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Overview

Terms like “luxury” and “grandeur” barely come close to describing the multimillion-dollar residences in Vegas that compare in size to a 747. These are the castles that gave birth to the term “starchitecture,” a term still relevant but not as defining as it once was. That’s not to say that citadels with tons of custom stone and bowling alleys in the basement aren’t being built. They are, but with less fervor. Instead, even casino moguls today have scaled back, preferring a minimalist design and much less real estate. The Vegas housing market is transforming, and one developer leading the way is Ascaya, which is building up a luxury hilltop community in Henderson. The goal is more functional, creating desert getaways or primary residences that offer an outdoor-indoor living experience, but also timeless designs that match the landscape. To that end, Ascaya hand-picked a few of the most skilled and prominent residential architects and designers to create inspiration homes. Some of them are on this list. Even if they are out of state, being selected by Ascaya to re-define home luxury in Vegas carried much weight. Other weighty criteria were innovation, adaptability, and professional stature.

This list includes both licensed architects and residential designers who can both design stunning homes but differ in other services offered. Architects are trained in design, engineering, and project management and have passed a licensing exam. Residential designers typically don’t manage projects and plans will need to be approved by a structural engineer. Whether you choose to hire an architect or a residential designer will depend on your project needs and complexity.

Top Firms

Adapture

Principals:
Jason Strodl

Address:
817 S. Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

About Adapture

Established in 2008, Adapture provides architectural design and planning for various project types in the commercial, residential, and hospitality sectors.
It was only eight years after receiving his master’s in architecture and urban design from UCLA that Jason Strodl, AIA, started this firm. During those years, Jason honed his craft as a project architect and then as a project manager for two of California’s most prominent firms—Marmol Radziner & Associates and Gensler. After winning a local architecture competition, Desert Companion pegged Strodl as an “architect to watch.” Strodl and his team, which includes his wife—a licensed interior designer—are building dream homes in upscale Las Vegas neighborhoods. Strodl’s work has also garnered attention in the local media. He was recently featured in an Architecture Las Vegas article as one of a handful of architects who will frame the Las Vegas landscape going forward.

Featured Projects

A residence dubbed The Pavilion shows Adapture’s signature style. An infinity-edge pool disappears into the landscape. The roof is cantilevered, a design favored by modernist architects because it gives the impression of strong horizontal planes suspended over structures below. It also offers a cleaner architectural line. For a linear effect, Adapture ran a limestone floor from inside the home to the pool’s deck. Another great project is The Kuluz Residence which sits in the Las Vegas Valley. The 4,500 square foot home has a formal dining room that serves as a connection point between two separate wings–one public and the other private. The public wing is for the family of four’s daytime functions; the private houses the bedrooms. Living and dining rooms were placed in the back so they can open up to an outdoor patio and pool with exceptional views of the city and nearby mountains.

Blue Heron

Principals:
Tyler Jones
Steve Jones

Awards:
PCBC Gold Nugget Grand Awards,
PCBC Gold Nugget Awards of Merit,
Best in American Living Awards

Address:
1320 Villa Barolo Avenue, Henderson, NV 89052

About Blue Heron

Blue Heron was founded by a man who’s spent his entire life in Nevada. Tyler Jones’s father was a builder; his first job in high school was working at an architecture firm. He earned architecture degrees from the University of Colorado, then founded this firm in 2003. Since then, he’s received over 30 design build awards. The National Association of Homebuilders selected Jones to be on its architect design-build team for the International Builders Show in 2013 and 2015. In 2013, Jones received NAHB Emerald Certification and LEED Platinum Certifications. Jones’s brother and co-founder Steve Jones handles the construction and quality control at the firm. Steve also studied architecture at the University of Nevada. In addition to managing Blue Heron, he owns and operates Merlin Contracting, which builds custom estates throughout Vegas. Most of Blue Heron’s residential projects fetch between $1.2 million and $6 million.

Featured Projects

A typical residence by Blue Heron is a 6,249 square foot home on .53 acres in Marquis Seven Hills. Completed in 2015, the residence costs more than $2 million. An elaborate, modern-themed covered patio features lots of private seating and opens up to a sunken pool that winds through separate wings of the home. The inside brims with steel and a gray-white-blue color palette running through an open floor plan. Another $2 million Seven Hills residence greets visitors with a waterfall at the entrance as soon as one gets past an elaborate courtyard. Pocket doors are automatic and run from the ceiling to the floor. Views of the Rio Secco golf course are exceptional. The master bedroom has a private entrance to the outdoor pool. Perhaps Blue Heron’s crowning achievement was in 2015 when it was awarded another New American Home project for its state-of-the-art Sky Terrace home. The structure is 8,000 square feet. The floorplan intertwines indoor and outdoor areas and provides decks with rooftop spaces that allow 360-degree views of the Strip.

