Rick Joy

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Rick Joy
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Rick Joy
Born 1958
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Arizona, University of Maine
Occupation Principal/Owner
Practice Rick Joy Architects
Buildings Desert Nomad House, Woodstock Farm, Tubac Residence, Ventana Canyon Residence, 400 South Rubio Studio, Convent Avenue Studios, Catalina Mountain Residence, Amangiri Resort
Projects Rick Joy: Desert Works

Rick Joy (born 1958 Maine, United States) is an American architect. Rick Joy is Principal of Rick Joy Architects, an architecture and planning firm established in 1993 in Tucson, Arizona.

Early life[edit]

Joy was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. He studied music at the University of Maine before studying architecture at the University of Arizona, graduating in 1990. His architectural career began with a 3-year appointment on the design team of the Phoenix Public Library with Will Bruder Architects.[1]

Career and recognition[edit]

In 1993, Joy established Rick Joy Architects in Tucson, Arizona.[1] The firm, owned and operated by Joy, had a staff of twelve as of 2013.[2] offers high-concept contemporary design combined with full traditional architectural and master planning services. From the beginning, each of the firm's works has been exhibited and published extensively and has won numerous awards.[3] Joy received the 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture[4] and in 2004 won the prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution/Cooper-Hewitt Museum.[5] The firm has gained substantial international recognition, has participated in multiple exhibitions, and has been featured in over 150 publications worldwide. Joy has lectured extensively throughout the United States and around the globe and is considered an important contributor on the ongoing global discourse on modern architecture. He periodically serves as a visiting professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rice University, University of Arizona, and M.I.T. In 2002, Joy’s first monograph was published under the title Desert Works, as the first in the Princeton Architectural Press/Graham Foundation invited New Voices in Architecture series.[1]

The firm's extensive experience with lifestyle based projects encompasses a wide range of project types and locations. Early residential projects in the desert southwest frequently employed rammed earth, steel and concrete in the design. Expanding into different climates and cultural places has led to new formal responses and a diverse, locally grounded material palette. The firm has realized architectural residences in regions such as mountains in Idaho,[2] forests in Vermont,[6] and an urban loft in the heart of Manhattan.[7] Current project sites include the islands of Turks and Caicos and Key Biscayne,[2] and on the Princeton University Campus.[8]

In recent years, Rick Joy Architects has received several commissions at much larger scales, including a luxury resort for Aman Resorts in southern Utah with I-10 Studio, the St. Edward's University Campus Chapel and Holy Cross Institute Complex,[3] the 9 story housing block for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, the master planning of new towns in Mexico and Utah, new master planning in York, Maine[6] and Le Massif, Canada,[9] a 1.3 million square foot mixed-use development in Tucson, Arizona, and most recently, the Princeton University Station, Store, Restaurant and Cafe Projects, which are slated to begin construction in the fall of 2013.[10]

Major works[edit]

Amangiri Resort, Utah
  • 2012 NY Loft, Manhattan, NYC, United States
  • 2012 Lone Mountain Ranch House, Golden, New Mexico, United States
  • 2009 Woodstock Farm, Woodstock, Vermont, United States
  • 2007 Amangiri Resort, Utah, United States
  • 2006 Ventana Canyon Residence, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • 2005 Adobe Canyon Residence, Patagonia, Arizona, United States
  • 2005 Desert Nomad House, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • 2001 Tucson Mountain House, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • 2000 Tubac Residence, Tubac, Arizona, United States
  • 1999 400 South Rubio Studio, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • 1998 Catalina Mountain Residence, Tucson, Arizona, United States
  • 1998 Convent Avenue Studios, Tucson, Arizona, United States


Awards include:

  • 2013 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture for Lone Mountain Ranch House near Golden, New Mexico
  • 2012 Local Genius Award - Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2012 University of Arizona Alumni of the Year Award
  • 2010 Record Houses Award for Woodstock Farm
  • 2009 Mario Pani Award, Universidad de Anahuac, Mexico DF, Mexico
  • 2009 Record Houses Award for Ventana Canyon House
  • 2008 American Architecture Award for AvraVerde project with exhibitions in the United States, Italy and Greece
  • 2005 Record Houses Award for Desert Nomad House
  • 2004 National Design Award Winner, Cooper-HewittSmithsonian Institution
  • 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters, Academy Award in Architecture
  • 2001 Record House Award for Tubac Residence
  • 2001 AIA Arizona Honor Awards for Tubac Residence and Rubio Studio
  • 2000 AR+D Emerging Architecture Award
  • 2000 The Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices Award
  • 2000 I.D. Magazine Annual Design Award for Rubio Avenue Studio
  • 2000 AIA Central Arizona Home of the Year for Catalina House
  • 1997 Record House Award for Convent Avenue Studios
  • 1997 I.D. Magazine Annual Design Award for Convent Avenue Studios


  1. ^ a b c Joy, Rick (2002). Desert Works. With Foreword by Steven Holl and Introduction by Juhani Pallasmaa. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 1-56898-336-0. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lecture Series, Oct. 10, Rick Joy". University of Arkansas. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  3. ^ a b "St. Edward’s University Announces Selection of Chapel Architect". April 18, 2005. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  4. ^ "List of awards". American Academy of Arts and Letters. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  5. ^ "National Design Award Honorees". Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  6. ^ a b http://main.aiany.org/eOCULUS/newsletter/the-spaces-between-the-sounds-rick-joy-in-context/
  7. ^ Green, Penelope (April 10, 2013). "The Refined Studio". New York Times. 
  8. ^ http://www.princeton.edu/facilities/info/major_projects/newconstruction/LewisArtsBuilding/
  9. ^ http://archrecord.construction.com/residential/recordhouses/2010/10_woodstock_farm.asp
  10. ^ http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S36/06/92Q68/index.xml?section=topstories

Further reading[edit]

Frampton, Kenneth (2012). Five North American Architects: An Anthology by Kenneth Frampton. Lars Muller Publishers. 240 pages. ISBN 3037782560 ISBN 978-3037782569