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Nick Tsontakis (BBHS ’72)

Born: 1955, Chania, Crete

After graduating BBHS, Nick Tsontakis attended the McGill University School of Architecture in Montreal where he graduated with Distinction in 1978.

He was employed by the leading Montreal firm of Dimakopoulos and Partners and was involved in design development for all projects in the firm. He participated in three major competitions, notably the Montreal Convention Center, the International Competition for the Communications Tower of Algiers and the Quebec City Provincial Courthouse. The latter two were competition winners.

He had been principal of Nick Tsontakis Architects in Montreal from 1981 to 2001, and is a former member of the Order of Architects of Quebec (OAQ) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He is a registered architect in the states of Arizona and Hawaii and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Tsontakis is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He has been principal of Tsontakis Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1996.

Tsontakis has designed and realized hundreds of projects in Canada, the United States and Europe. His unique approach to Architecture and Interiors has earned him an esteemed reputation in his field. He has won prestigious local, national and international competitions. His work has been published in numerous periodicals such as GQ, The Canadian Architect, The Arizona Republic, Design & Architecture, Scottsdale Modern Luxury, Arizona Foothills, Northeast Mesa Lifestyle, Design Stories, Sources + Design, Green Living Magazine, Arizona Business Gazette, Montreal Business Magazine, Les Affaires Quebec, Decor-Mag, Chez-Soi and The Montreal Gazette. He is an invited guest on House Talk on KKNT AM 960 and his work has been profiled on NBC 12 News Today and AZ Home Show TV.

Tsontakis has received numerous awards for his work including the Deka Award for Excellence in Design by the Hellenic Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in 1997, two Mame Awards from the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona both in 2007, the Award of Merit from the Structural Engineering Association of Arizona in 2009, and the 2014 Arizona Masonry Guild’s Excellence in Architecture Award.

In 2010, Tsontakis founded Arizona Residential Architects (ARA), a publication and networking group which fosters relationships within the design and construction community and promotes exceptional work. The magazine has a circulation of 62,000 copies per year. He serves as Director and Publisher.

In 2015, he also became publisher of Arizona Forum (AzF), a bi-annual journal dedicated to exploring critical themes of design relevant to Arizona Architecture. In the same year, he served on the Board of Directors of AIA Arizona.

Click to hear Nick recall his days at BBHS in a video interview.

Following is a selection of some recent projects.