Through teaching, writing and workshops
Alison King sets up unforgettable experiences
that motivate people to make art & design

Associate Professor Alison King Phoenix Arizona

By day, Alison King is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Phoenix. By night she's an artist and is the editorial force behind ModernPhoenix.net, an active community that is reshaping the face of Phoenix one building at a time — and in some cases rescuing city icons from total destruction.

She's out in the community and fighting hard for its preservation through writing, education and documentation. Undaunted by failure and fueled by fire, Alison interprets design history in a way that sweeps people off their asses and into action.


Marion Estates: A Quiet Midcentury Neighborhood in the Middle of it All for Modern Phoenix
Where Cantilever Meets Coyote: Post-War Architects in Post-Wright Arizona
for Art Ltd. Magazine
The Phoenix Financial Center aka Western Savings and Loan
for Modern Phoenix
The Ralph Haver Archive
for Modern Phoenix
Foreword for Midcentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture in Phoenix by The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office and Ryden Architects
Arizona at Midcentury: Photographs by Julius Shulman
for Modern Phoenix
Farewell to Mountain Bell for Modern Phoenix
Demolition of Washburn Piano for Modern Phoenix
Talk like a Phoenician
for Java magazine
Ralph Haver for Wikipedia
Remixing Phoenix for 944 magazine
Jazz Standard: The Lorna House
for Desert Living and Modern Phoenix
Restoration Yardware
[PDF] for Desert Living and Modern Phoenix
Research Your Midcentury Home using Primary Sources
for Modern Phoenix
Al Beadle's Executive Towers
for Modern Phoenix
The Madole-Sedona West Studio
for Modern Phoenix


Jimmie Ray Nunn FAIA: An Honest Architect by Jennifer Gunther
All About Paradise Gardens in supporting collaboration with journalist David Tyda
100 Degrees of Design
[PDF] for Desert Living in collaboration with David Tyda and Joey Robert Parks
There's No Place Like Sunnyslope by Marshall Shore
DK Taylor: Scottsdale's Mysterious Modern Master by Taz Loomans
How Superlite Shaped Phoenix into the Block Capital of America by Taz Loomans
The Cedar Street Residence
by CoLab
Growing up Haver
by Bucky Haver
Holy Houses!
by Walt Lockley with Alison King
The Scoville House: Requiem in Shades of Gray
by Walt Lockley
Banking on Progress: The Valley National Banks
by Walt Lockley
Contemporary Landscaping with Xerophytic Plants
by Thomas Park
20 Questions with Environmental Designer Troy Bankord


Phoenix Preservationist Receives American Express Aspire Award
Ralph Haver and the Vig Uptown
Phoenix X Design
Demo of Al Beadle's Mountain Bell Building


Into the land of McMansions, Alison King leads her Midcentury Modern Army in The Arizona Republic
Phoenix: at Home with Alison King
 in Java magazine
The Vig Goes Uptown: Preserving the City Through Adaptive Re-Use in Java Magazine
Meet Alison King of Modern Phoenix in Retro Renovation
Save Our City in Java Magazine [PDF]
A Midcentury Modern Kind of Love on Phoenix Art Space
A Phoenix man scored when he bought Ralph Haver's family home for a song in the Phoenix New Times
Kings of Modernism in Desert Living magazine [PDF]
Rolodex // SUN in Item magazine including Top 5 Signs You're a Modern Phoenician


American Express Aspire Award National Trust for Historic Preservation 2013
Daughters of the American Revolution Arizona Chapter Award for Historic Preservation 2014
AZ Central Critic's Pick for Best Home Tour 2012 + 2013 + 2014
The New Times Best of Phoenix 2009 + 2011 + 2012 + 2013 + 2014, Best Home Tour
The Art Institute of Phoenix Faculty of the Quarter 2014
AIA Arizona Chapter Award of Distinction 2010
WebAwards Standard of Excellence, Architecture Category 2009
AIA Arizona Chapter President's Commendation 2008
The Art Institute of Phoenix Vanguard Award 2007 + 2010
The New Times Best of Phoenix Award 2006
944 magazine Platinum Award 2006


Branding Arizona for AIGA 2014
Design Like a MoPho for Phoenix Design Week 2013
Where Cantilever Meets Coyote for Palm Springs Modernism Week and Burton Barr Library 2013 + 2014
History of Marion Estates for 6oth Anniversary Celebration
Julius Shulman in Phoenix for Pecha Kucha Phoenix 2010
Everyman's Modernism: The Haver + Nunn Partnership in Phoenix 2009 -2014
Julius Shulman: Progress + Preservation Through the Lens 2009 - 2014
The Ranch Home in the Valley of the Sun
Get Found on Google: SEO for Smarties


The traditional version
The infographic version


"I take my hat off to you. You are one of the few who authentically walks the talk."

Eddie Jones
Principal Architect
Jones Studio

"Modern Phoenix has truly become an indispensable cultural resource."

Thomas Martens

"Many thanks for your passion and interest in understanding, excavating and preserving the legacy of modernism in one the 20th century's most important regions."

Anthea M. Hartig, Ph.D.
National Trust for Historic Preservation

"Every time I go to your site, I get really jealous. It's perfect!"

Margaret Foster
National Trust for Historic Preservation

"I've been frying my brain reading and watching the Modern Phoenix website for the last 3 1/2 hrs. It's like a book I can't put down. Seriously addicting."

Marc Patlan
Nostalgic Alley


Vintage Greatest Hits from Pixelpixie.net in
all their glorious modesty. Be understanding
of photographic technology 16 years ago.

The Street Art of James de la Vega [1998]
The most complete snapshot of his work in the 90s

The Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk [2002]
The Web's only comprehensive source on the Desk

The Garden of Unearthly Delights [2001]
Longtime internet favorite on cacti and succulents

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