Rocky Hanish

Rocky Hanish

Phoenix, AZ, US

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Studio Ma, Phoenix, AZ, US, Project Manager / Designer

Rocky Hanish, Associate AIA integrates his design expertise with an interest in generating narratives that invest architecture with greater meaning. His background in both design/build construction and as a design school faculty member afford him broad perspectives into realizing our design intent. Rocky’s inquisitiveness has led him to research and test new software, construction types, and building scales. These sharpen his ability to communicate what is achievable and how we will maximize the quality of experience within spaces.

Born in Minneapolis, Rocky grew up in Phoenix. He became fascinated in middle school with architecture and model-making. A year in Buenos Aires expanded his cultural influences. During graduate school, Rocky expanded his design/build work into different formats — furniture design, buildings, and multimedia art projects — because the process produced richer work. He finds that communicating how to reduce energy and water consumption to the people who will use our buildings is the most successful way to realize successful, sustainably designed architecture.

Rocky brings to Studio Ma a depth of experience with multifamily, academic, and residential projects in Arizona, California, and New York. At Studio Ma, Rocky leads project management and guides design for our higher education, developer, and cultural projects.

Mar 2023 - current

Local Studio Design + Build, Phoenix, AZ, US, Architectural Designer / Site Superintendent

Jun 2020 - Jul 2021


Apr 2017 - May 2020

Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects, Phoenix, AZ, US, Designer

Feb 2014 - Nov 2014

David Baker Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, designer

Jan 2013 - Jul 2013

Swerve co., Berkeley, Designer / drafter

Assisted Swerve for 3 months with CAD fabrication drawings, computer visualization, and client interaction.

May 2012 - Aug 2012

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Graduate Student Instructor

Taught two semesters of ARCH150 structures for architects under professor Gary Black. Teaching position involved structural analysis computation, computer modeling, design and model fabrication and testing.

Taught one section of ARCH11B under continuing lecturer Keith Plymale focusing on housing prototypes for remote sites of the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta.

Sep 2009 - Jan 2010

Normal Arquitectos, Buenos Aires, AR, Designer

Participated in the fabrication, design, and installation of several small scale interactive physical installations. Working for the small but integrated Normal team I also had the opportunity to help develop housing and small scale landscape projects for various clients.

Oct 2008 - May 2009


Arizona State University, Tempe Camp, AZ, US, BArch, Architecture

May 2008 - current

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, MArch, architecture

Sep 2009 - May 2012


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