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Founder Rachel Prinz's page has been featured on the about.me front page alongside the likes of Richard Branson. Pageviews have increased 3,000 percent. Our message is growing! And in more ways than one! Rachel has also been asked to provide a proposal to provide Placemaking services to one of the New Mexico Arts and Culture Districts! Just wait til you see what's coming!!!
Founder Rachel Prinz is prepping for a lecture next week... on why we shouldn't be legislating the creation of ersatz architectural history (through zoning requirements that demand a certain "style" of building)... because it obscures whats actually great about design and architecture of the past... and puts us in a present without context. What are your thoughts?
Rachel took some of the ideas she has been taking in from the many books she is reading lately - from what she thought were disparate fields - and made a video for our readers about some cool ways we can try to elevate the practice of design.How else can we grow these conversations?
Archinia founder Rachel Prinz feels blessed to have helped the State Department welcome preservation professionals from around the world to America so we can share ideas. One of them, Issam Hajjar, from Syria... does for Syria a grander version of what Rachel does for New Mexico. Here's a link to his work!!! We hope you will enjoy these connections as much as we do!!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/SYRIA-graphy/177185982421154
Woot Woot! Good News!!! We just got notice that Archinia founder Rachel Prinz will be presenting a session entitled "The Myth of Value: Getting Beyond Ersatz History in Modern Southwest Vernacular Architecture" at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association conference in ABQ February 13-16, 2013
Getting ready for my first experience being on the radio. Check us out on KUNM Women's Focus talking about TEDxABQWomen! I'm a speaker coach and Emcee for part of the event!
Its kinda cool that our photos will be used for 29 wikipedia entries of historic places... http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Santa_Barbara_Courthouse_Law_Library.JPG
Just started working out details for an internship with Native American architecture students in our office, to help them develop a lineage of, and an understanding of the sciences of sustainability held within their unique architectural traditions!
Thanks to her work on 19 acequias in northern New Mexico, Archinia Founder Rachel Prinz was asked to present at TEDxAcequiaMadre 2012 at the Santa Fe College of Art and Design on 11/3/12. As part of a team that documented existing conditions and designed new criteria to protect acequias in Taos, Rachel developed a passion for protecting these valuable cultural and sustainability resources. Rachel can't wait to share her message that:
Water is the source of life, of sustenance, and of community... The acequias in New Mexico, and their thousands of cousins around the world, were sustainablity before it was cool - they worked for over 7,000 years - to:
- support local agriculture
- support water systems and cycles
- promote flood control
- allow adaptation to climatic variations
- and, promote healthy ecosystems.
Check out page 18 of the newest Origins Archaeological magazine! That's 2012 Archinia intern Sommer Smith's article on Zuni architecture! Awesome work, Sommer!
Archinia founder Rachel here. I am extremely honored to have been the opening speaker for the SMU-in-Taos/UNM Fall lecture series on Sustainable Shelter Design last night. My partner in the effort was Illac Diaz, founder of Liters of Light.I hope you will all go out and check out the INCREDIBLE work his NGO is doing in developing nations around the world. I had no idea the power of light before meeting this very kind, cool, and passionate man. We'd like to wish them well in their work. If you have a few dollars to spare, you could make a difference for their mission. Check out the video on their front page - and you'll see what I mean. Here's their facebook fan page.
Next Wednesday evening, I'll be presenting my talk "Creating a Sustainable Model of Shelter at the End of the World (as we know it)or… Planning for a Better Tomorrow, TODAY at the SMU-in-Taos / UNM 2012 Fall Lecture Series at the TCA! Doors open at 6PM! Hope to see you there~!
Firm Principal Rachel Prinz just won an Echoing Green Work on Purpose Challenge! Watch for her new lecture at the UNM/SMU-in-Taos Fall Lecture Series to see how this award, which included coaching with EG Director Linda Kay Klein has changed her style of speaking!
Intern Sommer Smith's research on Zuni architecture was accepted for publication in Origins Archaeology magaine!
We have two new interns coming in this summer! Sommer and Cat, welcome!
Archinia Founder Rachel Prinz will be speaking at the SMU-in-Taos/UNM Fall Lecture Series in September! Check out the link to the series website here
Check it out! Our Albuquerque project made the Albuquerque Journal! Click here to view the article!
WOW! Our talk at the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance about Chimayo's architectural and archaeological legacy got covered by the Albuquerque Journal! Click here to view the article!
Our newest supercool project has been covered by the NM Business Weekly's Megan Kamerick! Click here to view the article!
Check out our interview in the online archaeology magazine Origins!
Labyrinth lovers! If you are near Cheyenne on World Labyrinth Day May 5, please join in the walk at the Garden Labyrinth(c) we designed at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens!
Check out our new On the Boards Section to see what projects we are currently working on!
We just got our contract to do historic documentation & restoration drawings at the Santa Fe National Cemetery!
Inspired by her TEDxABQ talk, Firm Principal Rachel Prinz was intervewed here for the online archaeological magazine BermudaQuest!
Planning a leadership school for GIs returning from Afghanistan and Iraq that's part eco-community, part urban industrial rehabilitation, part monastery, and part martial-arts training dojo. Basically, designing an urban Shaolin/Samurai training facility.
No news more satisfying: Council candidates citing our research as reasons to preserve Taos' historic acequias (irrigation systems)!
Archinia founder Rachel Prinz was appointed to the Taos Historic Preservation Commission.
Firm Update! We will be adding a preservation lawyer to our staff this Spring!
Rachel Prinz' latest guestblog at the Girl's Guide to Swagger: Pursuing a passion to teach architecture
Rachel Prinz' latest guestblog at the Delta Zeta Pink Goes Green project: Our time is now: Building the future ... with timeless values
Another sweet note from a student in the UNM graduate program after my presentation there:
"Dear Rachel: I want to reiterate how much I appreciated your presentation, philosophies and your work. I have an Americorps Internship until summer of next year, and I have begun looking for work opportunities thereafter. I would absolutely love to assist you on any ongoing or new projects you may have. The interdisciplinary nature of your work, and the way you integrate history and spirituality into the sense of place inspires me and reaffirms my belief that design can connect multiple dimensions to create a powerful and healing moment in time." - Erin
THIS IS WHY WE DO THIS WORK!!!!!
Check out the latest TREND magazine page 62 for Rachel's article about reknown photographer David Zimmerman's Taos off-grid home here at http://santafetrend.com/
Archinia founder Rachel Prinz was guest-teacher, speaking about vernacular landscapes, for Prof. Norman Crowe's class in the graduate program in historic preservation and critical regionalism at UNM!
Archinia participated in a workshop with NMDOT and the Project for Public Places. We were redesigning the entry gateways into Taos' Historic District! What a great time and learning experience!
After our talk at TEDxABQ, notes of gratitude started pouring in. One of our favorites was written to the staff of TEDxABQ, from a student at Bosque School in Albuquerque, NM letting us, and all his peers, know that TEDABQ isn’t just inspiration for adults! We are the architects they mention in the article. Enjoy! http://tedxabq.com/ted-videos/helping-students-find-their-obsession/
Archinia staffed the registration table for the annual International Labyrinth Society Meeting here in Taos . A great time was had making connections with labyrinth lovers and design peers! Several of our labyrinths were featured in a video highlighting great designs from around the world!