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Inspiring Conversations with Jeffrey Page of SpaceLineDesign Architects

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeffrey Page.

Hi Jeffrey, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Upstate New York, as green as it is, can be a cold and snowy place. It was there that I built my first ‘residential structure’- a small wooden fort on stilts with a tiny wood stove to provide this 10-year-old with a sense of shelter and protection. It is difficult to know what the future holds when you’re that young, but 12 years later found me entering my formal studies of architecture, and so beginning my life long affair.

Syracuse NY is where I went to a local college and studied mechanical engineering for a few years, then switched to aerospace engineering, finally earning two degrees before realizing it was architecture all along that I needed to focus on. I packed up and drove out to Phoenix in 1988* to further my architectural studies at ASU for a couple of years, before leaving that program to take a position with a noteworthy firm back in NY.

There I finished my professional qualifications and subsequently passed the national licensing exam. I designed and built my own first architecturally modern home out in the countryside on a two-acre spread, and then sold it and traveled 3 months through Europe before deciding Phoenix is where I need to be! So, I set off on a cross-country journey from Syracuse New York over to Vancouver and back down to Phoenix, where I met my first client through just pure luck.

That project was a unique, highly detailed detached office/guest house on the Biltmore Circle Adobe Course overlooking the first hole water hazard and straight at the Monk. The floors were black granite & copper and this luxurious retreat was lucky to be published in several magazines, books as well as on HGTV. The year was 1996- around the beginning of cell phones and just before computers became integrated into our lives, so that was the last project that I had the pleasure of hand drafting~ graphite on mylar, ahhh so nice!

(Today 25 years later and we’re using Oculus Rift II with Gravity Sketch and other software to move beyond the desktop and into 3d virtual design worlds.) Over the next 12 years, I formed SpaceLineDesign Architects and created many unique modern homes and commercial spaces throughout the valley. One lucky ‘Thursday Night Art Walk’ in downtown Scottsdale I met my wife Mahsa Page who is now head of our interior design department.

In 2008 we had the irresistible offer to go work in Dubai, one of the greatest cities ever for architects. The projects there were all over the architectural spectrum and quite fantastic in scope, breadth, and technology. We sold our Cave Creek home and trekked off to the UAE where we interacted with a tremendous team of international players, working non-stop to build dozens of towers, hotels, monuments, and mega-structures.

My first position was with a prominent local architectural firm where I was Senior PM, managing and consulting on luxury multi-story iconic commercial developments, including one of the largest upscale BMW/Rolls Royce dealerships in the world, right in Abu Dhabi. The West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah was the location for another 5-star hotel project where I provided on-site architectural guidance, design consulting, and project programming for a 350 key hotel plus a beach-side restaurant, a large resort pool, and a themed water park.

We had a great experience working on some amazing and interesting large-scale, billion-dollar projects, such as managing the development teams and 16 consultants for the IMPZ project– a 35-acre futuristic development that included 21 towers that were 16-24 stories tall. We also took on private commissions over there and designed many large luxurious custom homes in several neighboring countries.

I certainly learned a lot from those experiences in the Middle East. Dubai will always be cutting-edge, fast-paced, and dynamic with a massive influx of multicultural talents. Working on exciting world-class projects with globally acclaimed consultants was thrilling~ mixing with the various cultures and utilizing the best and latest technologies with a common goal of creating something spectacular.

During our 8 years-time in Dubai, we got to travel quite a lot. Mahsa is from Iran so it was very easy for us to pop over through the Strait of Hormuz (glancing down and seeing transport and battleships far below!), then on to visit her family in Shiraz. We had such delicious food there, met many interesting people, and hiked some of their tall rugged peaks.

Back in Dubai, one developer I worked for had their head office on the entire 114th floor of the Burj Khalifa, so every day I had the most beautiful views of all downtown and Persian Gulf, often shrouded in mist due to the heat & humidity. With this Asian Developer we were working on designing local 60 story towers, but I also traveled to the African Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a senior delegate to engage government officials for city-scale property developments.

