I am very passionate about conservation of built and natural environments and where they intersect.

Sonia Vinajeras-Gallegos

Intern Architect
Sonia has been an athlete most of her life. Whether it’s playing competitive soccer, backpacking, rafting, or any activity that places her out in nature, she is always looking for opportunities that improve quality of life and general well-being. A graduate of St. Pius X High School, the city of Albuquerque has been Sonia’s primary playground. When she is not on her home turf, she is eager to travel, especially to Latin America where she spent several months studying Spanish in Costa Rica, or Brazil and Cuba where she conducted research on environmental justice and conservation respectively. Quick on her feet, Sonia has a natural ability in identifying options for solution to difficult challenges. Her passion for the humanities, culture, and architecture were explored and confirmed with her work in art history and historic preservation, including internships with the National Parks Service and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. A new addition to the SMPC team in 2016, she brings a strong knowledge base that contributes to the success of design solutions. Packing a bottle of tabasco and radio whenever she travels, Sonia could not live without the heat or NPR.

  • Certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Master of Architecture, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BAFA) with a Concentration in Art History, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Barry University, Miami (NCAA Division II Soccer)


  • NCARB Record Holder