Artie Vigil

Artie Vigil

Phoenix, AZ, US



I've been practicing architecture and urban design since 2001.  I have diverse experience in projects ranging from million square foot urban mixed use to smaller residential designs.   My primary career goal is to be involved in the design of places which are connected, integrated, compact and which add value to the community.  I want nothing more than to create places which vibrantly enrich the soul and enhance the human experience.  I intend to design contemporary projects which are authentically inspired by the local history, building heritage, climate and ecology.   I will advocate for intelligent, economical, energy efficient, compact and sustainable land planning strategies. 


I am a team player and thrive in collaboration opportunities.   I’m searching for employment or partnership with individuals or corporations who have similar design values. 



AV3 design studio, Architect / Urban Designer

I launched AV3 design studio as a way to supplement my income while I completed graduate school. AV3 has enabled me to develop my business acumen and to explore the world of freelance architecture and urban design. As a freelancer, much of my work has focused on the design and planning of multiple urban design initiatives within the Phoenix metro area for developers, contractors and community organizations. Additionally, I have partnered with local firms as a design consultant to assist them in their efforts. The focus of this work has been to create complete and vibrant communities which are diverse in their uses, transportation methods, and sociology. Through these initiatives I design with the intention to create places which are authentic to the local ecology, culture and place.

Notable projects include:

SCOTTSDALE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT: An urban redevelopment planning project which included the development of three restaurant and night club projects. Role: senior designer, planner

SCOTTSDALE BEACH CLUB: A hospitality and entertainment project which included multiple restaurants, an outdoor pool, a stage and cabanas. Role: senior designer, planner, design development

GILBERT HERITAGE: Multiple buildings, mixed use urban redevelopment. Role: senior designer, planner

TEMPE PAPAGO STATION: 64 acre transit orientated development. Role: urban designer

Mar 2009 - Jul 2011

Davis Architects, Senior Architectural Designer

As a senior designer at Davis Architects, my duties required that I lead the design and planning efforts for various mixed use development projects in the Phoenix metro area. These projects varied in size from one-million square foot , multi-phase projects to more intimate urban infill residential projects. As design lead, my primary duty was to exceed client expectations for design excellence, while implementing sustainable strategies in an economically feasible way.

Notable Projects:

WESTGATE CITY CENTER PHASE 2&3: Mixed use entertainment destination. Six city blocks of retail, office, mid-rise residential. Urban-art-deco-desert inspired architecture. Role: planning, concept building design, design development, entitlements.

OASIS PHOENIX: Urban infill town homes. Role: planning, concept building design, entitlements, design development.

Nov 2006 - Oct 2009

Ellermann Schick and Bruno Architects, Architectural Designer

My experience as an architectural designer at Ellermann Schick and Bruno included the planning and architectural concept design for developer led projects in the southwestern United States. The company's expertise was in mixed use retail and suburban retail projects.

Notable Projects included:

FLAGSTAFF MALL REDEVELOPMENT: 1970's vintage Mall and adjacent brownfield site redevelopment. New mall entrances, facade improvements, food court renovation, mixed use lifestyle center and power center. Role:planning, architectural design, entitlements, design development, environmental graphics, project management

MARKET AT ESTRELLA FALLS: Power retail center, Goodyear Arizona Role: planning, architectural design, entitlements, design development

SCOTTSDALE PROMENADE MIXED USE: Mixed use retail/office suburban lifestyle center. Role: design development

PARADISE VALLEY SHOPPING CENTER RETROFIT: suburban strip retail center retrofit. Role: architectural design

OLD VAIL MIXED USE RETAIL/OFFICE: neighborhood mixed use center, retail/office. Role: planning and architectural design

CAREFREE VILLAGE OFFICE PROJECT: suburban office condos Role: planning and architectural design

Oct 2001 - Sep 2006


NewSchool of Architecture + Design, MArch, Architecture / Urban Design

Completed the intensive Executive Masters research program. Here I conducted an extensive research study on the sociological notions of access, meaning and experience and how they can effect quality of living. With central Phoenix as my case study, I was able to identify patters, deficiencies and opportunities through the use of a citizen map survey. An extensive review of literature, case studies and historical examples allowed me to expand my knowledge of the areas of urban design, redevelopment and sustainable planning practices.

Degree: MArch
Magna cum-laude

Sep 2009 - Jun 2010

Arizona State University, Bachelors, Architecture

degree: Bachelor of Science Design
major: architectural studies
minor: business

Sep 1997 - Jun 2001

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