In The Community 2017

December 27, 2017 by PHX Architecture
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The PHX Team had the opportunity to give back to the community this year and will continue to get involved in 2018.  Here are some highlights from the past year:

PHX Architecture’s Maurita Harris-Walker is an avid volunteer of community student program, AZ Kids Build. The program helps kids understand how the built environment affects their well-being and the world. Maurita recently attended a Build event as a mentor at the Washington Activity Center. The program incorporates math, science, art, communication and language skills to teach students about structures they interact with every day, how the students feel about them, and how to improve them.

AZ Kids build holds architecture camps throughout the Valley and educational model-building workshops. To sign-up for future mentoring events, visit their mentor page here!

To learn more about AZ Kids Build, visit their Facebook page here and their website here!

Our 9th Annual Architecture Summer Camp was a huge success. Our campers attended two weeks of courses taught by staff members and consultants and also visited job sites, Taliesin, our friends at CyberTech, and a newly completed home. They then applied what they learned to a final project.

For their final projects, our students were tasked with creating a sustainable bus stop which also had the element of being a homeless shelter. Students then presented their designs in front of staff and family members. We discussed location of the shelter, materials used, and their motivation behind their designs and then opened the floor for questions and comments. The PHX staff was truly impressed with the presentations and all could be adapted in Phoenix!

A big thank you went out to Salcito Custom HomesCyberTech, Desert Sky, Est, Est, and CF Design for lending a helping hand and teaching courses.

If you would like information regarding our 10th Annual Summer Camp in 2018, please email to be added to the mailing list.

PHX and Desert Skies are teamed up on a sustainable home design competition. In partnership with the AIA, The City of Phoenix is hosting the Sustainable Home Design Competition in an effort to promote net-positive energy use in new buildings by 2050. Architects and consultants were invited to design a single-story 1,800 – 2,400 square foot home that meets energy requirements while still keeping it affordable, unique, and practical. The PHX Team of Adam Kostis, Scott Carson, and Stuart Jon Traynor joined Steve Mogowski, President of Desert Skies. Although the design didn’t end up the big winner, Scott was able to present our design and it was well received!

To learn more about Desert Skies Energy, visit

For our Fall Team Building event, PHX Architecture volunteered time to Phoenix organization, Build Us Hope. Build Us Hope develops Tiny House communities in hopes of providing housing to our veterans and the homeless. The new homes, Micro on Madison, are located in downtown Phoenix at 12th and Madison.

With the help of our foreman for the day, Charlie and Garry, and a ton of guidance from organization leader, Elizabeth Singleton, the PHX team worked on siding, drywall, landscape, and even a back patio. When completed, the tiny home will be 288 square feet with a loft bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and small living area. The PHX Team and a fun, rewarding day and encourage all to get involved in the community.

About BUH:

Build us H.O.P.E. is designed to be a long-term, permanent community-based housing program that will provide supportive services for individuals who choose to participate in the programs we offer. Our target audience are those in need of affordable housing and/or those in need of supportive services.

The program consists of multiple projects which support the quick, effective connection and development of the support services needed. There are four primary categories that Build us H.O.P.E supports:

  • Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI)
  • Disabled
  • Chronically Homeless
  • Veterans

Unlike other organizations providing supportive housing services it is our goal to eliminate barriers so individuals can be placed in a housing unit as rapidly as possible. We will change the housing market in Arizona by providing high quality housing with innovative amenities at an affordable price.

There are many ways to volunteer! To learn more about BUH, visit

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