Historic Preservation and Resiliency: Traditional Pueblo Villages


“Replastering a Paguate House,” 1925. Edward S. Curtis, Photographer. Northwestern University Library, Edward S. Curtis’s “The North American Indian,” 2003.


On Tuesday, October 27 at 1:30 pm Shawn Evans, AIA, Associate Principal, will present “Historic Preservation and Resiliency: Traditional Pueblo Villages” to students of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Shawn’s presentation will summarize the results of his two-year collaborative study of the physical conditions and place-based preservation approaches of pueblos. The study was supported by a Fitch Foundation fellowship. The talk will also highlight Atkin Olshin Schade Architects’ decade-long rehabilitation project at Ohkay Owingeh. The study and our ongoing projects with the Pueblos are reshaping federal preservation and housing policy, building the awareness of the need for greater self-determination by the tribes.

The talk is open to the public. More information can be found here:
https://nais.sas.upenn.edu/events/historic-preservation-resiliency-traditional-pueblo-villages  Shawn recently presented this work to the National Tribal Historic Preservation Conference (http://nathpo.org/wp/2015/09/16/17th-national-tribal-preservation-conference/) and the National Council for Preservation Education (http://www.ncpe.us/learning-reservation-conference/).

“I am excited to present some of our current work at the Penn Museum, where much of the first fifteen years of my career at AOS was spent. During the planning and design of the Mainwaring Wing, Museum HSR, and Master Plan projects, I became intimately familiar with the institution and its amazing collections and programs. The Penn Museum has long been at the forefront of indigenous rights vis-a-vis museum collections – to be able to expand this discussion into indigenous rights in architectural preservation is a real honor.” – Shawn Evans

Staff Updates

We are pleased to announce that Sara Patrick successfully completed the Architectural Registration Exam and is now a licensed architect! Sara has been with our firm for over eight years in the Philadelphia office and has served as Project Architect for many of our significant projects including the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden and Parking Facility at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Brown Hall at Princeton University, both of which received awards for their design. She is currently working on renovations to Dillon Gymnasium at Princeton University and a Master Plan for Old City.

We have two recent additions to our staff in Santa Fe: Evan Geisler joined our firm as a Senior Project Manager following several years working in Asia. With over 14 years of experience, his career began in Los Angeles in a residential design-build practice focused on the restoration of high-end historic homes. For six years, he was principal of his design-build firm in LA continuing in the practice of historic home restoration as well as ground up high-end residential and commercial boutiques. Beginning in 2009 he switched his focus to hospitality and international retail projects. Evan received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the University of Hong Kong. He is currently working on the design of renovations and additions to Los Poblanos, an historic inn and organic farm near Albuquerque, NM as well as a 41 home development project for Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM. His most recently completed project, SMU Student Center in Taos, is projected to attain LEED Silver.

Miriam Diddy joined the firm earlier this year with a degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of New Mexico. Her prior experience includes work at her mother’s interior design firm, Beverly Diddy Designs. Since joining our firm, Miriam has supported marketing and graphic production and has worked on a preservation plan for Las Vegas NM City Hall and new housing for Santo Domingo Pueblo. She has also worked on GIS mapping for the Pueblo de Cochiti Plaza Revitalization Plan and Kewa Pueblo Historic Building Inventory. Miriam is a member of the Navajo Nation with additional family roots in the Hopi Tribe.

Mason Lehman joined the Philadelphia office at the beginning of the summer. He has experience in all phases of design including hand sketching, schematic digital models, and construction documents. Mason is currently working on renovations to the Music Department at the University of Delaware as well as renovations to the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Mason graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s of Architecture and a Bachelor’s of Environmental Design in Architecture.

Lavender Farming in Vogue : Los Poblanos


U.S. Vogue recently published a wonderful feature on Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are currently working on an exciting addition to the site which allows for a new restaurant & bar, doubling the size of their amazingly curated Farm Shop along with the addition of 26 new guestrooms and suites. Working with OLIN, the project plans to weave suites into the beautiful lavender fields adding to the unique experiences for guests on site.


