Rachel’s key message is that each of us is here to change the world and that we have to trust and cultivate our gifts.

Rachel’s work, and especially her talks, encourage and engage that part of many people that “always wanted to be an architect”, so that we can find more enjoyment in our lives through interacting with built space, design, and art.

AIA Santa Fe
AIA New Mexico
AIA Albuquerque
New Mexico PBS
UNM Taos Sustainability Institute
New Mexico PBS
Pecha Kucha
MOIFA Design Council
AIA New Mexico

Rachel speaks on:

  • Critical Regionalism + Vernacular Design
  • Historic + Cultural Preservation
  • Marketing + Branding for Designers
  • Overcoming Obstacles + Challenging your Limits
  • Living your Purpose

For booking enquiries please email her.

TEDx and Pecha Kucha Talks

Business of Architecture

  • Featured Speaker: Fearlessness in Architecture. American Institute of Architect's Women's Leadership Summit. September 12-15, 2019.
  • Demystifying Preservation in the City Different. Co-Presenting with Lisa Roach for Keller Williams Realty. September 21, 2018.
  • Community by Design: How Social Media can Drive Engagement for Firms, Projects, and our Communities. AIA New Mexico Annual Convention. September 22, 2017.
  • Storytelling for Architects. AIA Santa Fe. June 29, 2017.
  • Growing Fans and FUNDING: Turning Boring Historic Documents into Engaging Content. Flashes of Inspiration. New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office's Building Creative Communities Conference. Santa Fe, NM. November 5, 2015.

Travel and Tourism

  • Spiritual Architecture in Santa Fe. (Private Retreat for small group.) Santa Fe, NM. March 30, 2019.
  • Santa Fe to Abiquiu Tour + Santa Fe to Taos Tour. Co-Presenting with Archaeologist Mark Henderson. Three Trails Conference. Santa Fe, NM. September 17-20, 2015.
  • WPA Murals in the Taos Historic County Courthouse. Taos Society of Artists' 100 Year Anniversary Celebration. July 15, 2015.
  • Taos Architecture through the Taos Society of Artists Tour. Taos Society of Artists' 100 Year Anniversary Celebration. July 15, 2015.
  • Taos Historic Plaza Tour. Public Art and Historic Preservation in New Mexico and Taos. February 7, 2015.
  • Taos Pueblo: Evolution of Adobe (Walking Tour). Cal Poly structural and architectural classes. February 22, 2014.
  • Taos' Historic District: Expanding our History Walking tour. UNM-Harwood / Arts & Culture District. September 28, 2012.

Sustainable Design

  • The Future Past: Chacoan Influence on Modern Architecture in New Mexico (and The Future of Archaeology). Archaeology Society of New Mexico Annual Conference. May 5, 2018.
  • Host: UNM-Taos Sustainability Institute. August 5-9, 2014.
  • Tiny Houses and Vernacular Design. UNM-Taos Green Technology Program. Taos, NM. December 07, 2016.
  • Tiny House Design and Earthships 2.0. UNM-Taos Green Technology Program. November 10 and 12, 2015 & February 5, 2015.
  • Hacking the Earthship. Art of Natural Building Faire, Kingston, NM. October 24, 2015.
  • From Hacking the Earthship to Architecture for Everybody. Natural Building Colloquium. Kingston, NM. October 20, 2015.
  • Rachel Prinz: Hacking the Earthship. UPublic Morning Brew. 2015.
  • Home Made: Earthship. Canada PBS. CMJ Productions. Chantal Boileau. 2014.
  • Featured Guest: Home-Made: Earthships. Canada PBS. 2013.
  • Efficient, Affordable, and Sustainable Shelter Design. SMU-in-Taos / UNM-Taos Fall Lecture Series. Sept 26, 2012.
  • Building an Eco-community. Thrive Taos. February 9, 2012.
  • The Regional Landscape and Vernacular Design. UNM Critical Regionalism Graduate Program Guest Lecturer, Nov 10, 2011.
  • Using the Archaeological Record to Inform the Design of Sustainable Architecture Today. Archaeological Society of New Mexico. May 2010.

