“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.”

Robert L. Peters


Design Charrettes

Our ongoing Design Charrette program aims to highlight the value of good design, critical thinking and public dialogue for improving our shared built environment. 

Design charrettes are blue-sky visioning exercises that explore contemporary design challenges. They elicit quick, provocative and visionary presentations from the professional design community which are then shared with a panel of experts and the public for review and discussion.  

These events provide an open and independent forum for the design profession, public officials and members of the community to engage in thoughtful, productive conversation about the future of Santa Fe. Our charrettes have been instrumental in improving community outreach and ensuring the profession and the public’s participation in better design and policy outcomes. 

Our Next Charrette: TBA

Charrette Archive:

much Adu about housing—march & april 2019

Housing Different—November 2018

North Guadalupe—October 2017

Garrett’s Desert Inn—june 2017



Panels + Lectures

Our panel discussions and lectures provide an opportunity for expansive, inclusive and ongoing public dialogue about the design of our shared urban environment in Santa Fe. 

Organized around provocative and timely themes, these events invite expert speakers—architects, planners, developers, policymakers, academics—to engage the community on important issues of sustainable urban development, preservation, social equity and livability. These are opportunities for both the audience and invited speakers to share knowledge, revise opinions, and participate in creating better design and policy outcomes.

Our Next Event: Revisioning History Series │ Dates to be announced soon

Past Panels + Lectures:

Housing Different Panel Discussion

Iconic Architecture & the Romance of Santa Fe │ Craig Hoopes, Beverly Spears, Barbara Felix

The Definition and Development of Santa Fe Style │ David Rasch

Architecture: Materials and Craft │ Todd Williams, Billie Tsien



Architecture Tours

We offer walking and behind-the-scenes tours of historic architecture, the contemporary built environment and the studios of architects who design it. Our tours enable the public to explore the history, architectural and planning ideas, and cultural forces that continue to influence the formal expression of Santa Fe’s unique neighborhoods, buildings and shared physical spaces.

Our Next Tour: To be announced

Past Tours:

North Guadalupe Corridor Walking Tour

Downtown Santa Fe Walking Tours

Architect Studio Tours

La Fonda Hotel

The Lensic Performing Arts Center



PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha celebrates the art of concise and fast-paced storytelling. This simple format consists of 20 slides x 20 seconds each, or a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds for each speaker. Images advance automatically as speakers share their presentations. 

PechaKucha provides members of Santa Fe’s creative community an opportunity to share their work, stories, ideas, innovations, process and/or current obsessions in a casual, fun and supportive setting. We invite all artists and designers, makers and innovators, musicians and composers, thinkers and writers to be a part of PechaKucha as an attendee, presenter, volunteer and/or supporter.

PechaKucha Night is powered by Klein Dytham Architecture. Our city chapter is part of a global network of PechaKucha cities around the world. All uploaded presentations are viewable here.

Our Next PechaKucha Event: Vol. 4—Voice | Thursday, September 12, 2019 | Violet Crown | 6 PM

Now Accepting: Presentation proposals for Volume 5 - Strategy │ Event date: January 9, 2020
Proposals due: November 1, 2019 

Please view our submission guidelines here

Interested in presenting, but not on this upcoming theme? Email us your pitch!

Click on the event poster to see past presenters and watch their presentations.



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