Client: The Institute of American Indian Arts

Location: Santa Fe, NM

Size: 23,315 SF


The IAIA Multipurpose Performing Arts and Fitness Center project is the newest addition to the Institute of American Indian Arts campus, providing space for two campus programs: Health/Fitness and Performing Arts.

The new building has been designed in accordance with the master plan concept and provides various spaces, existing paths and new extensions which will connect the building to the rest of the campus. Spaces within the building intended primarily for student use are located near the existing student dormitory while more public spaces are located near one of the main entrances to the campus for easy access and visibility. An outdoor amphitheater, designed as a gathering space for students as well as a teaching and performance space, is located between the new building and the existing student dormitory.

The Performing Arts component of the project includes a black box theater, which provides a flexible space for various types of performances, and support spaces such as rehearsal studios, dance studios, dressing rooms, a green room and a costume shop. Offices for staff are also included in the new building.

The Health/Fitness component of the project includes a gymnasium and a fitness room with weight and cardio equipment.

Common spaces include a lobby, concessions area, and a ticket/admission office. These spaces allow the public to gather during special events. Public areas include a gallery space, which is a common theme throughout the campus, a donor wall located at the main lobby, and an exterior plaza near the main entrance.

The interior features polished concrete floor as well as neutral colors interspersed with vibrant accent colors. The exterior of the building features metal wall panels, neutral stucco colors accented with vibrant stucco colors, exposed steel elements, and a curtain glass wall at the lobby with a high canopy roof. The combination of materials and colors ties the building into the existing campus aesthetic, while still distinguishing it as the Performing Arts and Fitness Center.


Key Staff

Dyron Murphy

Vanessa Garcia

Oscar Tovar