69: Cavin Costello

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives

Cavin Costello
Cavin Costello is co-founder of the The Ranch Mine, a redesign and redevelopment firm that's dedicated to the long term improvement of the urban cores of greater Phoenix.

He started the firm with his girlfriend Claire Aton after graduating with a masters in architecture from Northeastern University, driving from the East Coast to Phoenix to find a job (yes, in the recession), and quickly figuring out he'd rather take on his own projects.

Costello says he was inspired by his professor, Michael LeBlanc, and the work his former colleagues Will Bruder, Wendell Burnette, Rick Joy, and Jack Debartolo III were doing in Phoenix. He and Aton just finished redesigning and redeveloping the first-ever Phoenix Green Construction Code project, The Castaway House.

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Cavin Costello
I came to Phoenix with... A dream of helping develop Phoenix into a world class 21st century city.

I make art because... Art can be the difference between a place you have to be and a place you want to be.

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Cavin Costello
I'm most productive when... I am on the jobsite with my partner, Claire. We spend hours exploring the uniqueness of each house, choreographing the redesign by simulating how people will live there throughout each day.

My inspiration wall is full of... Architecture/Urban Planning books and photos of my family. The books give me inspiration for what to do, and the photos remind me why I do it. One of my all-time favorite books that is always out is "Case Study Houses" by Elizabeth Smith and Peter Gossel. I also am also currently very inspired by the work of Jonathan Segal.

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Cavin Costello
I've learned the most from... Jumping in the deep end and conversing and collaborating with people who are passionate about what they do.

Good work should always... Inspire great work.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... more affordable collaborative working spaces that focus on and interact with their community.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina

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