top of page

Making Architecture is a retrospective look at the work of 180 Degrees Design + Build in Arizona and beyond.


Making Architecture

The full color 226-page monograph features over 300 photographs of the firm’s body of work and describes their signature design-build process and philosophies in vivid, accessible detail. Making Architecture was written and designed by architectural historian Alison King of Modern Phoenix, to complement the firm’s first retrospective exhibition at Le Musée de Kaplan in Principal Architect James Trahan AIA’s hometown of Kaplan, Louisiana.

226 Pages

Over 300

17 interviews & observations






Making Architecture book on custom wood bench by The Guild.

"We've been fortunate to work on some unique projects over the past 19 years. The book showcases some of these projects and gives others a look into how our firm approaches our work, what we focus on and how we execute our craft."

– Principal Architect John Anderson AIA


Read about 17 of the firm's favorite projects including one of their most technically advanced projects, Stone Court Villa.


Get an inside look at the firm’s origin story and a behind-the-scenes peek into two of the most technically advanced projects 180 Degrees Design + Build has ever executed: Stone Court Villa with Marwan Al Sayed and the Desert Botanical Garden Horticultural Center with coLAB Studio.


Restoration work at Taliesin West and on a vintage Al Beadle home is also featured. The firm's sensitivity to site, context, client needs and usability shines on these historically significant projects.


Packed with interviews and observations, the book features 17 stories written by historian Alison King, founder of Modern Phoenix and Assistant Professor of Design and History at Grand Canyon University.


“I’ve watched 180 Degrees Design + Build's work evolve for over 15 years," says King. "They've performed some highly creative and important restoration work in the realms of historic preservation and adaptive re-use. Drawing out the stories behind these special places through the lens of a historian was a delight.”


Head over to to purchase your copy of Making Architecture.

Book PDF viewer
bottom of page