FBT Architects

FBT Welcomes VHGA Architects Projects & People

Van Gilbert, FAIA, founder of VHGArchitects, (VGHA) announced his retirement in August 2020. As long-time friends, colleagues (and sometimes competitors!) VHGA chose FBT to assume responsibility for completing their remaining projects. FBT has a long-standing reputation for focusing on the client and is known for being a true advocate for their projects. This seamless hand-over reflects the professional camaraderie and shared values of our two firms regarding client service, exceptional design and investing in New Mexico’s future.

FBT and VHGA have worked with many of the same clients on similar projects types in the K12 Education, Higher Education and Commercial sectors. “We will honor Van’s client relationships and match his standards of service while finishing these projects,” says Art Tatum, FBT President and Director of Design. “We have assured Van’s clients that it will be as smooth a transition as possible. We are honored Van has asked us to do this and it reflects the relationship of our two firms.”

Established in 1976, VHGA designed a diverse range of award-winning projects for exceptional clients across New Mexico. In Van Gilbert’s role as founder of University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture Dean’s Council, Gilbert focused on community responsive design melding his commitments to New Mexico and to his profession. He is known for his contribution to our state’s architectural heritage whether in preserving existing treasures or creating modern New Mexican buildings

VHGA projects completed in 2020 include: UNM’s Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Science Center, Phase One of APS’ Janet Kahn K-8 School for the Arts, and the Penguin Exhibit at the ABQ BioPark. He is known for contributing to New Mexico’s architectural heritage whether in preserving existing treasures or creating modern buildings.

FBT welcomes two former VHGA employees to our team, Michael Borowski and Andrew Archebeque. They will provide continuity, support and knowledge as we see VGH’s projects to completion and develop ongoing relationships with shared clients.

Michael Michael has been an architect for more than 35 years. He has worked on a wide range of projects including six higher education laboratory buildings throughout New Mexico and numerous automobile showrooms. He is committed to producing creative, cooperative and productive working relationships between owners, contractors and team members.




Andrew As an architectural Intern, Andrew brings energetic attention to detail and production skills. His interest in architecture began at any early age with his family’s crane and construction business in Albuquerque. He is passionate about discovering solutions that resolve architectural challenges in creative ways.