DNCA’s founding principal, Devendra, has been a resident of Santa Fe and Albuquerque since 1974, and is a registered architect in the State of New Mexico. With a background in the liberal arts and 35 years of experience in design and construction, he approaches his work with an innate understanding of both the tectonics and the poetics of architecture. Devendra specializes in the design of education, fine arts and performing arts facilities, as well as residential projects. Prior to Devendra’s formal education in architecture, he worked in the construction industry as a builder, site superintendent, and mason for 15 years.
Deirdre Harris RA LEED AP BD+C
Deirdre has been a resident of New Mexico since 2001. She joined DNCA in 2004, and her work has included fine arts and performing arts facilities, as well as higher education, hospitality, residential, and adaptive reuse projects. Deirdre is a registered architect and holds degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. She has practiced in both fields for over 25 years, working on a wide range of projects in Canada, California, and New Mexico. Deirdre is instrumental in the programming and ideation phases of our projects, and oversees the integration of sustainable systems, site planning, landscape, and construction document coordination.
Shane has been a New Mexican since he moved to Albuquerque in 1993. He joined DNCA in August of 2017 after completing his Master of Architecture at Pratt Institute. While in New York, Shane contributed professionally to projects ranging from a prefabricated hotel in Brooklyn to Brownstone remodels to high rise apartment buildings. Shane is excited to return to his adoptive home state to pursue his architectural ambitions with DNCA, where he is working on a range of educational, commercial, and fine arts projects.