Behind-the-Scenes Look


“It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”


Here is a behind-the-scenes look at a couple projects. Both are at different stages of construction, but both have that UDA je ne sais quoi.


Curry Coming Soon

Desert Mountain: This one is pretty much complete, and the clients can’t wait to move in. Can’t say we blame them with a bathroom like that!


Lloyd Framing

Saguaro Forest: Here we are on a site visit. We wanted to see how the framing was coming along. Nothing beats those views though!

Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Recent Publications



Recent Publications

Need more UDA in your life? Then check-out these recent publications!


Phoenix Home & Garden August 2017 – This article is not your typical, “New owner updating an Urban Design Associates’ project,” kind of piece. It also pays tribute to Billie Springer; a beloved, design visionary who we lost too soon.

“Billie was always on the top of my list. She was as talented as any interior designer I’ve ever worked with. She could look at what I had on paper and immediately comprehend where to take it. She had a great gift for blurring the lines where architecture ended and interior design began.”

– Lee Hutchison

Luxe September/October 2017  – Notice the UDA home on the front? That’s because Luxe tells the story of  how one of our older projects was given a fresh look. The new owner could tell the home had “good bones,” so the interior was kept minimalistic to highlight them and their specially curated, antique collection.


Phoenix Home & Garden Special Edition 2017 – This one isn’t an article, but we have a beautiful two page image of a recently completed, contemporary home. It’s toward the front; you can’t miss it!



Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

UDA Summer BBQ 2017


What better way to celebrate a successful summer, than with a UDA BBQ and pool party! Between the good food, good company, silly string, and water balloon fight, it was the perfect way to unwind. Oh, and don’t forget about the giant, inflatable sea turtle and water slide. It’s safe to say the kids definitely stole the show, and that was okay with us!


Summer BBQ 2017

Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Bon Voyage!


Greetings from Abroad!


Heading to Northern Europe for inspiration and rejuvenation. See you all in a month!



Lee & Laurel


  P.S. Call Jessica : )


lee and laurel

Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#1 Desert Mountain II

“Successful architecture is a conscious blending of the science of creating form, in accordance with site sensitivity, and the creative manifestation of the client’s dreams and desires.” — Urban Design Associates’ Philosophy 

Modern contemporary home in Arizona with flagstone patio and spillover spa.






Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Feed My Starving Children 2017


Earlier this month, Urban Design Associates was fortunate enough to, once again, team-up with Facings of America and volunteer at the non-profit, Feed My Starving Children. FMSC’s mission is to feed all starving children, both in body and spirit. They provide nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and deliver them around the world.

Since this wasn’t our first “rodeo,” we were able to quickly break-out into our groups. With high-energy and enthusiasm, we expertly completed meal after meal; all to the fun tunes playing through the sound system. The food we packed was going to be shipped to Thailand, and we were able to pack 45,792 meals. This means 125 children will be fed for ONE YEAR!

Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children is always a rewarding experience. To find out more, you can visit their website, or call 480.626.1970



Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

#2 Lone Mountain


“Home and Native Land.” — Urban Design Associates

Organic pueblo in Arizona with an infinity edge pool and flagstone patio.






Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#3 Gainey Ranch


“Every great design begins with an even better story.” — Lorinda Mamo

Tradition, Mediterranean home with a half moon pool.






Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#4 Desert Mountain


“Study nature, love nature; stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

Organic pueblo home at Desert Mountain in Arizona.






Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#5 Saguaro Forest II


“Good architecture combines balance & rhythm and is pleasing & inspiring to look at.” — Lee Hutchison

Traditional home at Desert Mountain in Arizona with natural stone features.





Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

#6 Silverleaf


“We believe the quality of our surroundings can lift the quality of our lives.” — Foster + Partners

Traditional home in Arizona with Mediterranean inspired elements.





Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#7 Privada


“The key is that they do most of the talking, and I do most of the listening.” — Jessica Hutchison-Rough

Award winning, organic pueblo at Privada, Arizona.




Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#8 Saguaro Forest


“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

Organic pueblo, Saguaro Forest home in Arizona, with infinity edge pool.




Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

#9 Organic Pueblo


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

Organic pueblo home in Desert Highlands, Arizona, with a free-form pool and fire pit.




Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

#10 Desert Highlands


“I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.”  — Frank Lloyd Wright

Contemporary home in Desert Highlands, Arizona, with infinity edge pool.




Posted in Outdoor Living Countdown | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Lee Hutchison Homes for Sale at Desert Mountain!


If you have always wanted to be the proud owner of a Lee Hutchison design, there are currently two on the market at Desert Mountain!


Desert Mountain


Description: All the attributes of a true Lee Hutchison design with the creative interiors of Jan Sanders. When you visit the Desert Mountain home, you will be truly impressed with both the outstanding detail and the setting.

Listed By: Scott Biller at HomeSmart

For more information and pictures please visit:


Desert Mountain II

Description: Striking contemporary mountain ranch style home, nestles high in the Village of Saguaro Forest. Designed by Lee Hutchison and Build by the Phil Nichols Company, this home exhibits the ease of indoor/outdoor living that appeals to Desert Mountain owners. The extensive use of native stone and wood enhance the warmth of this open plan. Stunning golf, mountain, sunset and city views are enjoyed from the multiple patios.

