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Erik Peterson
Kids: Ridge, 6; Noelle, 4

While establishing himself as a top architect in the West, Erik Peterson, president of Scottsdale-based Peterson Architecture & Associates, and architect and planner of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Paradise Valley, is also a busy father of two. After a long day at the office, Peterson enjoys the simple pleasures of snuggling up on the couch with his kids and reading a book together. —R.L.

On creating a kid-friendly home: “The entire home at this point has now become their house. I wanted our family room to maintain a little bit of cleanness, so we cleared out the entire living room and dining room so that could become their big play area.”

Fatherly advice: “[My wife and I] always tell them about the golden rule, which is ‘Do unto others as you would want then done unto yourself.’ They’ve got it down, but then we say, ‘O.K. explain it,’ and they get kind of confused.”