Firm Principal Rachel Prinz

Firm Principal Rachel Prinz

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An emerging leader in the fields of preservation, sustainability, and dif-ability, Rachel Preston Prinz is an architecturally-trained American designer, filmmaker, educator, and artist working primarily in architectural research and community engagement. Rachel promotes the craft of architecture and the Genius Loci, or Spirit of Place, especially pertaining to US Southern, Mountain, and Southwest indigenous, vernacular, and modern design. With natural gifts in problem solving, efficiency, and pattern identification, Rachel is regularly brought in by architects and communities who want to elevate projects to their best outcomes. In addition to running her architecture and preservation firm, Archinia, Rachel has served as a preservation commissioner in Taos, as the host of the UNM-Taos Sustainability Institute, and as co-host of TEDxABQWomen. Rachel has given multiple TEDx and Pecha Kucha talks on modern applications of vernacular design and critical regionalism, landscape preservation, pattern languages, and photography and epicanurism. She gives presentations, tours, and lectures; as well as writes books and articles that integrate archaeology, architecture, place, culture, and emerging trends in sustainability. Rachel is also the Founding Director of Architecture for Everybody, a non-profit arm of Archinia, whose mission is to empower regular people to design and build, restore, or rehabilitate their home, businesses, non-profits, and communities using the best in natural and bio-climatic design and sustainable techniques.

Rachel received her professional Masters of Architecture degree and Certificate in Historic Preservation from Texas A&M in 1998. Her graduate work included preservation plans for a Gothic cathedral in the South of France and a Palladian villa in northern Italy. Her thesis was on the bioclimatic architecture of Palladio’s Villa Emo. Her undergraduate was a Bachelors of Environmental Design, also from Texas A&M, in 1995. Rachel has minors in psychology, business, and architecture history. Rachel is NCARB certified and an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects. Rachel exceeds the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines in Architecture, Historic Architecture, and Architecture History, and is listed at NMSHPO as an Architectural Historian. Rachel's design and preservation work has been featured on HGTV's "You Live in WHAT?"; Bravo's "Untying the Knot"; NMPBS' "Colores!"; & "HomeMade" on Canadian PBS.

Rachel is an expert people connector and "sparkplug" who brings a new and exciting energy to everything she does.
And she's going blind with macular degeneration.






  • Emerging Social Sector Leaders Peer Mentor. Santa Fe Community Foundation. 2017.
  • Women of Influence. Albuquerque Business First. 2016.
  • Emerging Social Sector Leaders cohort. Santa Fe Community Foundation. 2016.
  • Recognition at South by South Lawn festival for the community impact of her work. The Obama White House. 2016.
  • Taos Historic Preservation Commission. 2012-2014.
  • Fellow. LT Jordan Institute
  • Fellow. San Antonio Conservation Society
  • American Collegiate Schools of Architecture
  • Consortium for the Advancement of the Arts and Education
  • American Institute of Architects: Past Associate Director - Region of the Virginias; Past Architecture Week Chair; Award of Merit for Public and Community Service


Podcast Guest + Radio Interviews:
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Print Interviews + Book Features:
    • Labyrinth Journeys. Twylla Alexander. 2015.
    • Prime Your Mind For Confidence. Paul Williams. 2011.
    • The Girls Guide To Swagger. Cindy Brown. 2011.
    • Rachel Prinz: Hacking the Earthship. Book Review. Green Fire Times. March 2015.
    • Hacking the Earthship: Rachel Preston Prinz takes a fresh look at sustainable architecture. Feature Article. Lisa Barrow. Weekly Alibi V.24 No.19. May 7-13, 2015.
    • Accessing Intuition For Success: Stories from Architects and Designers by Elissa Heyman. 2010.





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