Listed By: The Power of 4

For more information and pictures please visit:


Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Top 100 Urban Planning Blogs

Top 100 Architecture blogs

We are proud to announce Urban Design Associates has been name one of the Top 100 Urban Planning Blogs, AND we are still one of the Top 100 Architecture Blogs!

Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

3 Steps to a Luxurious Indoor-Outdoor Lifestyle

The joys of living in the Southwest come from the dry, warm weather and the opportunity to move life outside for most of the year. Expanding a living area outdoors, no matter the location, helps everyone connect with nature and fully take advantage of a property’s best features.

Step 1: Know your Site

The first step to indoor-outdoor living is to have a comprehensive understanding of the site. Be sure to take both physical elements (i.e., slope of the land, soil composition, and views) and climactic factors (i.e., sun orientation and local breezes) into consideration when creating the perfect flow of space from inside to outside. This will help you utilize all aspects of the land.

Step 2: Create a Transitional Indoor Floor Plan

Open floor plans work best when creating a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. The unhindered view can then be used to draw people outside. To establish a relationship between rooms, the same flooring should be used without interruption. Extending the floor’s surface and ceiling plane outside unifies all living areas and creates a natural flow.

Step 3: Seclude the Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces should be carefully crafted to protect residents from intrusive weather or neighbors, but still feel open and linked to the surroundings. Vegetation and trellises provide privacy without obstructing views, while the calm bubbling of water features cover any unwanted noise pollution. Sitting areas need to feel secluded and have a fireplace, making the space inviting year-round.

There is an art to the perfect indoor-outdoor design, but it can be achieved with careful examination of the environment and the home owner’s daily routine. It doesn’t need to be filled with grandeur or innovative components to be a success. A well-executed house may be stunning, but its daily functionality is what will make it truly a home.

Indoor-Outdoor Living-600


Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Leave a comment

We’re Expanding!

We are pleased to announce our newest Marketing and Administrative Assistant: Caitlin Jackson! Between her seven years of administrative background and her multiple degrees (AA in Fine Art from Scottsdale Community College & BS in Sustainability with a minor in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University), we know she will be a valuable addition to our team.

If you are wanting to be a part of Urban Design Associates, you’re in luck! We are currently looking to fill a full-time architect/project manager position. The ideal candidate will be a licensed architect or architectural graduate with 10+ years of residential construction field experience. This position is responsible for overall project management for a variety of projects including technical design development, construction document production and coordination, consultant scheduling, and budgeting.

Besides working with an award winning firm, we offer competitive hourly wages and generous benefits including health care and continuing education. We strive to provide a fun yet productive environment for our employees to enhance their professional and personal growth. At UDA, we are more than an architecture firm, we are a family.


Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Leave a comment

Prepare to be Summer-ized!

unsplash-sai-kiran-anagani-209542-375It’s official, summer has arrived! Our days of big jackets and snow are behind us, and the season of swimming and barbeques is here. This is great news for everyone but, if you are a homeowner, there are a few more things you need to do besides buy a new bikini. Between the relentless heat and impending monsoon season, you have to ensure your home is in tip-top shape.

1. Test/Update your AC Unit & Thermostat
Now is the time to test your AC unit, since it is better to fix any issues before the temperature sky rockets. If your unit is 10-15 years old, you should consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient, dependable model.

While you are at it, installing a programmable or smart thermostat is also a great way to save energy and money in the long run.

2. Inspect your Roof & Clean/Repair Your Gutters
You don’t want to be hit with surprise leaks or water damage, so take the time to remove debris and fix anything not in working condition.

3. Seal all Windows & Doors
During the winter, it is common for windows and doors to slightly separate from their frames. Sealing these gaps will keep your cool air in and the hot air OUT.

4. Create a Bug Barrier
A lot of bugs hibernate during the winter months, but are quite active in the summer. Besides making sure there aren’t any gaps or cracks for them to enter, consider spraying your outdoor perimeter with a pesticide or natural repellent.

5. Don’t Forget your Garden!
The sun is also tough on your plants, so do everything you can to keep the soil moist. The best option is to install a drip irrigation system on a timer.

6. Prep your Outdoor Living Spaces
It’s not all about staying cool and saving energy. You also have to get ready for all the summer fun you are about to have. Clean your grill, pool and patio furniture so they are ready-to-go for any spontaneous get-togethers. Maybe even add some bright colored pillows or outdoor rug to bump up the décor. Remember to create outdoor storage to stash decor during desert monsoons and dust storms.

7. Remember the Little Things
There are other little things you can do around your house to help you stay cool and reduce your electricity bill. For instance, changing your air filters monthly prevents the restriction of airflow and changing the direction of your fan causes a cool breeze effect. Now might also be a good time to change any of your older bulbs to CFLs. Since they waste less energy on heat, they help keep your home cooler.

8. Contact your HOA
Check with your Home Owner Association about service companies to take care of your property, while you escape the summer heat.

Posted in Urban Design Associates Blog | Leave a comment

Copyright 2017 • Urban Design Associates LTD. • All Rights Reserved
UDA RSS Find UDA on Facebook Find UDA on the ARA website Urban Design Associates Ltd BBB Business Review Best of Houzz 2017 LEED Profile