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180 Degrees Design + Build is an architect-led design-build firm that specializes in high end custom residential design and remodels, technically challenging commercial design and construction, historic preservation, and adaptive re-use.

History of 180 Degrees

Since 2001 we’ve engaged with a wide variety of clients and technical challenges, resulting in award-winning work that defies the categorical constraints of a single aesthetic. Our practice is driven by sensitivity to client needs, high performance demands, an intense desert climate, and the urge to create beautiful solutions for challenging problems.


Recently recognized by Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine as Masters of the Southwest, our experience as master builders lends tremendous insight into how architecture actually works, bridging the gaps that occur between a client’s vision, a realistic budget, and the skillful execution of significant, purpose-driven architectural works.


Partner|Principals from left — Troy Vincent AIA, John Anderson AIA and James Trahan AIA. Photo by Jesse Rieser for Phoenix Home & Garden.


In 2019, our firm launched our first, 260-page monograph Making Architecture and our first line of custom bench designs with The Guild.
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What we do


As contractors, our experience provides insight into the realities of the built environment and allows for a more value-based design process. Additionally, the typical communication gap between designer and builder is eliminated and as such, the owners programmatic and aesthetic intent is maintained.

Fabrication / Build / The Guild

As architects, we are constantly seeking alternative means and methods to reduce costs while maintaining the highest architectural quality and programmatic function. The true value of 180 Degrees is seen through our self-performing work in concrete and metal fabrication. Our home and workspace in the Melrose district of Phoenix has its own wood and steel fabrication shop and team that we call The Guild.

Innovation / Vision / Community

Unlike much of the construction industry, 180 Degrees is made up of over 70% architecturally trained staff for both the construction and design entities. As such, we are uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between the design intent of the architect, the project financial goals of the client and the constraints of the traditional single source construction firm.


We value sustainability and it is a large part of the work we do. Our team is part of the Living Building Challenge Sonoran Collaborative (LBCSC) and are working towards In addition to the typical sustainable practices, 180 Degrees embraces the practices of adaptive re-use, repurposing, up-cycling and passive and innovative technologies. In every project that we engage, 180 Degrees looks for opportunities for re-use, repurposing and up-cycling of materials.

Our friends, partners and sponsorships

Since our inception in 2001, 180 Degrees has been fortunate to work with many great clients, partners, industry peers and publications. Here are just a few of those who we have been happy to work with.

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