Wendell Burnette, FAIA, Principal


10 March 1962 Nashville, Tennessee


State of Arizona
State of Utah
State of Wisconsin


Predominantly self-study observation including 3 years (June 1980-June 1983) at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and extensive travel at home and abroad in Argentina, Austria, Bali, China, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Denmark, England, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Java, Lichtenstein, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand.


May 1996 – Present
Wendell Burnette Architects Phoenix, Arizona


July 1985 – May 1996
William P. Bruder-Architect, Ltd. New River, Arizona


June 1983 – June 1985
William Mims Associates, Inc. Nashville, Tennessee


June 1980 -June 1983
Taliesin West Scottsdale, Arizona


Sept 1978 – May 1980
William Mims Associates, Inc. Nashville, Tennessee

Educated in the practice of architecture through 34 years of direct experience spanning a wide range of public and private work, Mr. Burnette’s self-taught curriculum includes a three-year period at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Burnette’s eleven-year association with the studio of William Bruder culminated in a six-year design collaboration on the New Phoenix Central Library as co-designer, project architect, and field architect. He founded the studio of Wendell Burnette Architects in 1996. He is also a Professor of Practice at The Design School at Arizona State University where he has been teaching since 2000.


Burnette has traveled widely in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas to assimilate a world perspective of architecture. In the United States and specifically in the American deserts he has absorbed a unique, regional understanding of place. His work has been presented in over 150 publications worldwide. Burnette’s architecture has received local and national awards, and due to this recognition, continues to be invited as a guest lecturer, teacher and critic at Universities and AIA events across North America.