McGill University, MArch
University at Buffalo, BSArch
Montreal / Marrakech
Zakaria Boucetta is involved in the design development of residential projects.
He values the overlap between built forms and their surroundings, with a strong interest and sensitivity to site-specific context, materiality, light, and ecology. Working in SRJ’s collaborative environment expands his connection to this process.
Zakaria has worked at award-winning offices in New York, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen on various project types and scales including private residences, cultural projects, affordable housing, and master planning; playing an integral role in concept design and design development.
Raised in southern Spain and Morocco, he focused his studies on traditional earth construction through multigenerational homes and the preservation and planning of agrarian townships. His formative experience inspires his exploration of subtle moments of expression and function, especially in the intention of gathering in and creation of common spaces.
Taylor Garcia Dickson
Director of Communications & Operations
St. Edward’s University, BA
Mount St. Mary’s College, MA
Taylor is a lead for the studio’s internal and external communications and operations, with a focus on pr & marketing, project and client cultivation, and studio management.
With over a decade of experience as a director, project manager and consultant she is highly skilled in brand management, development, archival work, project & event production, engagement, and community relationships. Her work internationally with artists, brands, and institutions includes projects in Los Angeles, Austin, New York, Miami, London, Paris, Rome, and Berlin.
Taylor was the Membership & Development Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona and the Director of the Hopper Art Trust in Los Angeles, California. She is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Arizona.
Her extensive history working in contemporary and public art as well as administration and small business development has constructed the foundation for her expansion into architecture.
Virginia Tech, BArch
Anna works on various facets of the design process ranging from analytical work, conceptual modeling, design and rendering.
Her career in architecture is just beginning and she is keen to take on new challenges that will continue to aid in the development of her creative skillset and holistic understanding of the field.
Anna has an extensive background in the visual arts, particularly hand drawing and graphic design.
She hopes to use architecture as a means of bringing to life the untold tales of our kind through immersive and sensory narrative experiences.
Texas Tech University, BSArch, MArch
Cameron is an experienced designer and project manager who has worked on a variety of residential project types, taking them from concept through construction.
He aspires to create well-crafted architecture with a reverence for nature, local culture and historic building traditions. In practice, he values the use of analog tools, seeking to capture the life of the human hand, both in the design process and the built form.
Cameron has worked with award-winning studios in Seattle on projects throughout Washington State, Idaho, Montana, and Hawai’i, and is excited to bring his expertise to the desert and beyond.
He finds inspiration in the exhibition of time, through thoughtful use of material, light and space, crafting nuances that reward the patient observer.
Project Manager & Designer
ITESO Universidad Jesuita, BArch
Bernardo is involved in the project management and design development of residential projects.
His international experience in design and construction of residential, commercial and hospitality projects while working in award-wining offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and his native Guadalajara, Mexico has led to an authentic incorporation of diverse design approaches to create thoughtful architecture.
Bernardo has traveled and lived abroad in France, England, and Ethiopia and believes this diverse experience has broadened his perspective of how timeless spaces have been built in different traditions.
He had his own practice in Guadalajara, Mexico and his work has been nominated for awards both in Mexico and the US.
Bernardo is inspired by the history and culture of places and how that influences the built environment.
Senior Project Manager & Designer, SACAP
University of the Free State, South Africa
BArchStud, BArchStud(Hons), MArch(Prof)
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Annheliza is an experienced project manager, she works on all phases of the architectural process and has overseen numerous schemes through construction. She is also involved in the general management of the studio.
Her passion to lead encourages streamlined systems which result in efficiency and a designed product of the highest quality strongly rooted in the studio’s core values. As a mentor she enjoys promoting office operations that support team participation and learning from active construction sites.
Since 2007, she has driven the coordination of large collaborative teams on award-winning developments -- master planning, high-rise commercial, hospitality, residential and retail – making her widespread knowledge a trusted resource.
She has worked as Project Architect, Designer and Manager for internationally renowned offices throughout South Africa and in the UK.
Annheliza finds inspiration in the observation of nature, a reminder of what our environment has to offer when we create a sense of place for a sheltered human experience.
Claudia Kappl Joy
Lighting & Interior Design, CLD, IALD, MIES, WKO
University of Technology Graz, Master of Architecture
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Master of Architectural Lighting and Health
Kaernten / Austria
Claudia is the wife and business partner of Rick Joy and has been a collaborator of the SRJ team for over 14 years.
In 2013, Rick and Claudia co-founded the lighting design consultancy studio, CLL – Concept Lighting Lab, LLC, in which she is creative and managing director, leading all projects - responsible thru implementation – having done so on several award-winning projects.
This includes large scale Masterplans, Civic Plaza Lighting, Roadway and Pathway Lighting, Installations, Hospitality, large- and small-scale Commercial Projects, High-end Residential and Boutique Designs, as well as Specialty Lighting Applications and Art Lighting.
She is recognized as a CLD – Certified Lighting Designer, and with more than 16 years of experience, her areas of expertise range from concept design, design development and construction documents, specification, and technical coordination, building integrated modelling, cost comparison, value engineering, trade coordination, procurement, and implementation, including aiming-adjusting and retrofit solutions.
She has lived and worked in Austria, the United Kingdom, Sweden and since 2007 has called Tucson her work and home base.
Claudia’s fascination with the ephemeral quality of light and its essential role when creating moving atmospheric space is at the base of her design approach and interest.
Principal, FAIA, Int. FRIBA
University of Arizona, BArch
Maine / Tucson for 30+ years
Rick Joy is the founder and principal of Studio Rick Joy formerly Rick Joy Architects.
He is considered an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture. His work expresses innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place.
Honors include receiving the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2002 and in 2004 winning the prestigious National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
In 2015, Rick was vested into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ RIBA International College of Fellows.
He was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in a Javits Center event in 2019.
Other professional affiliations include The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Tucson MOCA Advisory Board Member.
Rick lectures internationally and periodically serves as visiting professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Rice University, M.I.T. and the University of Arizona.
The studio’s first monograph, Desert Works, was released by Princeton Architectural Press in 2002 and the second, Studio Joy Works, was released in 2018.
He is also the co-owner of CLL Concept Lighting Lab with his partner Claudia Kappl Joy. CLL provides full-service lighting design for all SRJ projects in addition to outside firms.
Originally from Maine, he studied music and was a classical percussionist and rock/blues drummer until the age of 28 when he moved to Tucson to study Architecture.
Rice University, BA, BArch
St. Louis, Missouri
Mitch is integrally involved in master planning, commercial, and residential work as well as collaborations with Concept Lighting Lab.
His analytical design process and attention to detail has helped develop projects’ early design schemes.
He worked for offices in Boston and St. Louis, taking part in the design phases for a variety of projects including a mausoleum chapel and a cinematheque.
Mitch seeks to build what evokes reciprocity between sustenance, shelter, and surroundings.
Chief Financial Officer
The University of Arizona, BA, MBA
Dan handles both day-to-day business, contractual and financial matters as well as longer-term planning.
His years as a financial advisor with UBS as well as experiences in technology and manufacturing give him the insight to understand and assist with a diverse range of projects.
Dan is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and is currently building his own house in his spare time.
Senior Project Manager & Designer
San Diego State University, BS
Virginia Tech, MArch
Iran / Sweden / So Cal
Tofan has worked on various projects including residential, mixed-use, equestrian, and hospitality. He now leads projects from conception to completion and helps manage the studio and teams.
He strongly believes in the studio’s core values and phenomenological aspects of architecture. He strives to create thoughtful, useful, and beautiful spaces that are built with a natural feeling of place and acts as an instrument for creating a special relationship between the inhabitant and context.
Prior to SRJ, Tofan has worked at award-winning offices in Boston and Mumbai. He brings with him experience on a range of project types and scales including private residences, institutional projects, and master planning.
He finds inspiration in the vernacular of life and architecture that is inherently contextual and essential.
Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico, BArch
Caracas, Venezuela / Mexico City, Mexico
Gustavo is involved in the conceptual development of residential projects.
His practice focuses on generating an impact on how people inhabit space, and values when attention is given to the finer details of the objects that compose it.
He has worked in offices in Mexico City where he was involved in all stages of project development from conceptual designs to construction drawings. These projects ranged in scale from architectural and urban projects to object and furniture design.
Born in Venezuela, raised in Mexico, with experience studying abroad in both Chile and London, Gustavo has a constant desire to explore the world and learn from the differences in cultures.
Texas Tech University, MArch, MBA
Sofía’s experience focuses on elevated residential projects, where she works on all phases of design and takes projects from concept to completion. She is drawn to SRJ’s design philosophy and commitment to integrative diverse perspectives in cooperative practice.
Originally from Monterrey, México, after university, she moved to the Pacific Northwest and worked with offices in Seattle, Washington, as Project Architect and Manager on a variety of custom projects.
She volunteers as a Board Member and Marketing Director of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Northwest chapter, with the goal of elevating minority voices in the industry and helping to increase licensures.
Sofia is interested in different social and cultural backgrounds, sustainable practices, and thoughtful work that is sensitive to place; finding inspiration in spaces that evoke our senses and make us feel alive.
She is a Registered Architect and holds a license in the State of Washington.
Cal Poly Pomona, BArch
Garden Grove, California
Chris is engaged in conceptual design, rendering, and analytical work.
He is interested in the place-making ability of architecture and how people can mark one place as more special than other spaces in the world through the delimitation of borders.
Chris won various design awards both at university and abroad during his stay in Copenhagen. He also worked in Irvine, California, taking part in the design and construction document phases for a variety of custom residential projects.
Raised by Vietnamese immigrants, Chris’s design is heavily influenced by Vietnamese culture: specifically, the connection to other people through food, and a pragmatic approach to all things while not hesitating to find inspiration in the most banal moments in life.