Daniel Joseph Chenin

Principals:
Daniel Joseph Chenin

Awards:
2019 AIA Design Award – Commercial Interiors
2018 AIA Design Award – Summit Club
2017 AIA Design Award – TNT Residence
2014 AIA Nevada Young Architect Award

Address:
6785 South Eastern Ave. Suite #9, Las Vegas, NV 89119

About Daniel Joseph Chenin

Artfully-crafted architecture, thoughtful interior design, product design, and furniture design, and sourcing and installation. These are the premium services upon which Daniel Joseph Chenin was founded in 2014. As a firm that thoroughly evaluates each commission, the firm only works on a limited number of homes. Some of these projects have earned the firm awards like AIA’s 2017 Design Award for a custom residence at Ascaya, the 2018 Design Award for a Custom Residence at Summit Club, and the 2019 Design Award for Commercial Interiors. The firm is currently handled by Daniel Joseph Chenin. A professional with experience that spans 17 years, Chenin is a member of several industry organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). He is also a Building Design and Construction (BD+C) specialist and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He has served on the Board of Directors for the AIA Las Vegas and was the AIA National Young Architect representative during 2014 and 2015.

Featured Projects

Daniel Joseph Chenin’s modern design for Azure 1.0 in The Ridges was actually inspired by 15th-century Italian architect, Andera Palladio who is known for elaborate villas. Completed in 2015, Azure 1.0 has a compact design and was built out of four symmetrical squares that intersect. The site has a six-foot elevation, with six volumes that serve separate functions for living: a living space, dining area, bedroom, guest rooms, parking, and guest retreats. A gallery that mimics the National Gallery in Washington, DC provides circulation to all six areas. Another great project is the courtyard Oasis. An ultra-modern residence with a price of over $2 million, its streamlined aesthetic focuses on the home’s essence, materiality, and function.

Hoogland Architecture

Principals:
Henry CJ Hoogland

Address:
6280 S Valley View Blvd Ste 742, Las Vegas, NV 89118

About Hoogland Architecture

Hoogland Architecture has only been in the industry for nine years, but it is already close to achieving an exceptional reputation for premium luxury home design. Ever since its establishment, the firm has been recognized for crafting homes that exhibit authenticity and a sympathy for urban and natural landscapes. Most of its work is in the Blue Diamond, Enterprise, Paradise, Summerlin, and Winchester areas where its clients have experienced its expertise in green building, home extensions, remodeling, new construction, and sustainable design. Founder Henry CJ Hoogland III is currently managing the firm and is known for bringing global vision and a distinctive, detailed perspective to each project. Aside from this work ethic, Hoogland also has more than 13 years of professional experience and has design and research work that has been published in academic journals and industry publications alike.

Featured Projects

Cloud Chaser is a beautiful example of Hoogland’s work. An 8,678 square foot modern home that features a façade of smooth, clean stucco, its design was inspired by the subway pools at Zion National Park. To promote the modern concept of inside-outside living space and connection, the home features large expanses of floor to ceiling glass. Stone panels adorn the secondary layer of walls and creep into the home interior, recalling the cool and otherworldly feeling of walking through eroded canyons.

Marmol Radziner

Principals:
Leo Marmol
Ron Radziner

Awards:
Interior Design Hall of Fame

Address:
12210 Nebraska Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025

About Marmol Radziner

Even by California standards, this Los Angeles-based design-build firm enjoys a high-ranking reputation for excellence and leadership in architecture and design. The AD100 firm was tapped by Las Vegas developers to build out a new batch of ritzy homes. Marmol Radziner was started in 1989 by Managing Partner Leo Marmol, and Design Partner Ron Radziner, both of whom graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In 2007, both men were welcomed into the College of the FAIA, and two years later, both made it into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Featured Projects

Marmol Radziner was one of the few Southwestern firms chosen by Ascaya to design homes at a new site in the Henderson McCullough desert landscape, which is about nine miles past the Strip. The site will showcase the new style of Vegas opulence and is expected to contain over 300 estates. Marmol Radziner’s most notable home in the Las Vegas area is a modern style prefab home located on a hill overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. Apart from having four bedrooms and five baths, the home is also defined by its intersecting roofs and screening techniques. Landscaping, fencing, and louvered panels separate the home from the street, and the home offers an expansive covered deck space to retain a feeling of openness. Behind the residence is a pyramid-shaped “Skyspace” designed by artist James Turrell. Being such an exceptionally designed home, this residence was featured in Dwell.

Richard Luke Architects

Principals:
Richard Luke

Awards:
Golden Nugget Award,
“Street of Dreams” Award for Best Architecture,
Las Vegas Silver Award for Custom Residence

Address:
9061 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 105, Las Vegas, NV 89117

About Richard Luke Architects

An award-winning architecture firm, Richard Luke Architects was established in 1986 and has won the Golden Nugget Award for a Custom Residence, the Street of Dreams Award for Best Architecture, and the Las Vegas silver Award for Custom Residence. With such a reputation, the firm has designed over 500 custom luxury homes in Southern Nevada alone. The majority of these homes sell in the $3 million to $15 million range. Although they are located in master-planned neighborhoods with strict architectural guidelines, Richard Luke Architects has made each home unique. These homes have attracted the attention of Las Vegas royalty like the Maloof family, who own the Palms. The bulk of Richard Luke Architects’ work is in the Las Vegas metro area, but it has also completed projects in California and Texas, and internationally, for select clients.

