Archinia (pronounced ahr-ki-NEE-uh) is more than just design - our integrated homes and landscapes are infused with principles of Nature, Community, and Heritage. Our work blends a respect for Place, Tradition, Land, Natural Beauty and of course, the Structure itself. We create, and preserve, timeless design by infusing Spirit and incorporating Sustainability. The spaces we create feel like home, are mindful of the environment, have beautiful views and natural lighting, are scaled appropriately, are affordable, and embrace Universal Design, so that EVERYBODY can use them. We believe in learning from our past in order to inform our future. We believe that projects should be in tune with their unique place in the world. We don't depend on technology to answer the challenges of modern design, rather we manifest timeless designs that work no matter the circumstances. As consultants, we are leading pioneering research in historic context preservation; bio-regional design, and the conceptual design of eco-communities. We love what we do, and it shows!
Archinia is an architectural cooperative that brings in some of the finest forward thinkers in archaeology, landscape, and design from around the world.
The vision for Archinia was established by founder and architectural designer/historian Rachel Preston Prinz. Rachel is the face of Archinia and manages projects and consultants with the help of an accomplished staff.
Rachel graduated from Texas A&M in 1998 with a professional Masters in Architecture, with emphases in Architectural Design & Architecture History, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation. Her pre-professional degree was a Bachelors of Environmental Design, completed in 1995, with minors in business and psychology.
Rachel's passion in architecture resides in discovering the "genius loci" - the "Spirit of Place."