Protz Studio is an architecture, design, and visual arts practice based in Tucson, Arizona. We focus on interiority, atmosphere and interface with the environment to generate innovative material and visual narratives.


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Protz Studio is an architecture, design, and visual arts practice based in Tucson, Arizona. We focus on interiority, atmosphere and interface with the environment to generate innovative material and visual narratives.

Our architectural designs strive to provoke the senses, engage the imagination, and evoke a feeling of timelessness. We’re intimately involved with the craft of our projects, working with builders and fabricators through every phase. We provide a full range of architectural services from concept development to construction administration.

Our studio also specializes in the custom design and production of ceramic tile artworks. Through active research and experimentation, our pattern-based pieces reflect our devotion to exploring materials and our interest in creating transformative interiors. We integrate this work into our architectural projects and have produced pieces for a range of commercial and private clients.

Our architectural designs strive to provoke the senses, engage the imagination, and evoke a feeling of timelessness. We’re intimately involved with the craftsmanship of our projects, working with builders and fabricators through every phase. We provide a full range of architectural services from concept development to construction administration.

Our studio also specializes in the custom design and production of ceramic tile artworks. Through active research and experimentation, our pattern-based pieces reflect our devotion to exploring materials and our interest in creating transformative interiors. We integrate this work into our architectural projects and have produced pieces for a range of commercial and private clients.

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Shawn Protz

Shawn Protz grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Architecture and a Minor in Hispanic Studies while earning varsity letters in wrestling along with the Norman J. Goldring Prize. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and is a registered architect in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania as well as LEED certified. He has nearly a decade of experience in architecture including working with award-winning practices KieranTimberlake and Rick Joy Architects among others. Shawn has taught courses in architecture at the School of Architecture at Taliesin, the University of Arizona, and Auburn University. His interest in ceramic tile and pattern grew from travels to Spain, Portugal, and Brazil, the latter as part of the Butler Traveling Fellowship.


Registered Architect, LEED AP BD+C

Shawn Protz

Shawn Protz grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Major in Architecture and a Minor in Hispanic Studies while earning varsity letters in wrestling along with the Norman J. Goldring Prize. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and is a registered architect in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania as well as LEED certified. He has nearly a decade of experience in architecture including working with award-winning practices KieranTimberlake and Rick Joy Architects among others. Shawn has taught courses in architecture at the School of Architecture at Taliesin, the University of Arizona, and Auburn University. His interest in ceramic tile and pattern grew from travels to Spain, Portugal, and Brazil, the latter as part of the Butler Traveling Fellowship.

Registered Architect, LEED AP BD+C

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Chrissy McMillan-Protz

Chrissy McMillan grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a major in Art & Archaeology and a minor in Visual Arts while earning the Irma S. Seitz Prize, Lucas Prize, and Shapiro Prize. She also received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has nearly a decade of experience in design, fabrication, installation, and public art which she has developed as Director of Public Art at Creative Machines and while working with several architects and visual artists along the East Coast. Chrissy has taught courses in architecture at the University of Arizona. Her interest in design and visual arts began in elementary school while competing in the Odyssey of the Mind program, and she currently serves on the Arizona Odyssey State Board of Directors.

Chrissy McMillan-Protz

Chrissy McMillan grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a major in Art & Archaeology and a minor in Visual Arts while earning the Irma S. Seitz Prize, Lucas Prize, and Shapiro Prize. She also received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has nearly a decade of experience in design, fabrication, installation, and public art which she has developed as Director of Public Art at Creative Machines and while working with several architects and visual artists along the East Coast. Chrissy has taught courses in architecture at the University of Arizona. Her interest in design and visual arts began in elementary school while competing in the Odyssey of the Mind program, and she currently serves on the Arizona Odyssey State Board of Directors.

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Photoviz—Chez Tex: ©Mike Kelley

Photos—Chez Tex: ©Laure Joliet

Photos—Protz Studio tile: ©Kristen Brockel

Photos—Shepherd St NW: ©Craig Cook

Photo—Anello: ©Roehner+Ryan

Photoviz—Chez Tex ©Mike Kelley
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Photos—Chez Tex ©Laure Joliet
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Photos—Protz Studio tile ©Kristen Brockel
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Photos—Shepherd St NW ©Craig Cook
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Photo—Anello ©Roehner+Ryan


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