Tony Atkin, FAIA who founded our firm in 1979, passed away in 2015 after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. During this time he continued to work, teach, and support those around him. He approached architecture as a way of making places that engaged people in meaningful activities. Tony had a passion for helping our clients find fulfillment and joy in the spaces we design for them. Tony led the design for many of our firm’s projects, which have ranged geographically from an eco-hotel in China to academic buildings in New England and the Southwest. He had extensive education, museum and arts experience; many of these projects have won significant design awards.
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 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 are being realized by our Santa Fe office. His vision and humanity continues to inform our practice as it grows and thrives.