Making Dreams a Reality

Making Dreams a Reality

Architect Jeff Page has traveled the world finding inspiration for his modern designs

By Sherry Jackson

From the Scottsdale Airpark to Bali, Africa, India, Spain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, architect Jeff Page has provided a solid vision and stunning designs for many high-end commercial and residential projects across the world.

Page has been an architect for more than 30 years. He studied architecture in Syracuse before moving to Arizona in 1988 to further his architectural studies at ASU. Then he returned to New York where he spent eight years practicing architecture and learning the craft at the drafting boards, just before computers entered the game.

“I always had a love for the desert and had a yearning to return to Phoenix,” he says.

Page founded his boutique Scottsdale-based company, SpaceLineDesign Architects, in 1996 and has designed several buildings in the Airpark. One project incorporated an aeronautical theme for 10,000 square feet of commercial office space for a private financial institution on the east side of the runway. He also designed a modern kitchen and bath showroom on the west side of the Airpark.

Page specializes in modern and contemporary designs and likes to include decorative architectural elements to his projects. About 80% of his work is design/build for residential and commercial clients and the rest is focused on master planning and conceptualizing designs for developers. Parametric design, a process based on repeating geometric designs, is prevalent in Page’s work and yet he never repeats a design, always giving his clients a truly unique product.

“I like to have a very special journey in the home when you go to the master bedroom. I like to have a certain hierarchy to the house,” Page says. “The foyer is your orientation point, but I don’t like to reveal all the views at once. I like it to be more of a journey as you progress through the home. I also always like to have an element of custom art or architecture or texture that form a transition into another area.”

One of his first projects in Arizona was a 2,100-square-foot cabana for a local attorney at Phoenix’s Biltmore Circle. The cabana was featured on HGTV, as well as published in several magazines and books.

“It was very creative, very stylish and crafty,” he says. “That was a nice, good start.”

In 2008, Page and his wife, Mahsa, who is an interior designer (they frequently team up on projects together), had an opportunity to move to Dubai.

While there, Page had his hand in designing, consulting and managing luxury residential and iconic commercial developments, including one of the largest upscale BMW/Rolls Royce dealerships in the world in Abu Dhabi. Page also provided on-site architectural guidance for a five-star hotel on the West Crescent of Palm Jumeirah, including a beach-side restaurant, large resort pool and themed water park.

“We had a great chance to work on some really amazing and interesting large, commercial, billion-dollar-range projects,” Page says. “I went from creating office spaces in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area, to managing the evolution of a project that included 21 towers that were 24 stories each.”

Page says he learned a lot from his experiences in the Middle East. “Dubai is very cutting-edge and very fast-paced. They hire the crème de la creme of consultants, so I was always working with the best of the best and with the latest technologies.”

While residing in Dubai, Page traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a senior delegate to engage government officials, open up diplomatic channels and provide an evaluation on existing and future infrastructure such as deep water ports, rail, roads, major undeveloped land tracts and project development in Kinshasa and throughout the DRC.

A project in Bali provided Page the opportunity to design a 15-acre, exclusive cliff-side property for a 54-room, six penthouse suite, luxury resort hotel with 25 private villas for an Indonesian hospitality development company. He also designed 21 luxury villas and a 45-room boutique hotel for the 32-acre private island of Gili Nanggu in Lombok, Indonesia.

Technology plays a strong role in his business and Page enjoys using cutting-edge applications, including building information modeling, 3D flyovers and virtual reality. Customers can don a VR headset and do a 3D virtual walk-through of their home, office or building he has designed.

For residential projects, Page incorporates the newest features in his designs such as wine rooms and game rooms, high-thermal energy efficiencies and water features. For commercial projects, air conditioning efficiency with well-balanced, thermostat-controlled rooms play a big factor as does posh amenities such as showcase-type clubhouses and features for residents in master-planned communities.

“We strive for that unique, custom look. There’s also a certain level of DNA that comes from an architect’s past and future. Our experience in the Middle East provides a level of luxury, of thoughtful, elegant geometries. I like homes that have a poetry to them.”

Currently, Page is working on a luxury home project in Fountain Hills, a few doctors’ offices and a vegan restaurant/rock ‘n’ roll bar in Tempe. He’s also working with a developer to find land for a small 12-luxury villa community centered around a common area somewhere in Phoenix.

“We’re not about trying to max out density,” Page says. “I like to have a lot of landscaping and trees. I like to provide a sense of place.”

Page, like many architects, has a dream project he’d like to see completed one day: a 200-person, underwater restaurant he’s dubbed MantaSea. Page has already come up with the concept design and is just waiting for an investor and developer to make his dream a reality.

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