Rachel Preston Prinz is the face and founder of Archinia. Professionally, she's an architectural designer, preservationist, television producer, photographer, and sustainability advocate. Described as an "architectural visionary," Rachel loves to share her passion for great design through public speaking, giving tours, and writing for various media outlets. Her passion resides in discovering the "genius loci" - the "Spirit of Place."
Texas A&M 1998
Professional Masters in Architecture: Architectural Design & Architecture History, Certificate in Historic Preservation
Thesis: Bio-regional architecture of architect Andrea Palladio and in-depth preservation plan for his Villa Emo at Fanzolo, Italy
Texas A&M 1995
Bachelors of Environmental Design, minors in business and psychology
- National Register Nominations in 7 states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, UT, & VA). One of these projects required coordination of more than 100 stakeholders, including: State & Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, consultants and volunteers.
- Windshield Survey of 500+ buildings and 15 acequias in 13 historic towns and villages in Taos County and the Downtown Taos Historic District
- NM Cultural Resources Inventory Forms for 300+ structures
- NM Historic Water Delivery System Forms for 13 acequias
- Plaqued one structure and de-listed four more (due to other preservationists' errors, not my own)
- Historic American Building Survey team co-captain, working on the documentation of the village at the Alpine Tunnel – the highest narrow gauge train tunnel in North America. Every drawing was done by hand, ink on mylar.
- Preservation plans, grants, and feasibility studies for 7 historic train stations, 2 historic theaters, a mill, 3 schools, a Red Cross facility, and three different historic districts... and most of them while working with some of the finest preservation technical experts in the industry.
- Designed an exterior renovation and additions for an Art Deco city hall in Texas
- Trained in the earliest forms of digital building mapping for historic preservation, as well as hand-documentation, in France at the Abbey Cathedral of Narbonne, working with legendary Gothic experts Vivian Paul and Bob Warden.
- Designed 8 residences in Taos, Vail, Chicago, and Cheyenne and worked as part of a team on 3 residences in Belize, Cherry Creek (Denver), and Charlottesville.
- Consulted on the design and implementation of 11 eco-communities worldwide.
- Designed 5 original labyrinths, the largest of which is irregular (the shape of a horse) and visible in Google Earth.
- Worked as a project manager or consultant for 4 church renovations, a community college educational facility, gym renovations for 2 high schools, a graphics and mail room facility for a school district, and the Neurosurgery department of a major University hospital.
- Designed 2 cafes, a judo dojo, a state park visitor center, an arts and crafts facility for a camp for kids with cancer and other specialized breathing requirements, spiritual retreats in Virginia and Peru, and the interiors of a Waldorf School in Germany.
- Worked as part of a team for the design of two resort gatehouses, the LEED certified clubhouse for a Robert Trent-Jones II designed golf course, and worked on structural drawings for the National Museum of the American Indian.
- Being both partially blind and having been in a wheelchair for part of the recovery from an Achilles repair, I'm passionate about the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I have done ADA assessments and plan revisions of more than 15 facilities.
- Research assistant for building failure expert Charles Graham, to learn how NOT to build buildings.
- My particular brand of design integrates buildings with their environment, so as to maximize natural heating and cooling, water collection, and joy capacity. I've designed landscapes for the vast majority of my projects, and done separate landscape preservation and/or design plans for 4 acequias (New Mexican Hispanic period irrigation ditches), several spa renovations, and parts of the landscape as well as structures for a nature preserve.
- Designed: jewelry, snowboards, clothing, accessories (purses and scarves), tattoos, bronze castings, gingerbread houses, gourd sculptures, mosaics, paintings, ice sculptures, metal sculptures, stained glass windows, water temples, gates and entries, furniture, fireplaces, reflecting pools, fountains, temporary art shelter installations, and marketing materials.
- Award-winning architectural photography and photographic art has been featured in both solo and open shows, as well as in magazines, books, articles, and online. I've had work in both the Taos County and New Mexico State Fairs.
Television / Film
- Since January 2013, I have been preparing to produce a television show about architecture in the Southwest. I am in the Producer's Training Program at UPublic in Albuquerque, and have worked as a PA on the Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens, as a local PA for a show on NationalGeographicTV, and on major motion pictures. Here's my resume for this work.
- Volunteer at least 10 hours a month on various pro-bono architectural projects in the community.
- Current BLM Volunteer Services Agreement; NM Sitewatch Steward; and Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project trained Petroglyph Recorder.
- Past Associate Director for the Region of the Virginias for the American Institute of Architects.
- Past Architecture Week Chair for AIA Charlottesville
- Appointed to the Taos Historic Preservation Commission
- Winner of "Work on Purpose Challenge" from Echoing Green in 2012
- Given 2 TEDx talks, 2 Pecha Kucha talks, and was asked to speak at the SMU/UNM Fall Conference, among others.
- Featured on tv / film / radio, includng: "Home Made" in Canada, HGTV's "You Live in WHAT?"; in the ABQ Journal, New Mexico Business Weekly and numerous other publications; interviewed by KUNM's Womens Focus, NMPBS Colores, and Good Morning Vail
- Fellowship Recipient: LT Jordan Institute for International Awareness
- Fellowship Recipient: San Antonio Conservation Society
- Fellowship Recipient: American Collegiate Schools of Architecture
- Fellowship Recipient: The Consortium for the Advancement of the Arts and Education
- Texas A&M Women's Faculty Network Award for significant contributions in the field of Architecture
- AIAVirginia Award of Merit for Public and Community Service.
Things I research and speak on:
- Designers and Architects:
- Alexander Girard
- Andrea Palladio
- architecture of the American southwest
- critical regionalism
- vernacular architecture
- indigenous design and sustainability
- ecological and bio-regional design
- archaeological implications in design
- historic preservation and tourism
- eco-communities; photography in architecture
- water and agricultural preservation
- early American architecture – Spanish and French influences
- Mannerist architecture
- food, travel, wine