About Our Architecture Firm    

TGA is an innovative architecture and urban design firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and established in 2003. Our signature work by Thomas Gifford Architect includes multifamily affordable housing, mixed use, one of a kind residential work, live/work lofts, commercial work and ecclesiastical buildings. TGA has professional licenses in New Mexico, Colorado, and nationwide NCARB licensure.

Rather than imposing a style on different sites or programs, we distill the program, function and site into a collective that organizes ideas specific to each project. The unique character of a program and site becomes the starting point for an architectural idea. While anchoring each work to its specific site, we integrate light, color, mass and a relationship with the landscape into each project. We seamlessly integrate new projects into surrounding context and we emphasize sustainable site/building development as fundamental to innovative design.

Good design doesn’t cost any more than bad design. Collectively, we create great design by listening to the client, connecting to the environment and finally constructing stimulating buildings anchored in the modernist tradition. Our strength lies in our commitment to a thoughtful and collaborative design process with the client where we explore new ideas and expand the boundaries of design.

The relatively young firm has received extraordinary recognition for our unique design work which include over 30 Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, City of Albuquerque, NAIOP and the Jeff Harner Award for Contemporary Architecture.


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