Neon Signage - Albuquerque's Legacy of Neon and the remnants of Route 66 Design

The story of architectural design in Albuquerque is diverse and often at risk of being forgotten. At one point, the luminescent glow of neon signage along Central Ave. was a common call for business. Changes in technology, shifting populations, new architectural styles, and shifting business tides have posed problems for the businesses along Central Ave. and the signage that promoted them. While several signs are still standing, many others exist only in photos or in the design sketches that created them.

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Mural Fest 2018 - When Nature Calls

Capitalizing on the success of the 508 Mural Fest last year, Worldwide Underground a creative design & production studio is hosting the event which will produce 50 new murals throughout the city. The organizers of the event understand the role that the built environment has on city residents, aiming to create a space that promotes creativity and comfort. The curated roster of artists has less than a month to transform their chosen spaces. We at SD+A are looking forward to seeing our city post Mural Fest 2018.

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Modern Albuquerque - “Popularizing modernist architecture and mid-century culture in Albuquerque, NM.”

A Visit Albuquerque Partner, Modern Albuquerque LLC, highlights remnants of the modern architectural boom in Albuquerque. The initiative gives buildings such as the Fox Building, Travelstead Hall, First Unitarian Church, the Simms Building, the Solar Building, and many others a new light to shine in. The modern architectural gems of Albuquerque are shown both online through Instagram and their website as well as through weekly walking tours titled “Retrograde Tours”.

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Zuni Pueblo Artwalk

The Zuni Pueblo Artwalk has officially begun as a way to promote the talented artists of Zuni Pueblo. Local artists are opening their art studios and inviting guests to experience the process of creating work while getting to meet and ask questions of the artist.

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Zuni Low-Income Housing Video

In cooperation with Spagoshi LLC. and the Zuni Housing Department, we have worked to develop this educational video to tell the story of the Zuni Housing Low-Income Housing (LIHTC) Projects from planning to building to post occupancy. 

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Suina Design + Architecture buildings discussed in student thesis

Recently Elizabeth Suina was asked to discuss her approach to Indigenous architecture with Kirstin Leibundgut for an Independent Elective Thesis. A student of architecture from Switzerland, Kirstin was interested in challenging her preconceived notions about the Southwest United States and to see what can be learned from indigenous architects.

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