Rachel Preston

An architectural designer and preservationist in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rachel Preston Prinz is known for her award-winning storytelling collaborations in architecture, design, placemaking, historic preservation, spirituality, and sustainability.
Rachel is an writer, filmmaker, photographer, and digital artist who works to create engagement around concepts of Place, encouraging dialog about architecture and culture. In addition to painting, sculpture, and drawing, Rachel has studied bronze casting, sculpture, metal clay, ceramics, gourd painting, drum making, watercolors, sketching, calligraphy, textile art, tin and copper punching, beading, basketry, and more. Rachel was awarded her first artists’ residency in 2015 and selected for her first Santa Fe gallery show in 2016.
Rachel has done several TEDx and Pecha Kucha talks about architecture and place, as well as talks for the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Museum of International Folk Art, the School for Advanced Research, AIA-New Mexico, the national AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, and others. Rachel has curated panels, tours, talks, magazines, and exhibits for various organizations. She has served as a preservation commissioner in Taos, the host of the UNM-Taos Sustainability Institute, and co-host of TEDxABQWomen.
Rachel is an expert people connector and “sparkplug” who brings a new and exciting energy to everything she does. She’s also a minister, with a Unitarian focus.
And she’s going blind with macular degeneration.


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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA