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Saturday, February 14, 2-5pm

Architecture & Design Studio Tour

In conjunction with the exhibition From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now, 516 ARTS presented a special private tour of the studios of some of Albuquerque’s leading emerging and established architects and designers. Participants experienced their creative spaces, met the artists and architects, and took a look into the artistic process behind the scenes. The tour was co-led by architect Cory Greenfield, who teaches design studios at UNM's School of Architecture + Planning, has worked for Antoine Predock and now runs Entropic Industries, a small architectural practice with Jared Winchester; and by Katya Crawford, artist, Professor of Landscape Architecture and co-curator of From the Ground Up.

The tour began and ended at 516 ARTS’ partner Westbund West (217 Kinley Avenue NW, Albuquerque), a design and fabrications collaborative housed in a Downtown warehouse, which also houses a small store and gallery. Studios featured on the tour included: Sam Sterling Architecture, Spade Design Build, and the home studios of Cory Greenfield, Lee Gamelsky/Susan Frye and Katya Crawford. Topics along the tour included the beautiful tension that can emerge between the old and new; creating a new design language that fuses a historic regional style with contemporary design; and work in progress.

All tour stops fell within a 2.5 mile line on an east/west axis from Downtown, to Old Town, to the River. In that short distance, participants experienced a warehouse, an office, a 1920s bungalow, a historic adobe and a brand new architect's home on the river. All artists and architects featured on the tour have pieces in the exhibition at 516 ARTS. Katya Crawford says, “This tour differs from the standard architecture tour in that it shows the spaces where designers build, and how designers build – a process that is typically hidden from public view.”

The tour ended with opening reception of Manipulator (5-8pm) at Westbund West, an exhibition by Kenneth Myers, whose work is also featured in From the Ground Up at 516 ARTS. His show explores the threshold between industrial manufacturing and artistic manipulation, and pairs the subtle nuance of a factory finish with process driven interventions. Myers is a project manager at EDI, a local architecture firm, and has taught architecture design studios in architecture and landscape architecture at UNM. Using primarily steel and wood, he creates exquisite 2-D and 3-D compositions.

The guided tour included transportation, delicious fresh-baked snacks and a surprise gift of artwork. 

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This event was part of the citywide collaboration On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design. For information, visit www.ABQontheMap.com

Download a PDF of the map featuring information on all  On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design events.

This information is also featured on the project website hosted by the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.ABQontheMap.com