3121 E Kleindale Road / Tucson, AZ 85716(520) 888-7665

Arzate Design Group, LLC.

Your Local Outdoor Artists


When it comes to creating outdoor living space in Arizona’s climate, the pool is an essential consideration. Enter, Arzate Design Group. The firm, led by Carlos Arzate, is elevating the art of pool and waterscape design through customization and technology. When on a project, Arzate and his team collaborate closely with the client to build unique concepts that age well. “We never recycle designs,” Arzate says. They also incorporate smartphone-controlled functions and alert systems, and host “Get to Know Your Pool” courses at ADG’s design center. As for the modern homeowner’s backyard goals, Arzate points to an increased focus on locality. “More of our clients are trying to live with the desert, rather than attempting to control it,” he says. “In the past, everyone wanted grass and trees that required large amounts of water. Now, people are open to concepts that use watershed and implement native specimens.”

Meet the Arzate DESIGN group Team

Carlos Arzate, Owner/Designer

Carlos Arzate brings over 13 years of pool design, project management and construction experience to the Arzate Design Group organization. A native Tucsonan, Carlos is passionate about designing pools and landscapes that work harmoniously with the unique Sonoran Desert climate. His goal is a top notch design that minimizes the clients residual costs of owning a pool while maximizing their enjoyment. Have you ever heard of a sustainable pool in the desert? It’s possible and he would love to talk to you about it.Email: carlos@arzatedesigngroup.com

John Fish, Designer

John Fish first came to Tucson from Texas at 10 years old and quickly became infatuated with the abundance of the Sonoran Desert. After studying Architecture & Engineering, he crossed over into Landscape Design in the early 80’s and found his calling. While working as a Landscape Designer, the request for swimming pools became a top desire on homeowners’ wish lists and he decided to move into the field of swimming pool design and construction in 1988. In 1991 he moved to Seattle and worked with builders and architects on custom estates and residential projects for 24 years throughout the Greater Puget Sound. He then returned to Tucson to design swimming pools and met Carlos in 2004. A friendship developed and in 2017 he joined the Arzate Design Group team. With over 30 years of experience, he shares common goals of listening to the client, learning how to meet their needs and brings the best ideas and practices possible to his projects. John looks forward to bringing an oasis of outdoor living to your desert home.Email: fish@arzatedesigngroup.com

Micaela Machado, Designer

Micaela (AKA “Beba”) Machado grew up camping and riding horses in her beloved hometown of Nogales, AZ. She moved to Tucson to attend Salpointe Catholic High School then earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. For many years Micaela worked as a sculptor of naturalistic environments, then returned to Tucson to earn her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from CAPLA at the University of Arizona. As a Landscape Designer, Micaela focuses on Luxury Sustainable Designs with an emphasis on Native Plantings and Water Harvesting. She is currently the Vice President of the AZ chapter of the National Association of Professional Landscape Designers where she continues her design education to stay current on all things Landscape Design and Luxury Outdoor Living, and continues to build her resource network of designers and contractors. You can also find Micaela instructing the SmartScape Design series class which is an extension of a University of Arizona program that teaches landscape professionals about best sustainable practices. Micaela’s passion for sustainability has led her to a career in Hemp building as well and is currently earning her General Contractor’s license to lead the movement of sustainable builds in Tucson. She aims to make Tucson one of the most sustainable cities in the US with our building practices. Micaela’s education, experience, drive and artistic talent make her a great asset to our Design Team…AND, Se habla espanol!

Email: micaela@arzatedesigngroup.com
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