Developing creative solutions to design challenges in the Santa Fe Region




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Orientation Session April 14, 2017
Public panel review June 16, 2017
Plan view of Garrett's Desert Inn
Panel members review submissions June 16, 2017
Orientation Session April 14, 2017
Exterior of Garrett's Desert Inn
Panel Presentation June 16, 2017
Panel Presentation June 16, 2017

Friends of Architecture Santa Fe seeks to raise awareness of the value of good design and critical thinking for improving the built environment.


Design charrettes are opportunities for the public and design professionals to engage in meaningful and informed dialogue about contemporary issues of urban development, preservation, and livability in our city.


The designs, ideas, and expressions presented in connection with design charrettes are the sole intellectual property of the design professionals that produced them and are protected by architectural copyright.



A Design Charrette to explore uses for the site of Garrett's Desert Inn, currently under the control of the State Land Office.


Click here to download the design brief for

Garrett's Desert Inn


Click on the participant to view the entry:


Santa Fe Art Laboratory

Low Cost Housing

Analco Crossing

Route 66 Incubator





October 2017


A Design Charrette to advance the possibilities for improvements to the North Guadalupe Street Corridor, between Agua Fria Street and Paseo de Peralta


Click here to download the design brief for

North Guadalupe: The Public Realm


Click on the participant to view the entry:


Jean Pike AIA

Conrad Skinner AIA

Ben Ortega

Suby Bowden + Associates

Hoopes + Associates







New Approaches to solving santa fe's housing crisis

FALL  2018


Friends seeks the participation of the design and planning community in a two-stage program aimed at advancing innovative and enlightened solutions to our city's current housing shortage, and envisioning a future where an even larger and more diverse population calls Santa Fe their home.


Housing Forum & Charrette Kickoff Saturday September 22, 2018 | 2 pm to  4 pm

form & concept | 435 S Guadalupe Street

An exert panel, together with participating designers and the public, will examine the nature and extent of the current housing shortage,review innovative housing strategies that have been successful elsewhere,and identify opportunities for meaningful change with in our city's physical and political landscape.  The discussion will be moderated by Friends of Architecture Santa Fe, and audience participation is encouraged. Confirmed panelists include:


  • Alexandra Ladd,  Special Projects Manager for Housing and Community Development, City of Santa Fe
  • Joseph Montoya, Executive Director of the Santa Fe County Housing Authority
  • Jamie Blosser AIA, Architect and Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute
  • Kevin Kellogg, Chief Executive Officer of The Housing Trust
  • Ed Archuleta, Executive Director of St. Elizabeth Shelters + Supportive Housing
  • Alexander Dzurec AIA, Architect and Principal of Autotroph
  • Mark Rea Baker, AIA, Architect and Principal of Baker Architecture + Design
  • John Quale, Chair and Professor of Architecture and UNM School of Architecuture + Planning

​The Housing Forum will also serve as a kick-off for an open-format design charrette where designers will respond with blue-sky design concepts for building sites, housing types, financial models, and/or policy solutions that they propose.


Design charettes are intended to elicit broad thinking and strong ideas from the design commmunity.  Submission requirements will be simple, in order to encourage graphic presentations that are clear and compelling, but not overly time consuming. More detailed information will be provided, but design proposals will likely include:


  • Brief design statement or narrative
  • Site analysis and /or explanatory diagrams
  • Site plan or diagram
  • Unit floor plans
  • Digital 3D models, massing studies and/or experiential view
  • Simplified pro forma


Design Charrette Saturday November 3, 2018 |  2 pm to 4 pm

form & concept | 435 S. Guadalupe Street


Participating designers will present their housing design proposals to an expert panel and the public.  Discussion will be moderated and documented by Friends of Architecture Santa Fe.  Participating panelists will be announced.


The Housing Forum and Public Review and open to the public.


Participation in the design charrette is open to all design professionals and students (individuals or teams) in planning, urban design, architecture, and other allied fields.




Both events will be held at form & concept 435 S Guadalupe Street





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