Marlene Imirzian & Associates named Architectural Firm of the Year

Paradise Valley Community College Life Science Building (Photo by Bill Timmerman)

Paradise Valley Community College Life Science Building. (Photo by Bill Timmerman)


Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects has been named the 2015 American Institute of Architects Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year based on a review of firm’s body of work by an out-of-state jury.

AIA Arizona Design Awards recognize excellence in design, planning and construction projects located anywhere in the world designed by AIA Arizona registered- and-licensed architects.

The Architectural Firm of the Year Award recognizes the continuing collaboration among individuals in a firm who have produced distinguished architecture over a period of 10 years, have made significant contributions to the AIA, the profession and their community and have transcended local boundaries in making those contributions.

Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects was established in Phoenix in 1997 and provides full design services from master planning and feasibility studies to building design for clients in industries including education, public, health care, historic preservation, commercial and residential.

“Our work balances the practical realities of producing architecture on a budget and our creative and professional approach to give each project the time, talent and consideration it deserves,” said Founding Principal and Owner Marlene Imirzian.

“We are deeply grateful for this recognition in how it reflects the design excellence, project performance and integration of sustainable design practices for building that is our hallmark.”

Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 architects by Architect Magazine in 2014 and in Design and Sustainability categories in 2013.

Among the award-winning projects in Phoenix reviewed by the jury were the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Resource Center; Desert Urban House; Sunnyslope Sustainable Office; Paradise Valley Community College Life Science Building; Downtown Lincoln Family YMCA Renovation; and Gold Spot Marketing Center Restoration.

Each year, the firm provides pro bono services for at least one nonprofit.

Marlene Imirzian & Associates also has donated all services toward developing the Arizona School Design Primer to empower key decision makers for school design and construction in Arizona with fundamental information to make sound design decisions based on the most-current research and successfully built project case studies.

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