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D/P/S Announces Retirement of Founding Principal

September 17, 2020

It is with mixed emotions that D/P/S announces the retirement of founding principal, Bill Sabatini.

For over 20 years, Bill Sabatini served as the lead design principal for Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. With extensive experience in healthcare, education, research, and administrative projects, he developed a disciplined, rational design process particularly applicable to complex, technically challenging projects. With evidence-based design principles to guide and inspire his work and attention paid to both the interior and exterior environment, he established a strong reputation for design quality.

Benjamin Gardner, chief executive officer, said, “When I was in architecture school Bill gave a talk to my class and his passion for architecture and design was very inspiring. It made me want to work for D/P/S. At D/P/S, Bill always challenged me to be a better architect and to think about how what we create brings value to the communities in which we work. He continues to provide inspiration through his painting, his new career. I wish him the best in his retirement! He has earned it.”

Over his 40 years of practice, Bill contributed to the design of a number of healthcare facilities, including Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, IHS Kayenta Health Center and the upcoming Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center. In 2016, he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows and in 2017 he was elected to the American College of Healthcare Architects Council of Fellows.

Dale Dekker, founding principal, said, “Bill’s contribution to our profession and to the quality of life in our community is a true testament to his professionalism and design talent.”

As a founding principal of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Bill significantly contributed to the growth and success of the firm, which has become a strong employer with over 200 employees in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona and gained a national reputation landing on Architectural Record’s Top 300 Firms for ten consecutive years.

We extend our warmest wishes for the future to Bill and his family. He will be greatly missed here at D/P/S!