About Rachel

Rachel Preston Prinz is an architecturally-trained designer, preservationist, author, documentary filmmaker, and artist working in sustainability and architectural engagement. ​

Rachel Preston Prinz

A Woman of Influence

Rachel obtained a Masters of Architecture and Certificate in Preservation from Texas A&M in 1998. She has committed her professional life to celebrating architecture by promoting the Genius Loci, or Spirit of Place. Rachel has given TEDx and Pecha Kucha talks on vernacular design and critical regionalism, landscape preservation, pattern languages, and photography. Rachel's work integrates archaeology, architecture, place, culture, and emerging trends in sustainability. She is an expert people connector and "sparkplug" who brings a passionate energy to her work.

Rachel's design work includes fashion, jewelry, residences, labyrinths, planning for eco-communities, and sacred spaces, as well as:

  • Emergence, a documentary about the architecture of Acoma Pueblo
  • Built for Life, tv series about sustainable architecture in the American Southwest
  • DesignGirls, a series geared towards attracting girls to careers in design

Her artwork includes painting, digital art, and photography. She was awarded her first artists' residency in 2015 and selected for her first Santa Fe gallery show in 2016.

In 2016, Rachel was named one of Albuquerque Business First's 30 "Women of Influence" and to the "Emerging Social Sector Leaders" cohort at the Santa Fe Community Foundation for her work promoting the craft of architecture through the for-profit organization Archinia and the non-profit Architecture for EveryBody. Rachel's work has been featured on HGTV’s You Live in WHAT?; Bravo's Untying the Knot; NMPBS’ Colores!; and HomeMade on Canadian PBS. Rachel has been interviewed by Robin Morgan and Giovanna Pressley, is featured in the Girl's Guide to Swagger, and several books on leadership. Rachel is a top 10% Klout influencer and top 1% Kred influencer.

Desert bloom in pink, closeup. Photo by Melanie E Magdalena.


Year Theme Article
2012 Color & Symbolism Navaho Hooghan Architecture
2012 TBD "Archaeo-Architecture: An Interview with Rachel Preston Prinz"

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