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Favorite Places

Whenever I pass this house, I inevitably think of Frida Kahlo's blue house in Coyoacán.
John Messina, AIA
Tucson-based architect, photographer and writer
John Messina
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Map Blue House
1 N Sierra Vista Dr
Tucson, AZ 85719
The courtyard has a sense of eclectic cohesion — a quality that would occur only through time and accretion.
Teresa Rosano, AIA
Principle Architect, Ibarra Rosano Design Architects Inc.
Teresa Rosano
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Map Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant
198 W Cushing St
Tucson, AZ 85701
It is a bastion of past history, serenity, surprise, grace and elegance.
Matt Sears, AIA
Founding principle architect, Sears Gerbo Architecture
Matt Sears
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Map Arizona Inn
2200 E Elm St
Tucson, AZ 85719
Tucson is a spiritual place, and El Tiradito one of its most magical spaces.
Darci Hazelbaker, Associate AIA
Partner, HA|RU
Darci Hazelbaker
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Map El Tiradito Wishing Shrine
420 S Main Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
This building’s obscured delight takes a little effort to uncover.
Frank Mascia, AIA
Owner, CDG Architects
Frank Mascia
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Map Art Brown's Office
726 N Country Club Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
There is so much happening there now, anything is possible.
Page Repp, AIA
President, Repp Mclain Design + Construction
Page Repp
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Map Hotel Congress
311 E Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701
It represents the essence of architectural spaces: scale, endurance and delight.
Dino Sakellar, AIA
President,Sakellar Associates Architects and Planners
Dino Sakellar
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Map Casas Adobes Plaza
7001-7153 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704
I was on the college campus I had always imagined.
Robin Shambach, AIA
Managing Principle with BWH Architects
Robin Shambach
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Map The University of Arizona
Main Gate

Tucson, AZ 85721
There is a lot to love about this building.
Jim Sauer, Associate AIA
Project Manager at Scott Neeley Architecture
Jim Sauer
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Map The Chicago Music Store
130 E Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701
Everything a building isn't supposed to be, was all there.
Kevin Howard, AIA
founder of Kevin B. Howard Architects
Kevin Howard
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Map DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun
6300 N Swan Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718
Stepping into this ruin is like walking into a Picasso painting.
Rob Paulus, AIA
founder Rob Paulus Architects
Rob Paulus
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Map Bowen Stone House
Yetman Trail
Tucson, AZ 85745
What attracts me to the J is the way this architectonic form is situated in the landscape, striking from multiple angles.
Madeleine Boos, AIA
Madeleine Boos Architecture + Interiors
Madeleine Boos
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Map The Tucson J
3800 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718
They're not even really "places" in the traditional sense of the word, but the spaces between places.
Liz Farkas, AIA
Project Manager, LRD Architects
Liz Farkas
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Map Tucson's Back Alleys
Behind our houses
Tucson, AZ

About the Project

Throughout 2014, members of AIA Southern Arizona contributed to a series of essays called My Favorite Place in which they shared a building, space or other spot they love in Southern Arizona. The original series was the brainchild of Gillian Drummond of 3 Story Media and was published in the Arizona Daily Star. It is now airing as a limited series on Arizona Illustrated.

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Produced in partnership with:
AIA Southern Arizona 3 story media