Rick Joy: Taking the time

Rick Joy of Rick Joy Architects delivers a Current Work lecture.

April 29, 2015
7:00 p.m.

Rick Joy Architects | Princeton Station Hall, Princeton, NJ, 2015. Credit: Gustavo Ramirez

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Rick Joy of Rick Joy Architects will present his work in a public lecture, to be followed by a conversation with Billie Tsien.

Rick Joy Architects is a design–build practice that emphasizes the integrity of material, the process of making, and form. As Joy writes, his vision is to “create architecture that is regionally sympathetic and well grounded in the context and community of its place.”

Joy founded his Tucson-based firm in 1993. Current projects include a mixed-use boutique hotel, Austin, Texas; One&Only Resort, Nayarit, Mexico; Le Cabanon Family Retreat, Turks and Caicos Islands; Princeton University Arts & Transit Plaza, Station, Store, Existing Station Restaurant and Café, Princeton, New Jersey; Speedway & Campbell Gateway Project, Tucson, Arizona; and an apartment building in Mexico City. Recently completed projects include Sun Valley House, Idaho; Lone Mountain Ranch House, Golden, New Mexico; Amangiri Resort Hotel and Spa in Canyon Point, Utah; Woodstock Farm Estate, Woodstock, Vermont; Adobe Canyon House, Patagonia, Arizona; Tubac House, Tubac, Arizona; Rubio Avenue Office Complex, Tucson; as well as Convent Avenue Live/Work Studios, Tucson.

His work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in 2010; the Venice Biennale in 2012; and in “Welcome Home,” a film for the exhibition House & Home commissioned by the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, in 2012. Princeton Architectural Press published the monograph Rick Joy: Desert Works in 2002.

Rick Joy Architects has won five Record Houses Awards; a Local Genius Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, in 2012; the National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institute/Cooper-Hewitt Museum in 2004; the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2002; as well as AIA Arizona Honor Awards for Tubac House and 400 Rubio Avenue Studio in 2001. Recently named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Joy is also an Architectural League 2000 Emerging Voice and 1996 League Prize winner.

Billie Tsien is co-founder and principal of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. She is president of The Architectural League of New York.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



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