Saguaro Land: Jones Studio's architecture is inspired by the Sonoran Desert

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 - 11:42am
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 - 5:32pm

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Saguaro Land is a series from The Show looking at the Sonoran Desert — the lushest, hottest desert in the world that happens to be our home.

Brian Farling is one of the principals at Jones Studio, an architecture firm in Tempe that's made a name for itself as the place to go for modern, sustainable design inspired by the Sonoran Desert. 

Brian Farling.
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Brian Farling

The studio was founded in 1979 by Eddie Jones. He followed Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri to the desert in search of the Sonoran landscape they prized. He was joined by his brother Niel a few years later and they grew from there. 

Farling joined them straight out of school in 1998. A kid who grew up in Pennsylvania, he’d visited a cousin at the University of Arizona and fell in love with the desert. 

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