About Heise Design Studio

Heise Design Studio is committed to serving people who live and work in the Southwest, through our professional relationships and through offering the best of our practice. As registered architects, HDS provides professional services for many different clients with different architectural needs. In all our projects, we seek to establish open and communicative relationships so that the project is a success for all persons and the built environment.

Study for a rural art gallery at a pond's edge.


Aaron Heise, Owner + Principal Architect

Professional Experience

Heise Design Studio LLC ("HDS"), Flagstaff AZ, 2015-Present

Owner + Principal Architect

Aaron started Heise Design Studio in the Spring of 2015. HDS is a professional architecture firm licensed in Arizona and Colorado, with its home office in Flagstaff.

Smith Architects, Inc., Flagstaff AZ, 2009-2015

Project Architect, Project Manager

Architectural & Environmental Associates, Flagstaff AZ, 2006-2008

Project Manager


Master of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University ("Virginia Tech"), 2006

Presented the "Award for Excellence in Architectural Studies by a Graduate Student" in 2006. 

Bachelor of Arts, German & Comparative Literature, Hillsdale College, 1995

Volunteer Experience

Flagstaff Family Food Center, Flagstaff, AZ, 2016-Present

Kitchen Prep

Professional Registrations, Accreditations, & Affiliations

State of Arizona, Registered Architect, License #53363

State of Colorado, Registered Architect, License #ARC.00405110

Green Building Certification Institute, LEED-Accredited Professional

FlagstaffArchitects.Org, member


Erin O'Loughlin, Project Manager, A.I.T.

Professional Experience

Heise Design Studio LLC ("HDS"), Flagstaff AZ, 2017-Present

Project Manager, A.I.T.

Erin manages projects of all types for the firm. She brings her experience and skills to Sketchup 3D Modeling & Layout Drafting, Consultant Coordination, Project Design, and Rendering. 

Cosanti Originals, Arcosanti, AZ, 2014-2016

Manager of the Ceramics Department, Ceramicist

Cosanti Foundation, Arcosanti, AZ, 2013

Architectural Planning Intern

Weston Miles Architects, Morgan Hill, CA, 2011-2013

Architectural Designer/ Construction Administrator

County of Los Angeles department of Public Works, Architectural Engineering Division, Alhambra, CA, 2009

Architectural Intern


Bachelors of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, 2011

Outstanding Third Year Architecture Award 2009

Outstanding Second Year Architecture Award 2008 

Volunteer Experience

Arcosanti Leadership Team, Arcosanti, AZ, 2015-Present

Elected member

Habitat for Humanity, Soquel, CA & Morgan Hill, CA, 2010


Awards & Achievements

Designed a successful solo Kickstarter Project to create custom furniture of Arcosanti, 2015-2017

Selected as a presenting finalist for the SMOCA Good 'N' Plenty Arizona Creative Competition, 2015

Winner of Association for Women in Architecture Annual  Scholarship, 2009