“I love that architecture, arguably more than any other field, offers endless and diverse learning opportunities. Whether one’s interest is in engineering and technology or the humanities and social issues, there is a place for everyone to engage in our built environment.”

Sonia Vinajeras-Gallegos, Assoc. AIA

Associate / 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 historic preservation in graduate school. Her regard for the intersection of culture and architecture were also explored through internships with the National Parks Service and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation after achieving her master’s degree from UNM. Added to the SMPC team in 2016, Sonia strives to be versatile in her contributions to the firm and soaks up as much as she can from her coworkers and mentors as she works toward achieving licensure and furthering her career as an architect.


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


Associate AIA

NCARB Record Holder


  • Barry University, Miami (NCAA Division II Soccer)

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