History

SMPC Architects is celebrating 75 years in the business of architecture. The architects that founded our firm decades ago established a strong tradition of integrity, commitment and quality that remains deeply rooted in our approach to design.

Gordon Ferguson established the Albuquerque Nob Hill office in 1944 where Donald Stevens, Bob Mallory, George Pearl and Bob Campbell joined later. From 1953 to 1990, George Pearl led the firm in developing an architectural expression of discipline and design elegance that is contextual and timeless. He is the person for whom the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture & Planning building is named, honoring his career and leadership in architectural design and historic preservation.

The firm’s longevity is a testament to its commitment to the practice, impeccable professional conduct, practical and enduring design, and service delivery. SMPC has been a consistent contributor of meaningful architecture in New Mexico, and mentor to scores of leaders in the profession. 

Through four generations of firm leadership, SMPC has maintained a devotion to the professional development of the emerging architects the firm has employed. Each generation has made its mark on the architectural landscape of our communities, designing and managing construction of some of the most prominent buildings where we collectively live, learn, heal, work, and play.

SMPC encourages professional growth of our staff and promotes career paths for creative professionals to share ownership of the firm and continue its legacy into the future. Staff at SMPC recognize their role as stewards of something greater than their own career and position at the firm – they have a role in a tradition that has produced great architecture as well as countless leaders and influencers. Some have advanced from entry level drafters to become talented project managers, planners, designers and principals.

A New Home in an Old Building

In February 2018, SMPC relocated from the original location the firm had inhabited for over 74 years in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill, to the 8th floor of the historic First National Bank building downtown, constructed in 1922. The completely revitalized space is a significant improvement over the firm’s previous location, offering additional square footage in an open floor plan that aligns well with the firm’s collaborative studio approach. 

Also in 2018, SMPC was honored by the American Institute of Architects, New Mexico Chapter as “Architecture Firm of the Year”. SMPC was also honored by the Albuquerque Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) as “Architectural Firm of the Year” on multiple occasions (1984, 2007, 2011 and 2017).

Our mission is to build on the tradition of architectural excellence through quality service, and environmentally responsible, innovative design.