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© 2014 robinette architects, inc.

1670 east river road, suite 112       tucson, arizona 85718

by VWC Designs

Ron Robinette is a Tucson native with over thirty years of experience and more than 300 constructed projects in Southern Arizona. In 1984 he founded Robinette Architects, Inc., a full service firm with experts in all phases of design and construction, including interiors, landscape and construction management.


Robinette Architects is a boutique firm focused on producing unique and inventive homes of the highest quality that are responsive to their owner’s lifestyle and respectful of the Sonoran Desert. Our award-winning team has completed apartments, restaurants, and its first LEED certified home.  It is a recognized leader in residential design


We are a full service firm capable of assuming responsibility for your project from start to finish. We work with the best consultants, builders and suppliers to deliver the highest quality projects possible.


Our services include, but are not limited to:


•    Feasibility Studies

•    Zoning Analysis

•    Property Assessment and Site Selection

•    Site Planning & Landscape Design

•    Design for New Construction or Remodel

•    Tenant Improvements & Interior Design

•    Permit & Approval Acquisition

•    Construction Documentation

•    Contract Administration

Read about our current project here.



Our portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community for Best of Houzz 2014 - Design. Check out our entire portfolio and make your own inspired ideabooks.


Remodeling, decorating, and more ∨

Hire a decorator to find that just-right sofa and coffee table for your home decor.
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Construction is progressing on what will be the first LEED-Certified home in the Stone Canyon Development. The steel framework is in place for a translucent photovoltaic ramada and installation of high-efficiency window system is almost complete.

Read more about LEED-Certified projects here


We are proud to have been nominated and awarded in three categories in Professional Builder’s annual Design Awards.

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home - Platinum Award

Secluded Canyon Residence

Read the jury's comments here

Multi-Family - Gold Award

Legacy Apartments at Dove Mountain

Read the jury's comments here

On the Boards - Bronze Award

Canyon Vista Residence

Read the jury's comments here


We have just been published in Design Book's collection of American Residential and Planning projects entitled 50 US Architects.

Please read more about this book at


•   “Outdoor Living” Phoenix Home & Garden, October

•   "A California-Inspired Custom" Tucson Lifestyle's Home & Garden, June

•   “Design Innovation In Action“ Professional Builder, January

•   50 US Architects - Residential + Planning Design Book



•   Platinum Award for "Best One-of-a-kind Custom Home" Professional Builder Design Awards

•   Gold Award for "Best Multi-Family Home" Professional Builder Design Awards

•   Bronze Award for "Best 'On the Boards' Project" Professional Builder Design Awards

•   Nominated for “Architect for the Year” Tucson Cornerstone Award for Architecture

•   “Clear Thinking” -  Luxe Magazine Volume 9, Issue 4



•   “Masters of Design” Pool & Spa News

•   “A Work in Constant Progress” Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, April

•   “Cover Story” Tucson House & Garden, March



•   Nominated for “Architect for the Year”, Tucson Cornerstone Award for Architecture

•   “Luxurious bathrooms” Tucson Lifestyle – Home & Garden, December

•   “Achieving Synergy“ Luxury CE, May

•   “Tu Casa Nueva” arquitectura / decoracion / vivienda Numero 66, page 18

•   “Best Local Architect” Tucson Home Best of Design, Winter 2008-2009



•   “Best Local Architect” Tucson Home Magazine Best of Design

•   Nominated for “Architect of the Year” Tucson Cornerstone Award for Architecture

•   Tucson Home Magazine Best of Design

•   “Out is In” Tucson Home Magazine, Spring Issue

•   “Desert Designs” Oasis The Luxury Collection

•   “Formed to function” Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, January / February



•   “Let the Sun Shine In” Arizona Foothills Tucson, November/December

•   “Variations on a theme” Trends Home and Architectural, Volume 23 No 10

•   “In character” Trends Home and Architectural, Volume 23 No 8

•   “In plain sight” Trends Home and Architectural, Volume 23 No 6

•   Golf Magazine Living, Spring

•   Leading Residential Architects, The Perfect Home, December



•   “Masters of the Southwest” Phoenix Home and Garden, March

•   Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, November/December

•   “Under starry skies” Trends Home and Architectural, Volume 22 No 6

•   “The Right Light Controls Automated Home” Smart Homeowner, July/August

•   “Custom Home feature Grobstein Residence” Foothills Magazine, March

•   “Custom Home Feature Clark Residence” The Oro Valley, January



•   “Kitchen and Baths” Tucson Home Magazine, Winter Issue

•   16th Annual Custom Homes Idea Guide, November/December

•   Builder/Architect

•   “1st Place Powder Room” The National Kitchen & Bath Association

•   Leading Residential Architects, The Perfect Home, May

•   Urban Style, Featuring Stone Canyon Home



•   “The Dewinter Residence” Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, Spring Issue