Applied Preservation

  • The (R)evolution of Spanish Pueblo Revival Architecture in New Mexico. Taos Historical Society. March 2, 2019.
  • Architectural and Cultural Preservation in Santa Fe. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo / Santa Fe Art Institute. Santa Fe, NM. February 19, 2019.
  • Panel Moderator: The Myth of Santa Fe: The Next 100 Years. Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit - West. Albuquerque, NM. February 8, 2019.
  • Preservation and Architecture for EveryBody. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Santa Fe, NM. October 3, 2018.
  • Using National Register Cultural Landscape Methodologies to Preserve Tribal Lands. Co-Presenting with Architect Barbara Felix at the Tribal Lands Conference. Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. March 21, 2017.
  • Preserving Historic Trails. Historical Society of New Mexico Annual Conference. Farmington, NM. April 16-17, 2016.
  • The Old Spanish National Historical Trail: Legislative Fact, Archeological, Historical, and Architectural Fiction. Presenting with Archaeologist Mark Henderson at the Archaeology Society of New Mexico Annual Meeting. May 2, 2015.
  • Taos Historic County Courthouse Rehabilitation. Public Art and Historic Preservation in New Mexico and Taos. February 7, 2015.
  • Taos Acequias Rehabilitation Plan . Public Art and Historic Preservation in New Mexico and Taos. February 7, 2015.
  • Featured Guest: Alexander Girard. Colores! New Mexico PBS. Aired, Jan 10, 2014.
  • The Myth of Value: Getting Beyond Ersatz History in Modern Southwest Vernacular Architecture. Southwest / Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations conference. Feb 13, 2013.
  • The Chimayo Legacy: A Deep History of Spirit and Culture Threatened by Commercialization. New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. May 3-5, 2012.
  • Integrating Landscape into the National Register Nomination of the Old Spanish National Historical Trail. OST Summit, Taos, NM April 23, 2012.
  • El Camino Real and the Architecture of Taos. NM Heritage Preservation Month, May 2011.
  • Mythology and Symbolism at Palladio’s Villa Emo. Master’s Thesis. 1998.
  • Bio-Climatic Architecture of Palladio at the Villa Emo. Texas A&M.  1997.
  • Palladio in America, Disseminated through French and English Colonial Architecture. Texas A&M. 1998.
  • Two Missions: The Spanish Architecture of Texas. American College Schools of Architecture Conference. Sant Antonio, Texas. 1996.

Alexander Girard

  • Talk: Alexander Girard in New Mexico. Alexander Girard Symposium. Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Santa Fe, NM. October 19, 2019.
  • Talk: Case Study: Alexander Girard at St Johns College. Alexander Girard Symposium. Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Santa Fe, NM. October 18, 2019.
  • Talk: Alexander Girard's Use of Symbols. Alexander Girard Symposium Launch Party. Vitra. Santa Fe, NM. October 17, 2019.
  • Exhibitions Architectural Tour Guide: Alexander Girard: A Designers Universe and Multiple Visions: A Common Bond. Museum of International Folk Art. Santa Fe, NM. August 2019.
  • Salon: The Unexplored Alexander Girard. MOIFA Leaders of Design Council + THE Magazine. Santa Fe, NM. May 16, 2019.
  • Article: My Love Affair with Sandro's Ghosts: Alexander Girard’s Legacy in New Mexico. THE Magazine. May 2019.
  • Interview: Colores!: Alexander Girard. NMPBS. Tara Walch. 2014.
  • Article:Alexander Girard. The Legacy of the Mid-Century Modern Maestro in New Mexico. Trend: Art, Architecture and Design. July 2012.
  • Alexander Girard's Legacy in New Mexico. Leaders of Design Council. The Compound Restaurant. Santa Fe, NM. September 2012.
  • Alexander Girard and Our Mural. First Unitarian Church. Albuquerque, NM. September 2012.

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