james richärd, aia principal


kelly bauer, fiida principal



stephen kennedy, aia ncarb principal



1545 west thomas road
phoenix, arizona 85015
p 602 264 1955
f 602 264 9234


howard/carline residence

Phoenix, AZ

Mark Howard

3,700 sf / April 2001

A modern equivalent to the traditional ranch home, this 3-bedroom private residence also includes an attached guest house and three car garage. The 1.5 acre desert site adjoins the Phoenix Mountain Preserve in the center of the city.



The home is designed in dialogue with the site, anchored on the edge of the arroyo and contained against the stone ridge of the mountain preserve. Each of the three primary volumes is formed by massive walls along the northern street facade that dissolve into floor to ceiling glazing against the stone ridge to the south.

A series of interconnected, folded roof planes open for light and views as they pass by one another and then extend to capture exterior terraces at each level. The gentle folding of the roof lays over the topography of the site, unifying each of the building forms and providing drama as they open and compress the spaces within.

Punctuations in the block walls are focused towards distant views and selectively frame the landscape. This careful editing of the views permits open connection with the mountain preserve while preserving the intimacy and privacy of the house.

Photography: Robert Wreck