SFAI Design Workshop: Engage. Think. Build.


JUNE 6- JULY 1, Monday- Thursday 9AM-4PM @ SFAI & Santo Domingo Pueblo. 

Design Workshop is an exciting program that combines design, architecture, and hands on building experience. Students have the opportunity to design and build a project at Santo Domingo Pueblo at the end of the program. Workshops run from June 6 – July 1, 9AM-4PM Monday through Thursdays. We offer both full and partial scholarships and there are potential opportunities for paid internships with local architecture and building firms upon completion of the program.  Design Workshop is open to high school  and college age students. Students earn dual high school and college credit through Santa Fe Community College.

SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP inspires high school and college students to see that they have a real, tangible role to play in transforming communities. Participants will view the world in a holistic way and experience how art, architecture, culture, design, and place come together in the practice of designing with community. How can youth engage with their communities in a thoughtful and creative manner? How can creativity, building skills, and design thinking be seen as an instrument for social change? How can we teach an active form of empathy to our next generation? SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP addresses these critical questions through applied design.


SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP 2016 will run from JUNE 6 through JULY 1 2016, Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 am to 4 pm. Cost for the entire program is $975, and includes a deposit of $200 due within two weeks of acceptance.   Full and partial need-based scholarships are available!  Applicants must be able to attend the workshop in its entirety.

Dual high school and college credit can be earned. Upon successful completion of  SFAI DESIGN WORKSHOP participants may earn Dual Credit for both high school credit and three credit hours from Santa Fe Community College.

No prior design or construction experience is required. We are looking for students who are passionate, creative and committed to changing the world. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at page for more detailed information.

Contact Sylvia Johnson, Community Works Program Manager, at or 505.424.5050 with any further questions or if you need assistance with this application.


“It’s brilliant, it’s innovative, and it’s definitely challenging.” JUSTICE NWIGWE 12th Grader

“It was a lot of fun learning from different people with different skill sets and different ways of teaching… It was fun being able to go to all the different places and learn so much about how to interpret architecture.” RUBY ALFORD 11th Grader

“[Design Workshop] made me a lot more outgoing than I was and showed me how differently I could work with other people and get to know them better.” NOAH MONTOYA 10th Grader

“It was mentally challenging working on different ideas and the ideas and models we did… It was really cool getting to see design from a different perspective.” LUIZ VALERIO 10TH GRADER


We need your help to invest in our local youth and their futures by providing opportunities for applied design! Design Workshop provides introductory design and building skills to high school and college age students. We are asking for your help in two ways: sponsor a scholarship, or hire an intern for July & August. For more information, download the flyer, or write to us at, or call 505.424.5050.

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JOSEPH KUNKEL a Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. He is a community designer and educator working on building capacity in Indian Country. Joseph graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering in 2006, and from the University of Maryland in 2009 with a focus in Urban Design from the University of Maryland. His independent research and teachings revolve around the cultural implications of design in Native American communities. Joseph was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership, Service, and Professional Merit and an IBM Technology Innovation Award in collaboration with the Maryland Urban Research Studio. Prior to his fellowship, Joseph was a designer with Ayers Saint Gross Architects in Washington, D.C. and worked with tribes in Canada’s Yukon and native peoples in La Paz, Bolivia, as well as on complex planning projects worldwide.

NATHANIEL CORUM is an Architect, Educator and the Design Director at Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC), He has worked with SNCC, Indigenous Community Enterprises, Red Feather, and Architecture for Humanity on housing and community initiatives and to research and implement architectural, planning and process solutions for diverse international, tribal and rural projects. As a former Fulbright Scholar and Senior ECPA (Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas) Fellow, he’s pursued continuing research and practice in culturally-appropriate regenerative design and humanitarian architecture. His work with SNCC has included showcasing exemplary Native American housing nationwide through case studies research and documentary production, and collaboration with diverse communities on housing, planning and community facilities.

JAMIE BLOSSER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SFAI. A resident of Santa Fe for almost 20 years, Blosser is a licensed architect working to creatively address equity in the built environment through community dialogue. Blosser recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focusing on equity, resilience, and effects of global urbanization in rural communities. Significant local projects of hers as Director of the Santa Fe office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects (2005-2015), include the CCA Muñoz Waxman Gallery, El Mirador Administration Building, and the Santo Domingo Safety Complex. Her community design work with Ohkay Owingeh over the last fifteen years has led to revitalization of their historic plaza area, and has been published in several magazines and books, including Architectural Record and the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook. Blosser founded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative as a forum for peer networking, advocacy, and education supporting culturally appropriate and sustainable development in American Indian communities.

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