Line and Space

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Line and Space, LLC. Architects
Industry Architecture
Founded 1978
Founder Les Wallach, FAIA
Headquarters Tucson, Arizona
Area served
Services Architecture, Interior Design, Masterplanning and Landscape Design
Owners Bob Clements, AIA, LEED AP; Henry Tom, FAIA, NCARB; John Birkinbine III, AIA; Mike Anglin, AIA, LEED AP

Line and Space is an architectural design firm founded in 1978, by Les Wallach, FAIA, and headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.[1] They have completed projects internationally[2][3] and are known for their ecologically-sound buildings.[4][5][6][7]

In 2007 Line and Space extended its services internationally when the company was selected to design a series of luxury villas in Shenzhen,[8] China. The project included the design of several housing prototypes, a corporate retreat, and community center along the hillside of Tianqin Bay. The “Cascading Residences” as they have come to be known, were a catalyst for the firm’s future work in China. Since then, Line and Space has completed projects in the cities of Xiamen, Kunming, Chongqing, and Nanjing. As the scope of their work continues to broaden, Line and Space consistently strives to create sustainable, resource conserving architecture that is inherent to their design philosophy.



  • The Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum (1991)[17]
  • Recipient of six-state AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year Award (1999)
  • The Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award for the Cesar Chavez Regional Library (2008)[17]
  • AIA Arizona, Sustainable Firm of the Year (2009)[18]
  • $25,000 First Prize Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for Skymarkers, a Gateway to Tucson, Arizona.
  • Named New Landmark Libraries by the publication Library Journal for the Cesar Chavez Regional Library (2011)[19] and the University of Arizona Poetry Center (2012)
  • International Award in American Architecture from the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum for the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center (2012)
  • International Green Project Award from the Russian Union of Architects, Grand Prize (2012)
  • AIA Arizona SRP Sustainable Design Award for the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center (2011)
  • AIA Arizona Firm of the Year Award (2011)[20]
  • AIA Arizona, Twenty Five Year Award for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum (2014)
  • AIA Arizona, Twenty Five Year Award for The Arroyo House (2015)[21]


  1. ^ Line and Space Architects
  2. ^ Bing, Yu. The Making of New Chinese Urbanism. China Architecture and Building Press. October, 2011: pg. 168-177.
  3. ^ Saywell, James (editor). "Line and Space, Tucson, USA (Global Perspective)." Hinge: Architecture, Interior Design. Volume 218, Asia One Printing Limited, Hong Kong. November 2013: pg. 78-83.
  4. ^ Flannery, John A., and Karen M. Smith. Eco-Urban Design. Boston Spa Media. October, 2011: pg. 26-32
  5. ^ Attman, Osman. Green Architecture: Advanced Technologies and Materials. McGraw-Hill's GreenSource. 2010: pg. 184-185.
  6. ^ Walker, Andy, PhD, PE. Solar Energy: Technologies and Project Delivery for Buildings. Wiley/John Wiley and Sons Publishing. 2013: pg. 281-285
  7. ^ Jin Lei. “Begin Where You Want To End.” Urbanism and Architecture (China). Dec, 2005.[1]
  8. ^ a b Tom Beal "The (really) Far East side", Arizona Daily Star, December 11, 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  9. ^ Boyce Thompson Arboretum[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Restaurant and Gallery Complex
  11. ^ National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
  12. ^ Tom Beal, “ Tucson Architect Honored for Shade Rich Design, “ Arizona Daily Star, April 24, 2008. Retrieved 2014-05-07.]
  13. ^ Tom Beal, “Poetry Center Design an Exacting, Contradictory Task for Architects,” Arizona Daily Star, October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  14. ^ Joyce Gorsuch, “Red Rock’s New Visitor Center: Bringing Green Technology to the Canyon” BLVDS, Las Vegas, Issue 19. Page 32-35.
  15. ^ Lopez, Oscar. "Tucson-based Architects Line and Space Wins 2011 AIA-Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year Award", ArchDaily, November 22, 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  16. ^ San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Visitor and Administrative Facility
  17. ^ a b AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects Archived 2014-04-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "2009 AIA Arizona Award Winners :: AIA Arizona". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  19. ^ LJ’s New Landmark Libraries – Cesar Chavez Branch Library,” Library Journal, May 10, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-07
  20. ^ Oscar Lopez, “Tucson-based Architects Line and Space Wins 2011 AIA-Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year Award,” ArchDaily, November 22, 2011. Retrieved 2014-05-07
  21. ^ Shepperd, Eric (2015-12-04). "2015 AIA Arizona Design Awards announced | AZ Big Media". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 

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