine, Phoenix Home & Gar­den Mag­a­zine, the Phoenix Busi­ness Jour­nal, and the Ari­zona Repub­lic. The firm was rebranded in 2010 to PHX Archi­tec­ture and broad­ened its diver­sity of projects and staff.

Erik’s men­tors lead him to his later suc­cesses. His first was in Lon­don work­ing for Sir Terry Far­rell Archi­tects. He then moved to Ari­zona gain­ing the highly val­ued intern­ship with Tal­iesin Archi­tects, where he worked on orig­i­nal Frank Lloyd Wright designs includ­ing The Monona Ter­race Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin. He left Tal­iesin to work with Bing Hu AIA, who he became licensed under and even­tu­ally prin­ci­pal of the firm H&S Inter­na­tional, win­ning numer­ous awards for design excellence.

Erik is mar­ried and has two chil­dren. He enjoys travel, clas­si­cal music and opera. His ulti­mate goal is to design opera sets for the great opera houses of the world.

Erik Peterson