Developing creative solutions to design challenges in the Santa Fe Region




444 Galisteo Street Santa Fe  NM 87501  (505) 428-9056

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

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








FALL  2018


Friends seeks the talent, expertise and vision of the design and planning community to advance innovative and enlightened solutions to the City's current housing crisis.  This program will have two stages:


Housing Forum  Saturday September 22, 2018

A moderated, in-depth panel discussion where experts, designers and the public will examine the nature and extent of the current shortage, review innovative housing strategies that have been successful elsewhere, and identify opportunities for meaningful change with our City's physical and political landscape.


Design Charrette Saturday November 3, 2018

An open-format charrette where designers respond with blue-sky design concepts for building sites, housing types and financial models they select.  Designs will be presented to the public and an panel of experts.



Click here to download the design brief for Housing Santa Fe: Forum and Design Charrette.

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