Impacting Our Community

PHX Architecture believes artists and designers can make a huge difference in their community and want to impact the next generation of architects. It’s an honor to give back.

PHX Archi­tec­ture Sum­mer Camp

PHX Archi­tec­ture holds our annual Sum­mer Camp every June. The camp is open to stu­dents with an inter­est in pur­su­ing Archi­tec­ture in col­lege. Stu­dents who want to learn more about what an archi­tect does and what is involved in their day-​to-​day activ­i­ties are encour­aged to enroll in this fun, edu­ca­tional program.

During the two-week camp, campers will be intro­duced to all the aspects of an archi­tec­tural career. Campers will expe­ri­ence the day-​to-​day activ­i­ties of a work­ing archi­tec­ture office for two weeks, while learn­ing from the archi­tects on staff the dif­fer­ent skills needed for this career. From com­puter pro­grams to actual con­struc­tion site vis­its, this com­pre­hen­sive, hands-on learn­ing expe­ri­ence is exactly what stu­dents need to decide whether a career in architecture is right for them.

The pro­gram includes:
  • Career His­tory

  • Local Archi­tec­ture Tours

  • Space Plan­ning

  • Green Archi­tec­ture

  • Hand Ren­der­ing

  • 3D Mod­el­ing

  • Auto­Cad Drafting

  • Photoshop/​InDesign

  • Project Man­age­ment

  • Busi­ness Strategies

Sum­mer camp atten­dees will observe the team of diversely tal­ented pro­fes­sion­als at PHX Archi­tec­ture as they work on local and regional projects. The two-week pro­gram runs for two weeks every June and includes lunches and a tour of Tal­iesin West, ASU, and a con­struc­tion site visit.

Habitat for Humanity

PHX Archi­tec­ture put on their hard­hats and ham­mered away to build a home for a deserv­ing fam­ily in Tempe with Habi­tat for Human­ity of Cen­tral Arizona.

“We are very excited to sup­port our com­mu­nity, while hav­ing a great team bond­ing expe­ri­ence,” Nikal Conti, Prin­ci­pal of PHX Archi­tec­ture said. As designers, the PHX architects enjoyed the opportunity to leave the office, hit the field, and bring a build­ing to life.

Habi­tat for Human­ity of Cen­tral Ari­zona builds in cities across the Val­ley from Apache Junc­tion to Sur­prise. They pri­mar­ily build sin­gle-fam­ily, detached homes, both on in-​fill prop­er­ties and in com­mu­nity settings.

All Habi­tat for Human­ity homes are between three and five bed­rooms with a min­i­mum of two bath­rooms, and they reflect the style of the neigh­bor­hood in which they are built.

“We are proud to help Habi­tat for Human­ity accom­plish its goal of elim­i­nat­ing over­crowded, sub­stan­dard hous­ing through­out the Val­ley.” Erik Peter­son, Prin­ci­pal of PHX Archi­tec­ture said.

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Operation Fix-It

PHX Archi­tec­ture took a day out of the office to vol­un­teer with the City of Scottsdale’s Oper­a­tion Fix-​It. Michelle Holmes, Pro­gram Man­ager, started Oper­a­tion Fix-​It to help lower-income res­i­dents main­tain their prop­er­ties with tasks such as land­scap­ing, paint­ing, minor repairs, and gen­eral spruc­ing up.

The PHX Team was excited to help Wayne, a Navy veteran who has lived in his home since 1973. Wayne lives with his son in South Scotts­dale. The Team pulled weeds from the front yard and dug out a short trench to level the lawn with the side­walk. We then spread rock through­out the yard and poured rock to cre­ate extra dri­ve­way space. In the backyard, we dismantled a greenhouse and did some gen­eral cleanup. The rose bushes and front yard trees were trimmed, and we planted new flow­ers and plants. Wayne men­tioned his flag had been torn in a recent storm, so we raised a new Amer­i­can flag and gifted Wayne with a Navy flag for his flag­pole. The team cre­ated a paver walk­way from the front porch to the side­walk and we replaced his porch sun­screen so he could sit out­side and enjoy the weather.

Scottsdale’s Mayor Lane visited during our volunteer day to check in on a program he supports, and he got to learn more about Wayne. Despite the heat, it was a fun and ful­fill­ing afternoon! You can help make Oper­a­tion Fix-​It a con­tin­ued suc­cess!

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Festival of Trees

Start­ing with nine-foot-tall trees as blank can­vases, gen­er­ously donated by Ace Hard­ware, the best of the Valley’s inte­rior design­ers spend weeks imag­in­ing com­pletely unique and fes­tive works of art for the pub­lic to bid on for dis­play in their home or busi­ness, or as the bid­der wishes, to be donated to a deserv­ing fam­ily. Trees this year will fea­ture pop­u­lar themes from the past year, includ­ing an inter­pre­ta­tion of Disney’s Frozen, which is sure to spark a bid­ding war among the biggest fans.

“We’ve had three solid, suc­cess­ful years with this event and we’re look­ing for­ward to pro­pelling it for­ward in a big way by part­ner­ing with Scotts­dale Fash­ion Square as our new venue host,” said Steve Schnall, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Devel­op­ment Offi­cer for Phoenix Children’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. “The Fes­ti­val of Trees is an impor­tant part of our fundrais­ing cam­paign as we fin­ish out the year. We invite every­one in the Val­ley to visit the dis­play and see the incred­i­ble work that has been done by these phe­nom­e­nal inte­rior designers.” All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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