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.

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects Promotions!


Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is pleased to announce the promotions of several key staff members to kick off 2015. Associates Lisa Dustin, AIA in Philadelphia and Shawn Evans, AIA in Santa Fe have been elevated to Associate Principals, and architects Paul Avazier, AIA, LEED AP in Philadelphia and Daniel Barboa, RA in Santa Fe have been named Associates.

Lisa Dustin, AIA, has managed many of our projects for cultural and higher educational institutions including Brown Hall at Princeton University, winner of a 2014 New Jersey AIA Design Award. She is currently working on the construction phase for a new, 130-bed residence hall at Bryn Mawr College; a new, 50-bed residence hall at Loomis Chaffee School; and renovations to historic Dillon Gymnasium at Princeton University. Lisa joined Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in 1992 and has been an Associate since 2003.

Shawn Evans, AIA, Director of Cultural and Preservation projects, has led many of our projects at historic sites and institutions including Cherokee Castle in Colorado, Ohkay Owingeh in New Mexico, Fort Apache in Arizona, Eastern State Penitentiary, and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania. Shawn relocated to Santa Fe from Philadelphia in 2012 to better serve our Southwest clients. He is the recipient of the prestigious James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Grant from the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, and is currently a board member of the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. Shawn joined the firm in 1995 and was named Associate in 2003.

Paul Avazier, AIA, LEED AP, has been a Project Manager for many of our academic clients including Friends Select School, Santiago Christian School, Episcopal Academy, and Lafayette College. Paul is currently working on a new, 50-bed residence hall at Loomis Chaffee School; façade renovations to Conwell and Carnell Halls at Temple University, and renovations to Building 57 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He is a former Board Member of the Philadelphia AIA. Paul began work at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in 2007.

Daniel Barboa, RA, has been a key member of our Santa Fe office since its inception, working widely throughout New Mexico and the southwest on a wide range of projects, including the Kewa Safety Complex, winner of an AIA Santa Fe Honor Award. He has extensive experience with projects on Native American tribal lands including Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, I-Sah’-Din’-Dii Housing Development for the Mescalero Apache, Sandia Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Cochiti Pueblo. Daniel joined the firm in 2005.

Cover Art

Two recent covers and their associated articles demonstrate and discuss productive and exciting aspects of our practice: preservation guided by principles of community leadership and self determination, and the innovative adaptation of traditional materials and forms in new construction.

green-books-office-favouriteUsing Natural Finishes‘ cover features a private residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

20141222165140The current issue of Preservation highlights the success of our Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project. To read the full story click here.