Rachel Preston Prinz

Rachel Preston Prinz is an architecturally-trained American designer working in architecture and design, placemaking, cultural and historic preservation, and community engagement. Rachel promotes the craft of architecture and the Genius Loci, or Spirit of Place, as told through photography, publishing, marketing, and design. In addition to running Archinia and the non-profit Architecture for EveryBody, 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 design.

awards received

Rachel’s work has been featured on television on HGTV, Bravo, NMPBS, and Canadian PBS; in print in Reader’s Digest, Trend, and Inc. magazines. She’s been interviewed by Robin Morgan, Giovanna Pressley, Liz Neely, and Megan Kamerick, and she’s been featured in numerous articles, talks, podcasts, interviews and books on design, leadership, and finding courage in difficult circumstances.

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.


Education + Accreditations

  • Exceeds the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines in Architecture History
  • Listed at NMSHPO as an Architectural Historian
  • NCARB certified
  • Masters of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation, Texas A&M, 1998
  • Bachelors of Environmental Design, Texas A&M, 1995
  • American Institute of Architects Associate member; Past Associate Director - Region of the Virginias; Past Architecture Week Chair; Award of Merit for Public and Community Service

Awards

  • 2017 Santa Fe Mayors Sustainability Award
  • 2017 Resilient Communities Award
  • 2017 Emerging Social Sector Leaders Peer Mentor. Santa Fe Community Foundation.
  • 2016 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.
  • 2012-2014 Taos Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Fellow: LT Jordan Institute
  • Fellow: San Antonio Conservation Society
  • American Collegiate Schools of Architecture Award
  • Consortium for the Advancement of the Arts and Education Award


Favorite Projects


Acoma Pueblo

Preservation Plan + Restoration of homes at Acoma Pueblo

with Barbara Felix Architecture + Design

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

with FPW Architects + Smithgroup Architects

Narbonne Cathedral

Narbonne Cathedral

with Vivienne Paul

Luray Depot

Luray Depot

with FPW Architects

Villa Emo

Villa Emo

at Fanzolo

Alexander Girard Mural Relocation

Alexander Girard Mural Relocation

Cheyenne Botnic Garden

Cheyenne Botnic Garden Labyrinth

Gentle Spirit Horse Labyrinth

Gentle Spirit Horse Labyrinth

Great Face and Body

Great Face and Body