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Steve Secrest | Architect, Tucson, Arizona
Steve Secrest | Architect, Tucson, Arizona

I moved out west with my family from Southern Indiana in 1974. I have fond memories of running barefoot through the rolling hills and skipping rocks on the banks of the Ohio. At a young age, I was transported to this strange and foreign land called the desert; a place filled with rattlesnakes, sweltering temperatures, spiny cactus thorns and stickers. My barefoot Tom Sawyer existence had come to an end. Through the years, I have developed a strong love and appreciation for the stark and beautiful Sonoran desert and its relation to the built environment. The rugged desert landscape, under a searing display of light, shade and shadow, I can think of no other place that can complement, or be a better back drop, for the clean lines of modern architecture.

I attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1991. For the 18 years prior to launching Secrest Architecture, I worked for, and acted as a design consultant in, several well-known firms in Southern Arizona, gaining experience in a large variety of building types.

Secrest Architecture is an award-winning design studio, seeking projects of any scale that present an opportunity to bring value and innovation to our client. We provide full services, from schematic design through final completion. Our architecture embraces the desert lifestyle and its warm climate, while being sensitive to the harshness of our unique environment. Each project is unique, sculpted to the needs and requirements of its users and responding to its own individual sense of place.

We are committed to architecture that not only satisfies users’ needs and fulfills functional aspects, but architecture that inspires and enriches the lives of its occupants; architecture that has a strong connection with the spirit of place; architecture that learns from the practical solutions of our past, but doesn’t try to mimic historical styles; architecture that strives for a bold new direction.

publications
awards

  • Tucson Architect Feature - Architectural Record - Secrest Architecture
  • Tucson Home and Garden Magazine Feature - Secrest Architecture
  • Tucson Architect Feature - Architectural Record - Secrest Architecture
  • Tucson Architect Feature - Sources and Design - Secrest Architecture
  • Home Magazine - Tucson Architect Feature - Best of 2008 - Secrest Architecture
  • Modern Lux Housing Secrest Architecture

The Silvertree Residence — Tucson, Arizona

2008 Merit Award from AIA Southern Arizona

2008 Home of the year award in remodel category from AIA Southern Arizona and Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden Magazine

Desert Garden Ramada — Tucson, Arizona

2003 American Institute of Steel I.D.E.A.S. merit award (Innovative Design and Excellence In Steel) & acted as lead design architect on residences as a consultant for Seaver Franks Architects

featured projects

Residential

Desert H House

Cloud Catcher Residence

Silvertree Residence

Dove Mountain Canyon Pass

Saguaro Ranch

Pima Canyon Estates

Commercial

Restaurants

North Restaurant

Montana Avenue Restaurant

Bloom Restaurant

Metro Grill Park Place

Other

Rural Metro Fire Station

Karp Heurlin Weiss Law Offices

America Online Offices

Secrest Architecture
Secrest Architecture
Tucson Architect Feature - Architectural Record - Secrest Architecture Tucson Home and Garden Magazine Feature - Secrest Architecture Tucson Architect Feature - Architectural Record - Secrest Architecture Tucson Architect Feature - Sources and Design - Secrest Architecture Home Magazine - Tucson Architect Feature - Best of 2008 - Secrest Architecture Modern Lux Housing Secrest Architecture
Desert H House - Secrest Architecture - Tucson, AZ
Desert H House - Secrest Architecture - Tucson, AZ

Desert H House - Marana, Arizona

Desert H House embraces mountain views and the area’s warm climate, encouraging indoor-outdoor living.  The house is a study of taking a small residence and creating outdoor rooms that become extensions of both the surrounding desert and the interior spaces.  The outdoor spaces add to the livable square footage of the house and connect the house to the landscape and the desert lifestyle.

