Photos (from left): 1. Erik Peterson, President of PHX Architecture and Ken Peterson, VP Sales & Marketing of Shea Homes 2. Erik Peterson, Ken Peterson and Erika Tellez, Architectual Associate II with PHX Architecture

PHX Architecture took home two Gold Nuggets and three Merit Awards at the 56th Annual Gold Nugget Award Ceremony. The Gold Nugget is the top architectural design award in the country. PHX’s Gold Nugget awards for the Azure Paradise Valley Residences were in the following categories: Best Single Family Detached Home — 3,500 sq.ft. to 4,500 sq. ft.and Residential Detached Collection of the Year. Accepting the awards for PHX was President Erik Peterson and Project Manager Erika Tellez.

Azure Residences, Paradise Valley, AZ

Gold Nugget Award: Residential Detached Collection of the Year  

The Azure Residences are a culmination of sixty-six homes designed with a true balance of modern and traditional architecture. A stunning collaboration of architecture and landscaping with a balance of form and function provides a spectacular setting in each residence. Each space was brought to life with the vision of award-winning teams of PHX Architecture, Greey | Pickett, and developer Shea Homes.

According to Erik Peterson, “through the use of neutral tones that reflect the various palettes of the desert, the residences exude a soft contemporary and transitional style.”

Azure Residence 1, Paradise Valley, AZ

Gold Nugget Award: Best Single Family Detached Home 3,500 to 4,500 Sq. Ft. 

Merit Award: Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle For a Home

This Azure Residence demonstrates the beautiful application of a controlled palette of materials that creates a signature appearance from both the street and internal vistas. Each color palette is modified to the residence type allowing the elevations to boast a soft contemporary and traditional style.

The unique design of the entryway and landscaping of the residence are the features that create an indoor/outdoor luxury lifestyle. This is displayed in the floor to ceiling windows at the back of the house, presenting a view of sprawling backyard and the simultaneous enjoyment of the indoor and outdoor features of the home. The pool assumes the entirety of the backyard space, creating a beautiful water installation. Following the bend of the pool around the side of the house, the indoor/outdoor experience continues with a grand living space opening to the outdoor dining area.

Azure Residence 3, Paradise Valley, AZ 

Merit Awards: Best Single Family Detached Home — over 4,500 Sq. Ft. and Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle For a Home 

A modern masterpiece, Residence 3 invites you in with a front entrance made for natural light to fill the front living space. Each living space is tailored to comfortably host a large group inside while remaining connected to the natural world as light beams through the windows. The entertainment options are endless with the stunning outdoor design. The open-ended arrangement surrounding the pool allows for outdoor dining, lounging around the fire and enjoying a beverage at the outdoor bar. The interior features softer wood tones, complementing the inviting outdoor landscape.

About Gold Nugget Awards:

Now in its 56th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. The Gold Nugget Awards recognize those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.

About PHX:

PHX Architecture specializes in creating luxury/boutique design that is as innovative as each client. PHX is a full-service architectural firm for the luxury market providing a range of services focused on specialty commercial, hospitality, restaurant, clubhouse, and custom residential design. Projects are located throughout the west, including Arizona, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and California.  Led by award winning architect Erik B. Peterson, along with a talented staff of architects, designers, and project managers, PHX architecture is dedicated to providing quality architectural service and design to a variety of clients. Visit to learn more about PHX Architecture, the Principals, and the team.

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