Merge Architectural Group was founded in 2012 by Carlos Murieta and Clarisa del Castillo. After more than twenty years practicing architecture and engineering, they saw a need for a different approach to the delivery of design services – a more collaborative way of meeting the client’s needs. This philosophy formed the core of Merge’s business model.
We follow 7 principles to assure that we can provide responsiveness, quality and cost control throughout the project:
WE COLLABORATE: The whole is more than the sum of its parts. The dynamic interplay we as architects
and you as clients have will make the project unique and successful. We can combine our ideas and
knowledge to produce an effective and cost-conscious project.
WE ADAPT: Our work adapts the environment of our projects into provocative designs. We find
inspiration on the site, the program, and in the buildings, we work with. We take in the existing
conditions with eyes wide open in order to draw out harmonious architectural solutions, always
integrating instead of changing and always being aware of the budget.
WE INTERACT: The interaction with clients, user groups, and the specific building itself fosters
meaningful architecture. Building a project community by threading together input from many
constituencies can result in rich heterogeneous, civic places.
WE RE-OCCUPY: Every building tells a story. Coaxing new life out of used structures often results in
surprising creations. We enjoy nothing more than adding our chapter to these stories told by buildings
and spaces with which we have the privilege to engage.
WE INTEGRATE: Our lives are not neatly zoned and compartmentalized; they are inextricably
intertwined. Our buildings and campuses can successfully reflect the way we live though the integration
of social, educational and cultural activities. Vital crosscurrents of public integration bring everyday
opportunities for civic life.
WE STIMULATE: Spaces that stimulate our sense are the best educational environments. Students
perform better in spaces with balanced natural light; the best architecture is one that carefully
manipulates light and coordinates it with color to brighten any space.
WE INNOVATE: We strive to produce identifiable designs that stretch and invigorate the imagination.
Our work, while responsibly accommodating project requirements, always offers unique thoughtful
memorable architecture to inspire pride.
Arizona. Mexico. New Mexico
Where We Work
Who We Are
Merge Architectural Group was founded in 2012 by Carlos Murieta and Clarisa del Castillo.
Carlos A. Murrieta
AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C
Clarisa del Castillo
AIA, LEED AP ID+C