Much ADU about Housing

How can new rules for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) act as a catalyst for equitable, sustainable and lively neighborhood development in Santa Fe?

MARCH 20, 2019 | adu workshop

APRIL 13, 2019 | adu charrette


Friends of Architecture developed Much ADU about Housing to create an informed and productive public conversation around recently proposed changes to the City of Santa Fe’s accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance.

Six architects participated in a workshop, and over the course of two weeks developed formal proposals that illustrated the possibilities of ADUs to act as a catalyst for equitable, sustainable and lively neighborhood development. These ideas were then presented to the public for review and facilitated discussion.


Relaxed zoning, incentives, standardized plans and fast-tracked permitting could reduce construction cost and address a gap in the middle income market for ADUs.

AD+hoUsing, Taylor Pardue, Krupnik Studio
A points-based program for ADU design would improve residential zoning and incentivise a range of sustainable development patterns and building practices.

Can ADUs in Historic Districts Coexist with Diversity and Traffic? Sibylle Mueller AIA, Architect
This project trades accommodation of the car for more density, greater economic diversity and a richer pedestrian environment in Downtown and Eastside neighborhoods.  

Alley Patterns, Kihei Mayer, SMPC Architects
Alley access has the potential to unlock better multi-family development options for single family sites, and create a more intimate, multi-modal and pedestrain-friendly urbanism.  

ADUs Give Flexibility to Homeowners, Grant Alexander, Wide Angle Curve Design
Attached, detached and home-split strategies can deliver greater equity and value in close-in mid-century Sol y Lomas neighborhood, where homes and sites may be too big for owners and potential buyers.

ADUs and Traditional Zoning, Richard Martinez AIA, Martinez Architecture Studio PC
Traditional Spanish zoning and zero-lot-lining produce far more intentional social arrangements of buildings, wastes far less exterior space and obviates the need for a lot of walls and fencing.