Posted on 29th July 2019

Whitneybell Perry Architects: Achieving Excellence for Arizona’s Architecture Market

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Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Whitneybell Perry Architects is an architectural firm specialising in high density residential design and civil engineering. As part of our overview of a selection of winners from this year’s Design & Build Awards we profile the firm to find out more about the range of services it has to offer.

Whitneybell Perry is a community focused architectural firm which undertakes a wide variety of projects. When the firm first began its main focus was multifamily residential. This continues to be a significant part of the firm’s portfolio, but in more recent history the practice has been fortunate to be able to expand into mixed use developments, commercial/retail, hotel, office, education, custom homes and single-family residential developments.

Drawing on its vast experience, the firm has designed projects with a variety of architectural styles and as such it is able to adapt its designs to be compatible within the context of each project.
Seeking to drive excellence from each and every member of its valued team, Whitneybell Perry promotes an office culture of professionalism in all aspects for its project communication and production, stressing loyalty to both clients and to the firm.


As part of this focus the firm also encourages involvement in the local community: from professional involvement such as membership on a local government planning committee to personal involvement such as coaching a child’s sports team. Founders Doug and Mike always stress the importance of working hard during the firm’s 40+ hour work week and then making time for extra-curricular activities every week too. They have led by example in promoting the importance of architects being involved in their communities such as by joining a city group such as a planning committee, joining professional organizations such as AIA, Valley Partnership, etc. and getting involved in the meetings and missions of these organizations. The firm’s employees have responded to this encouragement by under-taking memberships in the local American Institute of Architects chapter, local United States Green Building Council chapter and the International Code Council.

Both of the firm’s Founders work tirelessly to support the local community. In 2002, Doug was the recipient of The Arizona Architects Medal which recognized his accomplishments that have made a significant impact on the profession of architecture and upon society.


His efforts in the ongoing annual Turkey Trot were recognized in 2002 when he was given the Mountain States Region Award for Outstanding Community Service in Raising Funds. In addition, Doug has served in many local organizations such as the Arizona Trail Association, PRIDE (Phoenix Residential Incentive Development Effort) and Urban Land Institute.
Mike has dedicated much of his time to volunteering on local Planning and Zoning Commissions. He is a past chairman of the Chandler Planning and Zoning Commission and is currently a member of the Queen Creek Planning Commission. Additionally, he is a member of the San Tan Historical Society and a member of the Town of Queen Creek Library Design Committee.

Looking ahead, Whitneybell Perry will continue to focus on providing innovative, award-winning designs that will stand the test of time.

Company: Whitneybell Perry Architects

Contact: Douglas Whitneybell