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RICK JOY, FAIA (1958-)

Joy was born in Dover-Foxcroft ME. He studied music at the University of Maine before studying architecture at the University of Arizona, graduating in 1990. His architectural career began working on the Phoenix Public Library with Will Bruder. In 1993, he established Rick Joy Architects in Tucson AZ which changed to Studio Rick Joy in 2019. Joy received the 2002 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and won the 2004 National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. In 2019, he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. He periodically serves as a visiting professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rice University, University of Arizona, and MIT. Bio adapted from Wikipedia.


Around 1994 - The Rick Joy House, Tucson AZ.


1997 - The R. J. Brezer Houses, aka Convent Studios, 469 South Convent Avenue, Tucson AZ. Built by Rick Joy. Includes five artist lofts built new and one restored adobe casita. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1997.


1998 - The John D. Palmer and Annabel Rose House, aka Catalina House, 2220 East Camino El Ganaco, Tucson AZ. Built by Rick Joy. Landscape design by Michael Boucher.  Featured in GA Houses 60.  Photos by Timothy Hursley. has been sold.


 2000 - The Kevin Osborn and Robert Claassen House, 6393 West Sweetwater, Tucson AZ.  Featured in GA Houses 63.


2000 - The Warren and Rose Tyler House, 18 Latigo Lane, Tubac AZ. Still owned by the Tylers as of 2021.


2001 - aka Tucson Mountain House, Tucson AZ. 2500sf.


2003 - 2365 East Long Shadow Place, Tucson AZ. Sold in 2016 to James Lindheim and James Tharp.


2005 - The Walt Cecil House, aka Desert Nomad House, 6353 West Sweetwater Drive, Tucson AZ. Featured as a 2005 Architectural Record House. Sold in 2014 to Martin Reimann.


2005 - The Adobe Canyon House, Patagonia AZ. Rammed earth construction.


2006 - aka Napa Tree House, Napa Valley CA.


2008 - 6620 North Eagle Ridge Drive, Tucson AZ. Includes a swimming pool and outside living area carved into a cliff face and a kitchen cantilevered over the downhill slope of the homes 3.5 acres of desert property. The exterior is clad in heavy gauge steel and the lower level formed from cast in place concrete. The home was featured through the National Building Museum in Washington DC through a show called House and Home. Sold in 2018 to filmmaker Vincent Gallo.


2008 - The Paul and Dionne Palandjian House and Barn, aka Woodstock Farm, 1959 Cox District Road, Woodstock VT. Commissioned in 2005. Featured as a 2010 Architectural Record House.  Sold in 2015 to Tucker and Jessica Johnson. For saie in 2018.


2012 - The Paul Palandjian Apartment, Manhattan NY. Located near the Ladies Mile Historic District off 6th Avenue. A 1000 sf studio in a colossal stone building, it is the first apartment Joy designed.


Around 2014 - aka Sun Valley House, Sun Valley ID. 7900sf. Built by Schuchart Dow; structural engineer, Harris; landscape design, Michael Boucher; photos by Joe Fletcher.


2018 - Mixed-use Tower, East Speedway Boulevard and North Campbell Avenue, Tucson AZ. Unbuilt. 20-story tower with retail, office space, and residences.


Sources include: Architectural Record.