2020 Jeff Harnar Award

Join the SA+P for the announcement and presentation of the 2020 Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture. 

Friday, February 28 at 5pm in the Garcia Honda Auditorium

Reception to follow


Alberto Kalach, a renowned Mexican architect will serve as the jury chair and speaker for the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture and the Jeff Harnar Award for Unbuilt Design.

Kalach is an award-winning contemporary architect. He is the principal of Taller De Arquitectura “X” in Mexico City.  Kalach was born in Mexico City, and studied architecture at the Universidad Iberoamericana. In addition to his extraordinary career in architecture, he has taken on a complex problem of urban planning in his home city. He is interested in addressing the lakes in Mexico City, with the aspiration to restore them to a healthy state, allowing for reforestation. 

Vasconcelos Library Vasconcelos Library, Alberto Kalach


Casitas by the Sea, Alberto Kalach Casitas by the Sea, Alberto Kalach

The awards presentation and lecture will be held on Feb. 28, 2020 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. This free event is open to the public, and there will be a reception after the lecture and award ceremony.

The Jeff Harnar Awards are prestigious in the architecture profession and offer 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. 

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