“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, Utah, Oklahoma, Nevada, Montana, Louisiana and Cal­i­for­nia. He also has attained his NCARB cer­ti­fi­ca­tion giv­ing reci­procity for any state license.

President of PHX Architecture, Erik B. Peterson grew up in Chicago and received his Bach­e­lor of Archi­tec­ture degree from Iowa State Uni­ver­sity and his Master’s degree at Ari­zona State Uni­ver­sity.  His career in the Southwest began at the famed Taliesin Architects, Frank Lloyd Wright’s firm in Arizona, where he gained knowledge of organic architecture principals. Now as President of the award-winning  PHX Architecture, he presides over the 30-person firm headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ with a second office in Beverly Hills, CA. Erik specializes in lifestyle design includ­ing luxury, bespoke res­i­den­tial, golf club­houses, boutique resorts and distinctive dining; Erik’s designs have won numer­ous indus­try awards including multiple Gold Nuggets, Best in American Living and Luxe Magazine Red Awards.  He has also been honored as “Master of the Southwest” by Phoenix Home & Garden,  a “New Trad” by Traditional Homes Magazine and an ”Icon of Beverly Hills” by Modern Luxury. His designs located throughout the Country have been featured in many top-tier publications such as Architectural Digest, INTERIORS Magazine, Luxe Magazine, Wall Street Journal and California Homes, as well as many regional publications throughout the West. Erik has designs located throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii, Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, Colorado, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Nevada and even internationally in Calgary, Canada and Cabo, Mexico.

Dedicated to bettering the industry and local communities - Erik is a member or affiliated with the following organizations and networks, both regionally and nationally:

  • AIA
  • Arizona Opera - Board of Directors
  • DLN (Design Leadership Network)
  • Pella Design Council
  • Scottsdale Public Arts - Board of Directors
  • Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
  • ASU President's Circle
  • ASU Architecture Partners Program
  • Luke Air Force Base Blue Blazer
  • Taliesin Fellows (Honorary Member)
  • Scottsdale Chamber Partner Council 100
  • ICAA - Institute of Classic Architecture & Art of So. California
  • SIA Member (Saving Iconic Architecture)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Board of Governors
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy

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

Erik’s projects have been fea­tured in pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing Interiors Magazine, California Homes, Architectural Digest, Wall Street Journal, Luxe Inte­ri­ors + Design Mag­a­zine, Phoenix Home & Gar­den Mag­a­zine, Modern Luxury, 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, where he was accepted 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.

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