Shawn has learned that architecture performs best when it comes from a deep engagement with the community it serves. His goal is to untangle the many issues that can impede the vision and execution of a project, so communities have a voice in the process.
Shawn is the principal in charge of our Santa Fe office and the director of preservation and cultural projects. He has led master plans for many large and complex historic communities, including the pueblos of Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh and Santo Domingo in New Mexico, Fort Apache in Arizona, and Eastern State Penitentiary and the Penn Museum in Pennsylvania. Shawn recently managed our projects for Los Poblanos, Colorado College, and the Corbett Center Student Union at New Mexico State University.
Shawn studied architecture at Texas A & M University as an undergraduate and received his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught architectural design at Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of New Mexico. Nationally recognized as a leader in historic preservation, he has spoken at numerous regional and national preservation and museum conferences, and is the current vice-president of the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. In 2010, he received the prestigious James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship, through which he collaborated with Pueblo tribes of the American Southwest on a study of their contemporary preservation and rehabilitation efforts.