Will Bruder, FAIA
president / lead design architect
For 40 years Will Bruder has explored inventive and contextually exciting architectural solutions in response to a site’s opportunity and the user needs. His work celebrates the craft of building in a manner not typical of contemporary architecture. Through his creative use of materials and light, Will is renowned for his ability to raise the ordinary to the extraordinary. Opening his first Arizona studio in 1974, Will continues to lead and mentor students of design from his firm in downtown Phoenix. He has led work for over 500 commissions, received prestigious national awards as well as lectured and been published all over the world. He has held numerous visiting chairs, most recently at University of Southern California, Illinois Institute of Technology, Yale University, MIT, University of Toronto, University of Virginia, Portland State University and University of Oregon. Will is actively engaged in his community in civic conversations regarding downtown Phoenix and the role of design in place-making within its fragile, young and optimistic urban desert environment. Self-trained as an architect, Will has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He supplemented his studio art education with further study of structural engineering, philosophy, art history and urban planning. He followed this with architectural apprenticeships under Paolo Soleri and Gunnar Birkerts.
senior project manager
Jeff’s association with Will Bruder dates back to 2000 when he was lead architect on the studio’s first multi- housing endeavors, the award winning Vale/ Tempe, Arizona, Loloma 5 Scottsdale, Arizona. Jeff took a decade hiatus in Chicago where he worked on several international projects of note and was directly involved with the restoration of two local seminal works by Mies van der Rohe – the iconic twin towers at 860-880 Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago Federal Center. Since returning to Phoenix in 2014 to rejoin Will Bruder Architects, Jeff has led efforts on El Dorado on1 St. Scottsdale, Horizon, 4UP and other multi-housing projects while supporting other studio projects with his valuable knowledge of code, zoning, energy and sustainability variables. With a scientific background including work in microbiology and virology, Jeff brings to architecture a phenotypic attention to detail. The rigors of the scientific method have also proven helpful in his garnering of several AIA and industry design awards. His architectural training has included studies at the University of Cape Town, the University of Newcastle under Pritzker laureate Glenn Murcutt and work with noted visionary architect Paolo Soleri. Having completed work in deserts Arabian to Sonoran, Jeff has an interest in promoting passive haus design, high performance buildings, and finely crafted details.
senior project manager
Kent has been working closely with Will since 2010, applying his diverse set of skills to the development of projects from inception through model making, design refinement, documentation as well as construction administration. He works across a continuously expanding range of architectural programs, building types, project scales and geographic locations. He was project architect for Billings Public Library, INGO’s Tasty Food, Nevada Museum of Art SkyRoom, E. L. Cord School, and Blackbird House, as well as the Sea Arc remodels/renovations. Kent also led efforts on the Kimball Arts Center competition. Kent has developed a thoughtful, empirically based approach to architectural problem solving. Presenting considered architectural solutions, with the highest level of craft and clarity, is at the core of Kent’s ethic. Prior to joining Will Bruder Architects Kent worked for six years at another distinguished Phoenix based design firm. Kent, a Missouri native, completed his architecture studies at Kansas State University in 2005.
Hart joined Will Bruder Architects in 2016. He got his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning in 2014. While in college Hart worked extensively in the design/build realm, gaining first-hand experience in design, production, and construction. In his fourth academic year, he attended the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. While abroad Hart traveled throughout Europe accruing a better perspective on the culture of international design. After graduation Hart joined an Iowa design firm to begin his career in architecture before relocating to the Southwest. Hart adds considerable building information modeling capability to the studio, necessary to thrive in the digital age.
Mary joined the studio in the fall of 2016, working to support all studio functions and projects. Born and educated in the Northeast Mary’s passion for climate driven design led her to the southwest where opportunities for such inquiry abound. She received her BA in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology in May of 2016. Her engineering based architectural education allowed her to expand upon her interest in sustainability, specifically in bio-enabled and autonomous design. This manifested in proposals using alternative fuels such as algae and waste materials as a source of energy to power their host buildings, as well as the surrounding area. These proposals for local neighborhoods emphasized her views of architecture as a catalyst for sensitive urban living. While interning for a local firm in Newark, she was able to engage with her community by renovating several previously abandoned spaces to function as affordable income housing. Subsequent work for a firm in lower Manhattan focused on smaller scale projects, applying spatial efficiency to high-end interiors, and designing adaptable and multifunctional spaces. Mary looks forward to adding her perspective to Phoenix based work that weaves together vernacular and contemporary design.