Black Rock Studio

A Workplace That Embraces Its Setting

The Arizona studio of Weddle Gilmore Architects—is an urban in-fill project in the city’s downtown area. The structure makes a connection to the public space of the street via an art gallery space facing 5th Avenue across a desert courtyard. To create a strong interior sense of the street and the Arizona Canal on the north side of the building, transparent façades were designed using standard large sliding glass door assemblies. The design of the Studio is a study in rethinking how our local buildings can better embrace the public space of the canals, recognizing the great potential they provide as linear parks that weave through and connect Old Town Scottsdale with the rest of the Phoenix metro region. The heart of the Studio, the communal workspace situated in the second-floor loft, is continuously transformed throughout the day as sunlight washes the sidewalls through skylight slots running the length of the building. The effect is such that the ceiling seems to soar.

Project Information


Scottsdale, Arizona


Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architect

Awards and Recognition

AIA Western Mountain Region, Citation Award

AIA Arizona, Honor Award

Arizona Forward, Crescordia Award

ASLA Arizona, President’s Award

Press and Publications

2014, Dot Garden, Scottsdale, AZ, World Landscape Architecture 13

2010, Black Rock Studio, Sources + Design, October, November