“As a small boy growing up in Australia’s capital city Canberra, I marveled at the beautiful modern contemporary museums and government buildings that sprung up around the huge man-made lake that is the centerpiece of our master-planned city. They inspired me to become an architect.” – Richard Luke

Featured Projects

Richard Luke Architects did the ground-up work in 2004 and the $3 million additions in 2011 for the $12.5 million mansion on Eagles Landing owned by casino tycoon Gavin Maloof. The 13,489 square foot mansion features a home gym, a Crestron home automation system, and a theater priced at $1 million. Palm trees line a water runway that leads to a backyard pool. There are six bedrooms, a game room, several wet bars, an elevator, a 10 car garage, and a walk-in wine refrigerator. The home’s interior brims with stone columns, granite, marble, limestone, elaborate ceilings, and strategic lighting. Another of the firm’s signature designs is known as “The Keeter Residence,” also on Eagles Landing. This Mediterranean-styled mansion has 16,789 square feet of living space and much more outdoor space. Luke’s layout included six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a two-story great room with a fireplace and wet bar, a gourmet kitchen, a catering kitchen, a gym, an eight-car garage, many terraces, and an outdoor barbeque area with swimming pool and fire pit. Special touches include a full-length terrace on the second floor, Greek columns lining the interior of a balcony, and bathroom features in the master suite so massive they are best described as marble structures.

SB Architects

Principals:
Scott A. Lee
Bruce A. Wright

Address:
One Beach Street, Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94133

About SB Architects

This San Francisco-based firm has an international reach and handles large-scale projects, such as hotels, resorts, destination communities, and mixed-use buildings. But it is equally known for its inspiring custom home designs. It has been around for five decades and has other locations in Miami and Shenzhen. Most recently, it has expanded its work into the Las Vegas market and was chosen to design one of the more than 300 luxury estates that make up Ascaya—Sin City’s newest cluster of residential opulence. Principal Scott A. Lee, AIA, LEED AP, has been president of the firm since 2000. Before that, he was a principal at HKS, another prominent San Francisco firm. His bachelor’s in architecture is from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Principal Bruce A. Wright, AIA, LEED AP, who serves as vice president, earned his architecture degrees from California State University, San Bernardino and the University of Arizona. Before joining SB Architects, Wright was an associate at Hill Glazier Architects and junior designer at Klages Carter Vail.

Featured Projects

SB Architect’s contribution to Ascaya development was the first inspiration design. It is a tranquil refuge designed as a get-away for two and encompasses 7,200 square feet. The basics are all there: four bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, an office, and an entertainment room. What makes it special are pockets of chic design, such as extra square footage for the central areas–living, dining, and kitchen. More elegant style emerges from an outdoor spa and indoor multi-purpose room that has its own roof deck. Outside is a dining room with a cover and a sunken fire pit for entertaining. It’s a stylish retreat with earthy colors and organic textures that make it ideal for festive gatherings. What it shares with other Ascaya structures are the crisp lines and every-room glass encasements to permit landscape views even from hallways.

Swaback Partners

Principals:
John E. Sather AIA, AICP

Awards:
Gold Nugget Awards,
AIA Merit Award,
DBI National Award of Merit

Address:
7550 E McDonald Drive A, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

About Swaback Partners

An Arizona-based firm registered in 11 states, Swaback Partners does custom home builds, hospitality, office and commercial, campus, and community planning. Its projects have received dozens of Gold Nugget Awards and even the National Award of Merit from the Design Build Institute. It has also garnered recognition from Luxe, Golf Digest, Golf Inc., The Robb Report, and Forbes. Swaback’s entry into the Las Vegas home market is at the request of Ascaya, developers of the new luxury hilltop community. Swaback Partners served as lead architect on Ascaya and also designed its $25 million clubhouse. The Founding Partner of this Arizona-based firm, Vernon Swaback, FAIA, FAICP, studied with an architecture legend, Frank Lloyd Wright. Not only did Swaback study at Wright’s School of Design at the University of Illinois, he also apprenticed with Wright, served as director of planning with the Wright Organization, and even wrote a book about their work together. The firm’s Managing Partner, John E. Sather, AIA, AICP, also studied at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and also sits on the Schools Board.

Featured Projects

Swaback Partner’s most notable build is known as “Ascaya House 198.” It is an 8,000-square-foot luxury structure on a half-acre in the renowned desert community. The build showcases what can be achieved with a desert contemporary design: four bedrooms, an office, and five-and-a-half baths topped off with state-of-the-art, energy-saving functions. The modernist roof with elaborate overhangs was made for the desert. The firm also developed at Lake Las Vegas, a desert paradise near 320 acres of a manmade lake, where a showcase home is priced at $8 million. Swaback Partner’s build was the first custom residence. It consists of 8,344 square feet, intended to epitomize luxurious living beyond compare. The two-story design has a flowing floor plan, large outdoor areas with palm trees lining a pool, and fire pit.