KUNM Regular Programming

Local Architect On His AIA Award-Winning New School

Feb 1, 2019

Jon Anderson has been based in Albuquerque ever since he graduated from The University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning in 1973.  His buildings, which are deeply influenced by the climate, light, and what Jon calls, "the spaces of this amazing state," have been recognized with scores of local and regional awards.  Last year, when the New Mexico Chapter of the American Institute of Architects handed out its annual honors, Jon Anderson received three of the ten awards. 

Jon spoke with KUNM about one of his winning designs, the new George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School, located in southwestern Albuquerque.  "It's important for us to develop spaces that are exciting for these young kids to be in.  We developed a color palate that was a pixiliated version of the landscape in that part of Albuquerque -- the desert foreground, the bosque, the mountains and the sky above.  I think the colors feel good -- they're bright and happy."

Jon talks in greater detail about his award-winning design for the Sánchez Collaborative School in this longer version of the interview.  He discusses how the age group for the school, K-8, affected the scale of the building as well as the creation of school spaces where a range of ages could interact and collaborate.

Click here to view the featured projects in Jon Anderson Architects' design portfolio.