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2019 Jeff Harnar Award

Jeff Harnar Award

The University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) is hosting renowned architect Marc Tsurumaki, AIA, to the school’s auditorium on Friday, February 22nd at 5 PM.  The title of the lecture is “Sectional Intensities – Recent work of LTL Architects.”

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Architecture Department Chair John Quale announced Tsurumaki will serve as the jury chair and speaker for the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture and the Jeff Harnar Award for Unbuilt Design.


“We are thrilled to have such an esteemed visitor come to our campus,” said Geraldine Forbes Isais, dean of SA+P. “It is an opportunity for students, faculty and community members to be exposed to fresh ideas and different perspectives that can only come from such a successful career as Marc Tsurumaki’s.”


Tsurumaki is an award-winning contemporary architect. He is a principal at Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis Architects of New York City. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Tsurumaki is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a visiting critic of Cornell AAP NYC. He is also on the Board of Directors at the Storefront for Art and Architecture.


The firm has designed award winning and notable cultural buildings such as the Telluride Center for the Arts in southwestern Colorado and the Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, TX. They have also designed a variety of academic buildings at Vassar College, Columbia University, New York University, Gallaudet University, Claremont University and the College of Wooster.

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The awards presentation and lecture will be held on Feb. 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. at SA+P’s Garcia Honda Auditorium located in George Pearl Hall. The jury of architects and designers will select the winners that morning, and they will be announced at the awards presentation. The event is open to the public.


The Jeff Harnar Awards are prestigious in the architecture profession and offers one of the top prize amounts in the country.  The award honors the late Jeff Harnar, known for his groundbreaking design in contemporary architecture in New Mexico. The winner of the Contemporary Architecture Award will receive a $10,000 cash prize.


Submissions for the 2019 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture must be submitted by an architect or architectural firm for a building completed in New Mexico in the last five years. The architect or firm do not need to be from New Mexico.  Submissions for the Jeff Harnar Award for Unbuilt Design must be designed by an architect, landscape architecture, designer, or student while the individual or team were living in New Mexico, but the design can be sited anywhere.  Last year the Unbuild Architecture award went to a UNM Master of Architecture student.


The Harnar awards and program are organized by John Quale, Chair of the UNM Department of Architecture, and sponsored by the Thornburg Foundation, who have supported the award since 2007.

Click here to read more about submission requirements.


SHoP Architects designers of SITE Santa Fe win 11th Annual Jeff Harnar Award. First winners of Unbuilt Design Award Announced.

SITE Santa Fe exterior image
UNM School of Architecture + Planning and the Thornburg Foundation announced that
York City, for their expansion and thoughtful re-imagination of SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art
institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The project involved redesigning the exhibition spaces
of the noted contemporary art venue, as well as the administrative and educational facilities. SHoP
Architects worked closely with SITE Santa Fe administrative team to develop an appealing and
functional building with an exuberant façade signaling the unique mission of SITE Santa Fe. The
New Mexico based Architect of Record was Allegretti Architects, and the contractor was Sarcon
SITE Santa Fe Interior Photo


Japanese architect Yuko Nagayama of Tokyo served as the jury chair, and the speaker for 2018
Harnar Lecture. Her lecture was entitled “Architecture as a Trigger.” She describes her design
process as focused on phenomena, stating “if you focus on the immaterial, the material will fall into


Other jurors included Kory Bieg, Principal of OTA+ and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at
the University of Texas-Austin; E.B. Min, Principal at Min | Day in San Francisco and Omaha; Kima
Wakefield, UNM Senior Lecturer of Architecture; and Aaron Zahm, from MRWM Landscape
Architects in Albuquerque. UNM Architecture Chair and Professor John Quale serves as the
Director of the Jeff Harnar Award.


For the first time, the Jeff Harnar Award included two Unbuilt Design categories: one in
Unbuilt Architecture and the other in Unbuilt Landscape Architecture. The designs can be intended
to be built anywhere in the world, but the submissions are limited to designers living in New Mexico.
The winner of Jeff Harnar Unbuilt Architecture Award went to University of New Mexico Master of
Architecture student Darby Prendergast, for his theoretical project “Vertical Cemetery for Extinct
Species.” Prendergast’s provocative and intriguing design was completed in a Masters Design
Studio taught by UNM Principal Lecturer Karen King.

Darby Prendergast Rendering


The winner of Unbuilt Landscape Architecture category was Surroundings Studio, for their project
“Murchison Rogers Park,” sited in El Paso, Texas. Kenneth Francis, one of the principals of the
firm, worked with Will Iadevaia and Carly Piccarello on the design. The jury appreciated the
strategic integration of the design into a complex topographic condition that both addressed
technical issues and the importance of a comfortable experience for visitors to an extraordinary site.

Surroundings Studio Rendering