•   Nominated for “Architect of the Year”, Tucson Cornerstone Award for Architecture

•   “Featuring The Lane Residence” Tucson Home, Fall Edition

•   Arizona Home Book

•   Tucson Lifestyle Custom Homes



•   “Excellent Architect of The Year”, 1st Place Award, Alliance of Construction Trades

•   Nominated for “Architect for the Year”, Tucson Cornerstone Award for Architecture

•   “Beautiful New Homes” Better Homes & Gardens

•   “The Lytle Residence” Tucson Lifestyle Great Designs

•   “Featuring the Roberts Residence” Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden

   Traditional Mexican Style Exteriors, Lovell Residence

•   Traditional Mexican Style Interiors,  Lovell Residence



•   Tucson Lifestyle Great Designs



•   PSMJ Award for Architecture “Excellent Architect” Nomination

•   Phoenix Home & Garden

•   Tucson Home

•   “The Lovell Residence “ Tucson Home & Garden, Spring Issue

•   Tucson Home & Garden, Winter Issue

•   Tucson Lifestyle



•   Tucson Home, 1999

•   Tucson Lifestyle, 1999

•   “Winner Best in American Living” Alliance of Construction Trades,1998

•   “Street of Dreams” Professional Award for “Best Architectural Design”,1998

•   “Street of Dreams” Public Award for “Best Architectural Design”, 1998

•   Builder Architect, 1998

•   Street of Dreams, 1998

•   The Arizona Daily Star – Home Section; Dream Home, 1996

•   The Arizona Daily Star – Home Section; Where Dreams Come True, 1996

•   Builder Architect, 1996

•   Southern Arizona Home Builder, 1996

•   Tucson Lifestyle – Builders’ Showcase, 1996

•   Tucson Lifestyle, 1996

•   Nominated for Architect of the Year, Tucson Cornerstone Award for Architecture, 1995

•   Builder Architect, 1995

•   Tucson Lifestyle, 1994

•   Luxury Homes, 1993

•   Award for “Architectural Excellence”, SMA, 1992

•   Tucson Lifestyle – Custom Homes for The Tucson Lifestyle, 1992

•   Tucson Lifestyle – Ventana Visited, 1992

•   Award for “First Place in Creativity”, SMA, 1991

•   Roy P. Drachman Award for “Excellence in Architecture”, 1990


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1670 east river road, suite 112

tucson, arizona 85718

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•    LEED Documentation for Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council established LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), an internationally recognized green building certification program, to provide third-party verification of green building practices. We have multiple projects in design and construction that will apply for LEED Certification upon completion.




LEED-Certified buildings are designed to:


•   Lower Operating Costs and Increase Asset Value

•   Reduce Waste Sent to Landfills

•   Conserve Energy and Water

•   Be Healthier and Safer for Occupants and Guests

•   Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gas Emissions


The following Green Building Practices and Technologies will reduce the environmental impact of a project, improve the occupant health and can contribute to LEED Certification.


Site Design

•   Minimize Site Disturbances

•   Erosion Control during and after Construction

•   Native Landscaping

•   Non-Toxic Pest control


Water Efficiency

•   Rainwater Harvesting & Grey Water Reuse

•   High-Efficiency Fixtures


Energy & Atmosphere

•   Energy Star Performance

•   Passive Solar Design through Architectural Shading

•   High Efficiency Mechanical Equipment

•   Energy Efficient Building Envelope & Window & Wall System

•   Photovoltaic Systems

•   Solar Water Heating

•   LED Lighting

•   Radiant Heating Systems


Materials & Resources

•   Specification of Environmental Preferable Products Including Renewable & Locally Produced Products

•   Construction Waste Reduction & Recycling


Indoor Environmental Quality

•   Specification of Low Emission Adhesives, Sealants & Finishes

•   Moisture Control & Mold Prevention

•   Enhanced Air Filtration & Outdoor Air Ventilation

•   Enhanced Exhaust Systems

•   Contaminant Control During Construction

•   Radon Protection

•   Garage Pollutant Protection