Born and raised in mid-century Phoenix, and educated at Arizona State University (Architecture 1973), Don Ryden is a dedicated design professional who tirelessly integrates the practices of architecture, planning, and historic preservation. Don Ryden has combined his life-long fascination for artistry in buildings, respect for heritage places, and sense of ecological responsibility through his specialization in heritage conservation. In 1994, his achievements were recognized by the State of Arizona through the Governor’s Merit Award for Historic Preservation. Under his leadership, Ryden Architects, Inc. was honored as AIA Arizona Firm of the Year 2008. In 2012, his architect peers presented Don Ryden with the AIA Arizona Architects Medal for his contributions to the community and to the profession. As a scholar, author, and illustrator, he has revealed Phoenix’s spirit of place through its world-class “architecture of optimism” in the groundbreaking book Midcentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture of Phoenix 1945-1975.