Studio Southwest Architects

Our mission is to enrich New Mexico communities with functional sustainable designs that honor the intended purpose and stay true to the sense of place.

CULTURE

We succeed as a company because we openly discuss the work that must be done, how we will achieve it, and define each person’s important contribution.

Studio Southwest Architects is a creative and collaborative design studio that has been based in Albuquerque for the past 34 years. Decades of public and private work has defined our holistic approach to providing architecture and planning services. Each one of our clients becomes a member of our team ­– and their mission is integrated into our design process. Our dedication to transforming our clients’ businesses and local development initiatives into tangible spaces is fundamental to our firm culture.

WHAT WE DO

ARCHITECTURE

Conscious Revival of Place
At Studio Southwest Architects we see architecture as a combination of elements: function, design, sustainability, cost, and collaboration. A successful architectural project complements the user function, has deliberate aesthetics, withstands the test of time while contributing to a healthy environment, is affordable to build and operate, and provides a fulfilling process and end result to the team, owner, and users.

Architecture is much more than a design or physical structure. It helps define the community, contributes to the sense of place, integrates local culture and history, and creates places that people want to live and be. We strive to engage in an architectural practice that satisfies our desire to design and enriches the lives of our clients and community.

Our services begin with design concepts which progress into schematic design, design development and construction documents. We also provide support during bidding and negotiation as well as construction administration

PLANNING

Planning for Your Future
Cities are complex and dynamic places. Organizations require a holistic look at how they fit in and how that affects their physical presence within the city. Planning for a campus, urban site, or infill project requires close collaboration with the client and regular interaction with the surrounding community. Through facilitated workshops and planning sessions, innovative site development solutions arise through a long-range plan that balances and harmonizes all elements from the land, to community engagement, to building design and layout. Services may include master planning, site development planning, feasibility studies, public engagement, site selection, urban infill and revitalization, and future development planning.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Sustainable Design is Smart Design
Our team employs sustainable design practices that maximize efficiency and conserve resources. We utilize the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system as a benchmark tool that results in reduced building operating costs, improved human comfort and health, and minimized pollution and negative environmental impacts. Click here to see a list of our LEED Certified projects.

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING

Application of Scientific Knowledge
BIM has given us a tool that quickly presents complex design ideas in 3 dimensions, manages change (ranging from space configuration to building systems and performance), communicates critical building planning data (space dimension, cost, energy performance, lighting levels, acoustic performance) and detects conflict between building systems and structure. This tool helps us communicate big ideas quickly to owners, contractors, end users and communities. We offer assistance to owners in maintaining their facility Revit model for the life of the building, and integrating information into maintenance and capital plans.

HISTORIC RENOVATION

Cultural Preservation
Studio Southwest Architects has an award-winning history of preserving and protecting historic building and landscapes throughout New Mexico. We understand the complexities and opportunities related to preserving the comprehensive context of a place
both site and buildings.

Studio Southwest has been awarded five City of Santa Fe Heritage Preservation Design Awards.

Meet the Team

PRINCIPAL STAFF

RON BURSTEIN, AIA, CCS

President | Architect

ROBERT G. HEISER, AIA

Senior Principal | Architect

DEL L. DIXON, AIA

Senior Principal | Architect

MICHELLE FRANKS

Principal | CFO

JEREMY N. DRESKIN, AIA

Principal | Architect

ELENA AGUSTIN, AIA, LEED AP

Principal | Architect

RICHARD T. BRAUN, AIA

Principal Emeritus


Intern Architects I & II

Juliet Pino
Matthew Alexander Howard
Michael Hendrigsman
Michael Noe
Mike Martinez, Assoc. AIA
Steven Mattern, Assoc. AIA, CDT
Trupthi Panickor

Office Support

Delia Barrett, CDT,
Office Manager

Kaelyn Johnson,
Marketing Coordinator

Megan Mickey,
Director of Marketing