JAMES LUCERO, AIA

James Lucero AIA is a Principal owner and has been with Jon Anderson Architecture since 2004. James was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico before completing his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining JAA, James worked with other notable firms including Antoine Predock, Flatow Moore Schaffer McCabe, and Antonio Ortega. Over his career of 20 plus years, James has acted as principal designer and project manager on many building types including educational and community facilities, performing arts centers, custom residences, and hotels/spas.

Education
Master of Architecture, 2003, The University of New Mexico
2003 AIA Gold Medal Award winner for Design Excellence
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 2000, The University of New Mexico

Registration
New Mexico Registered Architect (2007)

Professional Affiliation
Member, American Institutute of Architects
DEAN COWDREY, AIA

Dean Cowdrey AIA is a Principal owner and has been with Jon Anderson Architecture since 2009 and has designed and collaborated on numerous award-winning projects in that time. Dean was raised in Gallup, NM before moving to Albuquerque to pursue his architecture education at the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining JAA, Dean worked with other notable firms including Antoine Predock Architect in Albuquerque. As a native of New Mexico, Dean understands the importance of creating architecture which responds to both time and place, and explores inventive and contextually exciting architectural solutions in response to a site’s opportunity and the user needs. He argues in favor of challenging “best practice” generally accepted by the architectural profession by embracing a responsive design approach for creating innovative environments.

Education
Master of Architecture, 2009, The University of New Mexico
2009 AIA Silver Certificate Award Winner
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 2000, The University of New Mexico

Registration
New Mexico Registered Architect (2020)

Professional Affiliation
Member, American Institutute of Architects
NATE BIA

Nate joined the Jon Anderson Architecture team in 2017, bringing over 10 years of experience in Revit and BIM modeling. He has proven himself to be a key member across all phases of a project, utilizing his comprehensive background in Revit and BIM Modeling to quickly provide solutions and strategies for increased efficiency and project workflows. Nate is a valuable asset in producing drawings and building models. Throughout every phase of the project Nate will be ensuring the quality and accuracy of drawings and models, as well as coordinating with consultants to resolve building conflicts. Growing up on the Navajo Reservation he developed an interest in sustainability and culturally appropriate design. He strives to incorporate these concepts in innovative ways to create architecture that is both meaningful and rooted to its context.

Education
Master of Architecture, 2017, The University of New Mexico
2017 AIA Henry Adams Medal Winner
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, 2014, Calvin College
ELLIOT HIELD

Elliot Hield is a licensed architect in the state of New Mexico and has been with JAA since 2017. His passion for architecture is rooted in the unique creative opportunity it presents at the confluence of myriad aesthetic, experiential, pragmatic, and technical factors to make a positive impact on our everyday experience of the world. Elliot enjoys the collaborative studio environment of JAA because it allows him to work on a diverse range of projects and to be involved in all stages of a given project from conceptual design to development, documentation, and construction.

Education
Master of Architecture, 2020, The University of New Mexico
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 2018, The University of New Mexico

Registration
New Mexico Registered Architect (2022)

TANIA NEVAREZ

Tania is the newest member of the JAA team. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of New Mexico and is currently pursuing licensure. Tania embraces the challenge of opening the dialog between disciplines, context culture, and identifying problems as potential inspiration for unique solutions. As a licensed drone pilot she specializes in developing aerial views, sightline analysis, topography mapping, and construction documentation. As part of the JAA team she is also involved in BIM modeling, documentation, and visualization

Education
Master of Architecture, 2020, The University of New Mexico
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 2018, The University of New Mexico

Registration
Actively pursuing licensure

SAMUEL ALBERT

After graduating from UNM in 2018, Samuel spent 3.5 years working internationally for award-winning offices in Denmark, Finland, and the UK, focusing on research-driven design. He studied briefly at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and has contributed to the research and publication for the WISE Journal, researching innovative work and educational spaces. As part of the team at JAA, Samuel focuses on conceptual design, design development, and project visualizations.

Education
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 2018, The University of New Mexico

Registration
Actively pursuing licensure

JON ANDERSON, FAIA

Jon Anderson AIA has been a licensed architect registered with the State of New Mexico since 1978, and has been a member of the American Institute ofArchitects since 1984. He has 47 years of diverse architectural experience, including significant responsibility in nationally and internationally recognized award-winning projects. Founding the firm in 1991, he has won numerous design awards for his commercial and residential work. His soft spoken, comprehensive approach to project management has given him the highest respect of his peers and clients. He is able to gain a superior level of workmanship from contractors and unparalleled satisfaction from clients. In honor of his significant contribution to architecture, Jon was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2012.

Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture, 1973, The University of New Mexico
Liberal Arts, 1968-1970, University of Wisconsin

Registration
New Mexico Architect: 1978, Certificate No. 1100
NCARB, 1990, Certificate No. 39947

Professional Affiliation
Fellow, American Institutute of Architects, member since 1984
SOFIA HREN

Sofia Hren has been an intern with JAA since 2021. She recently graduated in Albuquerque High School's Class of 2022 and will be attending UNM in the fall, majoring in architecture.

Education
Undergraduate, 2022-Present, The University of New Mexico