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Rick Joy, Rick Joy Architects, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Rick Joy is perhaps one of the most celebrated architects of the United States, and rightly so. Born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Rick Joy, originally a professional musician, decided to formally learn architecture from the University of Arizona after studying music at the University of Maine. Graduating in 1990, his architectural career began as a team member for the Phoenix Public Library. After three years with the team and Will Bruder Architects, in 1993 he established Rick Joy Architects in Tucson, Arizona. Having spent more than two decades there, Rick`s work has come to be known for architecture that belongs to the deserts. His work enriches the experience of the site, especially with its sensory and tactile qualities. Rooted in modernism, his designs transcend into reality with a materialistic richness of rammed earth and rusting steel, giving architectural solutions for hot and dry climate, managing to dodge the coldness associated with the style. Over the years, he has equipped himself with the techniques to befit the context, as his architecture crucially rests upon the landscape. Though site specific, his method is easily translatable to different locales.

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