Wendell Burnette

Wendell Burnette is a self-taught architect with an internationally recognized body of work. Based in Phoenix for over 20 years, his eponymous studio Wendell Burnette Architects is concerned with space, light, context, and community.  He is a native of Nashville who discovered the southwest desert as an apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. His 11-year association with the studio of Will Bruder culminated in a six-year design collaboration on the Phoenix Central Library. He was a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University for 15+ years and continues to teach and lecture widely in the United States and abroad.


His projects include residences located locally and nationally, the Palo Verde Library/Maryvale Community Center and the much-acclaimed Amangiri Resort in southern Utah, as well as current work in China, Canada, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. In 2009, Burnette received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City recognizing an American Architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, which was accompanied by an exhibition at the Academy in the same year. Most recently, his first full-length monograph, Dialogues in Space, was released worldwide by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers in 2015. His design philosophy is grounded in listening and distilling the essence of a project to create highly specific architecture that is at once functional and poetic