“My fascination with architecture is born from the intricacy of the different layers of design – from the tangible to the intangible.”

Alex Nellos, AIA

Senior Associate / Architect

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Alex spent her adolescence and early-20’s living in her mother’s native country of Panama City, Panama.  As a young professional, she was granted some amazing opportunities to help coordinate various international projects.  Her “first love” was the Expansion of the Tocumen International Airport designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Mallol Arquitectos, SA; her participation on the project brought out her appreciation for coordination, workflows, and attention to detail.  After twelve years abroad, Alex returned to Albuquerque. Alex has been with SMPC since May of 2018 and became a registered architect in New Mexico in 2022.

Alex’s dual life between the desert and the tropics enriched her existence and concept of place.  She comes from a family of designers and landscape architects that always blur the boundary between the interior and exterior.  Hiking, kayaking, and camping are activities always present in her family; family unity is celebrated throughout her Latin American and Greek heritages.  When she is not at work, Alex can be found at a cena familiar (family dinner), drinking coffee with her Papou, or exploring new lands with her husband and huskies.


Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program │ New Mexico, 2020 

Master of Architecture, 2019
School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico

Master in Construction Project Management, 2016
Dual Diplomas from Quality Leadership University (Panama) and Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain)

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture – Magna Cum Laude, 2013
ISTHMUS: Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño de América Latina y el Caribe (Panama)


Registered Architect, New Mexico, 2022

NCCER Certified, 2019

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety and Health, 2019

Registered Architect, Republic of Panama, 2015


Secretary, AIA Albuquerque, 2022 – Present

Co-Chair, Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program │ New Mexico, 2020 – 2022


2022 Associate Award, AIA New Mexico Associate, 2022

Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society Bronze Medal, Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, | Gamma Lambda Chapter, 2019

Terra Expo Sustainable Architecture Competition, Panama City, Panama, 2013