The buildings and landscapes are being designed in a manner that is respectful of the historic structures by famed Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem and gardens by Rose Greely. Guided by best practices in agritourism, organic farming, historic preservation, and sustainable design, Los Poblanos will continue to be a model for heritage development.

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See the Jason Schmidt’s beautiful short film on Los Poblanos here.

Temple Adath Israel Receives CODA Merit Award


We are pleased to announce that Paul Housberg and his glass art installation at Temple Adath Israel received a CODA Merit Award. The CODA Awards recognize the best work demonstrating successful integration of commissioned art into interior, architectural, and public spaces. We collaborated with Paul during the design of renovations to the sanctuary. Paul was commissioned to create two backlit art glass screens on either side of the new Ark. These screens were designed to infuse the space with new energy, while referencing Jewish symbolism and the synagogue’s history.

The renovated space opened last fall, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah 5775, with a dedication by Rabbi Yanoff in which he spoke about the challenges and opportunities that come with any dramatic change, and how every aspect of the renovation had been considered according to Jewish symbolism. In his sermon, Rabbi Yanoff eloquently summarized the result of our collaboration: “The blue glass, like the blue fringe on a tallit [a Jewish prayer shawl], is intended to reflect both the water… and the heavens. That’s why the blues fade away, intended to draw our eyes upward, heavenward.”

To read more about the awards and Paul’s installation please click here.

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Tony Atkin, 1950-2015

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We mourn the loss of Tony Atkin, FAIA, who founded our firm Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in 1979. Tony succumbed to thyroid cancer on May 21st after a nearly two-year battle. During this time he continued to work, teach, and support those around him. His death came shortly after that of his husband Tom Pederson earlier this year.

Tony was an inspiration for all of us. A singular designer, he guided many of our projects. His creative vision and passion for architecture and planning elevated the work of our offices in Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Tony’s designs made transformative improvements to the communities with whom we worked. Tony was a natural teacher, in our practice, at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, where he was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Design, and at the University of New Mexico. He authored and edited three books, including Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements (2005), for which he contributed a chapter on the evolution of settlement at the Zuni Pueblo. He recently supported the completion of the master plan for Colorado College and began designs for Santo Domingo Pueblo, Los Poblanos, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden—wonderful projects that will be realized by our Santa Fe office. We will miss Tony. His vision and humanity will inform our practice as it continues to grow and thrive.

– Sam Olshin and Michael Schade

A Visit to Dartmouth College

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Michael Schade, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

I recently had the opportunity to return to Dartmouth College. I had not been on the campus for several years and it was really nice to be back. The occasion was the Collis Center Reunion & Celebration. Holly Sateia, the Director of Collis when we started working there in 1991, invited us to celebrate with the donor, past directors, supporters and students.

The event was held in Common Ground, the restored main room at Collis. The building looked great; some recent renovations including an enlarged servery and the addition of air conditioning, make the facility even more functional. Tony Atkin’s initial design concept, a large, central atrium carved out of the center of the building, still serves as a great connector, and is in many ways the heart of the campus. Many of the speakers at the event spoke of their relationship to the Collis Center, and how significant it was as part of their professional or student experience. Although there was some mention of the building, most of the emphasis was on the activities, events, and people that make the place so special. This was a good reminder of what is most important about our profession.

While on campus I had a chance to visit our three residence hall projects: McCulloch, Hitchcock, and Fahey-McLane. It was great to see that our projects are holding up well and have become integral components of the campus fabric. And not to be missed were the events taking place as part of the Annual Woodsman Competition; certainly not something we get to see too often in Philadelphia.

New Mexico Magazine Feature!



The Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project continues to receive great press.  This month, we’re featured by New Mexico Magazine as one of “three buildings we love.”

To learn more about this project please visit our website.