Rachel Preston Prinz is an architecturally-trained American designer, and founder of the Santa Fe based consulting agency Archinia. She works at the intersection of architecture and design, placemaking, cultural and historic preservation, and community engagement. Rachel promotes the craft of architecture and the Genius Loci, or Spirit of Place, as told through photography, publishing, marketing, and design. In addition to running Archinia and the non-profit Architecture for EveryBody, Rachel has served as a preservation commissioner in Taos, as the host of the UNM-Taos Sustainability Institute, and as co-host of TEDxABQWomen. Rachel has given multiple TEDx and Pecha Kucha talks on design.
Rachel’s work has been featured on television on HGTV, Bravo, NMPBS, and Canadian PBS; in print in Reader’s Digest, Trend, and Inc. magazines. She’s been interviewed by Robin Morgan, Giovanna Pressley, Liz Neely, and Megan Kamerick, and she’s been featured in numerous articles, talks, podcasts, interviews and books on design, leadership, and finding courage in difficult circumstances.
Rachel is an expert people connector and "sparkplug" who brings a new and exciting energy to everything she does.
And she's going blind with macular degeneration.
In this episode, Rachel tells the story of her fascinating life journey thus far, which has taken her from military school, to the cathedrals in Paris, through the Rocky Mountains, and finally to Santa Fe, where she established her hybrid profit/non-profit practice. Rachel shares how despite numerous setbacks, she found her passion and voice, and crafted a career that she loves.