Cloud Catcher Ritz Carlton Architecture Tucson

Cloud Catcher Residence - The Residences at Ritz Carlton

The Cloud Catcher residence is a unique 5,000 s.f. custom designed home in Marana, Arizona, at the base of the Tortolita Mountains. The house sits softly into its .85 acre site with wonderful mountain and city views. The house is a site specific design sculpted to its own unique location and its own individual spirit of place. The design takes full advantage of the site’s attributes and solar orientation, responding to lower distant city views towards the south as well as beautiful views upward into the mountains towards the north. The roof-line of the house responds to both views and the solar path. Toward the north, the roof rises to allow views into the mountains and sky above, as well as capture northern light. The deep cantilevered roof toward the south protects the glass from direct sunlight throughout the summer. Private and public functions are separated by an indigenous stone wall that starts at the guest parking area and extends up and through the house, creating an entry sequence and terminating into the hillside, anchoring the house into its landscape. The house embraces the desert lifestyle taking advantage of the warm climate and the opportunity for indoor-outdoor living and connectivity with the desert. Retracting doors along the north can fully open letting the terrace and the interior of the house flow together, breaking the conventional opaque boundary between interior and exterior. Cloud Catcher draws from the traditional ranch house of the southwest. Indigenous stone, adobe masonry walls, Douglas fir wood detailing and rusted patina roof are sculpted into a timeless modern expression.

Silvertree Residence Secrest Architecture
Silvertree Residence Secrest Architecture
Silvertree Residence Secrest Architecture
Silvertree Residence Secrest Architecture
Silvertree Residence Secrest Architecture

Silvertree Residence – Tucson, AZ

The Silvertree residence is a study in how an existing, small, dated, closed-in and inwardly focused residence can be revived into an inspiring modern space that interacts with the outdoors.

2008 Merit Award from AIA Southern Arizona

2008 Home of the year award in remodel category from AIA Southern Arizona and Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden Magazine

Dove Mountain Canyon Pass

Dove Mountain Canyon Pass – Marana, Arizona

Acted as lead design architect on multiple residences as a consultant for Seaver Franks Architects.

Saguaro Ranch Marana AZ

Saguaro Ranch – Marana, Arizona

Acted as lead design architect on multiple residences as a consultant for Seaver Franks Architects

Pima Canyon Estates - Secrest Architecture - Tucson, AZ

Pima Canyon Estates – Tucson, Arizona

Acted as lead design architect on residences as a consultant for Seaver Franks Architects, including the award winning Desert Garden and Ramada at the heart of the development.

2003 American Institute of Steel I.D.E.A.S. merit award (Innovative Design and Excellence In Steel)

North Restaurant - Tucson & Scottsdale AZ Architecture
North Restaurant - Tucson & Scottsdale AZ Architecture
North Restaurant - Tucson & Scottsdale AZ Architecture

North Restaurant – Tucson & Scottsdale, Arizona

Lead Design Architect, as consultant for Seaver Franks Architects.

Montana Avenue Restaurant - Secrest Architecture

Montana Avenue Restaurant – Tucson, Arizona

Lead Design Architect, as consultant for Seaver Franks Architects.

Bloom Restaurant Secrest Architecture

Bloom Restaurant – Scottsdale, Arizona & Broomfield, Colorado

Lead Designer and Project Architect as consultant for Seaver Franks Architects.

Metro Grill Park Place Secrest Architecture

Metro Grill Park Place – Tucson, Arizona

Lead Designer and Project Architect as consultant for Seaver Franks Architects.

Rural Metro Fire Station – Tucson, Arizona

Rural Metro Fire Station – Tucson, Arizona

Lead Design Architect as consultant for Seaver Franks Architects.

Karp Heurlin Weiss Law Offices - Secrest Architecture - Tucson, Arizona

Karp Heurlin Weiss Law Offices – Tucson, Arizona

Lead Design Architect as employee of Gromatzky Dupree and Associates.

America Online Offices Broadway Rosemont Tucson AZ - Lead Architect

America Online Offices – Broadway & Rosemont, Tucson, Arizona

Lead Design Architect as employee of Gromatzky Dupree and Associates.

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