Director’s Residence, Spanish Colonial Arts Society, John Gaw Meem, 1930. Photo David Rasch, courtesy Spanish Colonial Arts Society.
June 17 to 21, 2021

Accommodations: Inn and Spa at Loretto

Rice Design Alliance is thrilled to announce its next Traveling Program destination for summer 2021 is a trip to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 17 - June 21, curated by Rice Architecture faculty Stephen Fox and Carlos Jiménez

Santa Fe is a case study in American cultural invention. Capital of the state of New Mexico, the city was spatially reinvented during the first third of the twentieth century by artists, anthropologists, and architects, who abstracted historic building typologies, modes of construction, and landscape formations to formulate a picturesque urbanism that represents itself as rustic, indigenous, and un-designed. 

Over five days and four nights, travelers will experience some of the architectural and cultural gems of Santa Fe and Albuquerque, with exclusive access to a number of locations available only to RDA travelers. Trip highlights include:

  • A visit to one of John Gaw Meem’s masterpieces in the Rio Grande River Valley, Los Poblanos, an historic inn and organic farm where we will have lunch and a tour.
  • Tours of at least three private residences, including a hard hat tour of one under construction.
  • Exclusive access to Abiquiu, Georgia O'Keeffe's home and residence for many years, otherwise closed to visitors but open to our group thanks to the Georgia O’Keeffe Board of Trustees.
  • A tour of the Director's Residence (John Gaw Meem, 1930) at the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, with Deputy Director David Rasch.
  • Visits to the recently restored National Park Service Building (Cecile Doty, 1937); the San Miguel Chapel (the oldest church in the United States, ca. 1600); and the Visual Arts Center, Santa Fe University of Art and Design (Ricardo Legorreta with Lloyd and Tryk Architects, 1999).
  • Breakfast, shopping, and browsing of local farming and artisan shops at the Santa Fe Saturday Market, a wonderful experience of true Santa Fe.
  • A meeting with the dean of the New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning and visits to the Zimmerman Library (John Gaw Meem) and the Antoine Predock-Pear Hall Architecture Building.
  • A tour of the Lannan Foundation with architect and Rice Architecture graduate James Horn, who oversaw the restoration and re-landscaping of this unique philanthropic foundation.
  • A special tour of SITE Santa Fe.
  • A tour of the Museum of International Folk Art with an Alexander Girard specialist, as we take a look at his folk art collection and textile designs.


While the trip will be populated with exclusive tours and activities, our itinerary will allow time for you to freely explore Santa Fe and its well-known art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. 

Participation in the Travel Program is available to members of the Rice Design Alliance. Membership is open to all. Please contact Raquel Puccio for information at 713.348.4876 or For registration and pricing details, click here

This tour has been submitted for AIA/CES Learning Units. Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs.

Rice Design Alliance is pleased to offer the Lynn Murray Educational Trust Young Professional Travel Program Scholarship, which grants one young professional (under the age of 35) working in a design-related field the opportunity to participate in the Santa Fe trip. The scholarship covers airfare, hotel, and meals during the duration of the trip. To access the scholarship guidelines and application form, click here.