It was incredibly poor, but wealthy with potential so we investigated the landscape and prepared reports of existing and future infrastructure deficiencies and proposals for vital services such as deepwater ports, rail, roads, energy, and major undeveloped land tracts, suitable for mega-scale project development in Kinshasa and throughout the DRC. It was quite a dangerous city and I was always worried about getting bit by mosquitos!

Later, a project in Bali provided my interior designer wife Mahsa & I the opportunity to design a 15-acre, exclusive cliff-side property for a 54-room, six penthouse- luxury resort hotel with 25 private villas scattered across a tropical slope, overlooking the Indian Ocean for an Indonesian hospitality development company.

We also designed a 30-acre private island called Gili Nanggu in Lombok, Indonesia. This was privately owned and we master-planned 21 luxury villas and a 45-room boutique hotel and spent several months living in Bali while designing the project. I got to scuba dive a WW2 wreck and ride jetboats through the Bali Strait which is a very turbulent mixing of the currents on the way out to the island and some more great diving!

Technology plays a strong role in our business model and we enjoy using cutting-edge applications, including BIM: building information modeling- Revit, realistic 3D flythroughs, and virtual reality interactions. Our clients don our VR headset and do a 3D virtual walk-through of their home, office, or building and see super realistic immersive 3d experiences before it’s even built.

I have been an architect for more than 35 years now, and it has been a constant process of study, learning, and integrating information and technology to create forward-thinking, clever, and rational designs.

We strive for our own unique, custom look. There’s a certain level of design DNA that comes from an architect’s past and future. Our experience in the Middle East informs us of a sense of luxury, of thoughtful, elegant geometries and pleasing forms, but it also instills an inclination to daring- I like our homes to have a feeling of poetry in their geometric expressions and be in touch with nature.

“We Architects like to dwell in fantasy, but we’re always brought back to reality, by reality.” -JHP

* “Having watched a lot of Wile E. Coyote vs. Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner series as a kid in the ’60s helps explain why I was somehow drawn to the Arizona desert setting from a very young age.”

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This profession of Architecture, like many, is fraught with challenges. You have to rise above and strive to be your best, and then you will always discover there is so much more to do.

We’ve been impressed with SpaceLineDesign Architects, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Space Line Design Architects, LLC is a boutique architectural + interior design firm based in Scottsdale Arizona, focused on thoughtful, creative custom residential and commercial building designs throughout the desert Southwest, and anywhere in the world.

Principal architect Jeffrey H Page brings over thirty-five years of experience creating stunning modern designs for custom homes, vacation villas, boutique hotels, luxurious island resorts, multi-family master-plans, office buildings, medical offices, tenant improvements, restaurants, retail, and more.

“SpaceLineDesign Architects- We shape more than just Spaces and Places- We shape the World around You.” Design partners Jeff & Mahsa Page have created multiple unique spaces in many parts of the globe and have over 20 years of US-based design expertise, plus a recent eight years of international design experience centered in Dubai and other countries.

We offer design consulting to clients the world over: Custom Residential, Vacation Villas, Homes, Apartments, Offices, and Commercial Buildings, Master Planned Communities, and Tropical Island Resorts.

SpaceLineDesign Architects have designed many iconic projects in several global locations including New York, Phoenix, Seattle, and Internationally in Dubai, Abu Dhabi-UAE, plus Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Muscat-Oman, Kuwait, Kerala-India, Bali-Indonesia, Lombok-Indonesia, Dar es Salaam-Tanzania, Abuja-Nigeria, Kinshasa DR Congo, Majorca Spain.

What’s next?
Currently, we have 5 nice modern homes on the boards or about ready for permits & construction so that will occupy a lot of our future and we’re always looking for more! We do have some pet projects we are working the back angles on, so we’ll have to see!

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