Our work tells a story. But it’s not just about us. It’s about our ability to uncover and understand our client’s stories and retell them through extraordinarily imaginative, functional and beautiful spaces. Spaces that connect physically and emotionally and make people feel …“Wow!” It’s what we live for. It’s what we deliver. Because we believe life is too short to feel adequate, fine or even good. Experience more “Wow!” We’ll show you how.
Areas of Practice
More than structures in concrete, glass and steel, architecture is both a passion a science. Once a client’s dream becomes our vision, we bring commitment, creativity and a multi-disciplinary approach to make it a reality. Each project is as unique as its solutions. Our process is driven by the needs of people who will occupy the space, applying today’s technology to create inspiring, high-performance and sustainable spaces.
Our greatest asset is our ability to listen and understand our clients’ specific needs. We work closely with clients to develop a Program that reflects the nuances of a building’s function including spatial relationships, long-term needs and environmental impact. We translate this into detailed architectural requirements that meet the budget and schedule.
Planning and Urban Design
The best environments spark connections between people and places to enhance the way we work, live and play. We meet these challenges at the intersection of architecture, planning, landscape and culture. Our approach integrates sustainable development, place-making, environmental stewardship and economic viability. We work alongside private and public clients to help make decisions about long-term needs and targeted goals.
Great interior design strikes a balance between beauty and function. More than just style, it enhances the architecture and improves the way people interact, function and feel. Studio M and our interiors team employ a multi-disciplinary approach with a singular focus—to design the right space for each client’s needs. The only limitation is our imagination.
Sustainable Design / LEED
Sustainable design ensures that our actions and decisions today support opportunities for future generations. We design healthy, high-performance buildings that positively affect the people, environment and communities they serve. We focus on minimizing our projects’ demands on power, resources and people, creating resource-efficient, site-enhancing facilities.
We integrate site and building design from the beginning to ensure a cohesive result. Groundwork Studio takes landscape architecture to its full potential through site design coordination, project synthesis, ecological resilience, functionality and site-specific experience. We approach design as a living, breathing, collaborative process, a transformative progression for the design team and stakeholders as well as the project site.
Employee Spotlight With Vanessa Garcia
Vanessa is a licensed architect and joined our team in November 2021 with over 17 years of valuable experience. Her current focus is in our Higher Education Studio, but she is a well-rounded architect with experience designing for office buildings, K-12 education, community centers and nursing homes. What motivated you to get in this field […]
ABF’s 40 Under 40: Renn Halstead hopes to design the next big goal of his career as an architect
Renn Halstead said a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into getting him to where he is today. Halstead made it through graduate school at the University of New Mexico as a single father. With that, he considers becoming a licensed architect his greatest professional achievement. Now an associate architect with FBT Architects — the youngest […]
International District Urban Agriculture Plan Selected Design for the Common Good Exhibition
Groundwork Studio and Bernalillo County are excited to announce the International District Urban Agriculture Plan project was selected to be a part of the Design for the Common Good International Exhibition. The exhibit is currently running at the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Center for Visual Art through March 19, 2022. Project submissions from the Rocky Mountain West and […]
2021 NAIOP Awards
We’re proud to have three projects honored at the 2021 NAIOP Awards! Thank you to all the teams whose hard work made these projects successful. Eagle Award for Excellence The Jicarilla-Apache Wellness Center UNM Johnson Center Renovation and Expansion Award of Merit CNM Marketplace Jicarilla-Apache Wellness Center – Eagle Award of Excellence The Jicarilla-Apache […]
Welcome, Henry Reitwiesner!
FBT Architects is excited to announce that Henry Reitwiesner has joined their Colorado Springs team as a Project Executive after retiring from Academy District 20. Henry has been invested in educational architecture for over 25 years, with a depth of experience in facilities’ management, construction supervision and contract administration. After more than two decades employed […]
SNL Building 706 Agile Wins ABC NM Eagle Award
Sandia National Laboratories’ 706 Agile Lab project was awarded the Eagle Award (top award in its category) at the 2021 Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Awards. FBT is proud to be a part of this team with Noresco, Smith Engineering, Jensen Hughes, EEA Consulting Engineers and Thompson Construction Inc. Designed for LEED Gold, […]
Groundwork Studio Hires Toby Levin
Toby Levin joins Groundwork Studio and FBT Architects as a Landscape Designer. He brings a diverse history, having worked as an actor and in philanthropic administration before turning to landscape architecture. Toby is drawn to urban spaces that connect people with natural processes and works to balance the needs of these sometimes-competing interests. He enjoys […]
Groundwork Studio Hires Erika Robers
Erika Robers joins Groundwork Studio and FBT Architects with a background in education, community-based research and program development. Her love for the outdoors, plants and nature-based education led her to pursue a degree in community, environmental and natural resource planning. Planning outdoor student learning events and her time organizing and teaching recent immigrants informs Erika’s […]
FBT Hires Cheyenne Gurule
FBT welcomes Cheyenne Gurule to our team as an Intern Architect. Cheyenne applies her detail-oriented approach to FBT’s projects, working at the production level to turn big picture ideas into a built reality. She is most inspired when culture, community and innovation converge to form beautiful architecture. Her interests include the many facets of sustainability […]
FBT Hires Nicholas Morse
FBT welcomes Nicholas Morse to our team as an Intern Architect. Nicholas is driven by a desire to improve individual and societal wellbeing through conscientious dialog between the built environment and the natural world. He is intrigued by passive natural systems that reduce our carbon footprint and blur the line between architecture and the landscape–such […]