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nex+Gen Academy High School

Albuquerque Public Schools | Albuquerque, NM

Based on the New Tech Foundation’s 21st Century High School Model, nex+Gen Academy combines small school principles with collaborative, project-based learning exercises that emphasize technology as an essential tool. All learning and support spaces within the school are outfitted with infrastructure to support digital media, distance learning, and wireless connections.

The design response to the school’s curriculum is an open, transparent environment. Influenced by real-world corporate environments, interior spaces are engaging for both students and staff. Large, studio-like areas facilitate team teaching, student interaction, and project collaboration while a variety of multi-use, break-out spaces allow for small group and individual learning experiences. Additionally, a centralized commons area with a stage for presentation and cyber café provides space for large group assembly and casual study.

Mobile interactive smart boards, large work tables, ample casework storage, and easily reconfigurable furnishings offer flexibility. Hardwired and wireless connections support school-issued laptops and other technology throughout the building. Several spaces include additional technology to specifically support distance learning and digital media.

Does It Work?

How can building design support and foster a successful project based learning curriculum? This presentation, shared by D/P/S principals Benjamin Gardner and Sanjay Kadu at the 2016 A4LE LearningSCAPES Conference, considers the research behind the design of nex+Gen Academy and how the program has evolved after 5 years in the facility, which was specifically designed around a project based learning curriculum. View the presentation below or read the article published in Educational Facility Planner.

“This award winning facility works superbly to support our unique project-based learning curriculum."



Services Provided

Structural Engineering
Interior Design
Sustainable Design

Featured Staff

Benjamin H. Gardner III Sanjay Kadu Adrienne Lewis Emily Allen


LEED Silver, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

2011 Grand Prize Award, Learning By Design

2011 Award of Merit, ENR Southwest

2011 Best K-12 Education Project, ENR Southwest

2011 Top K-12 Education Project, NAIOP New Mexico

2010 Citation Award, AIA Albuquerque

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What We Create

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.


Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.


We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients  for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.


We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.

Landscape Architecture

We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places  – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.


We are committed to delivering quality multi-family housing. With full-time dedicated staff, we have developed the knowledge, resources, and networks to deliver the best, most well-designed product for our clients. We work closely with our clients to quickly produce graphic packages that illustrate flexible solutions that can be easily priced and worked into a pro forma. Focusing on the amenities, construction costs, rent structure, and financing options very early in the process helps give shape to the finished product.

Structural Engineering

We provide structural engineering services to all of the specialized architecture design groups across our firm, as well as for external clients. Our goal is to create a truly integrated structural solution for any design challenge. We strive towards creative and efficient design solutions, utilizing a wide variety of structural systems and building materials. To accomplish this, we are involved in projects from inception to final punchlist.


We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served. 


As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.


We have extensive experience in the design of LEED buildings, and we’re committed to incorporating appropriate sustainable strategies into our projects. Although sustainable design has recently become a popular national trend, our firm has embraced this concept for many years as responsible design professionals. We have realized energy efficient projects for our unique climate by using common sense approaches to building siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems, and the use of building materials readily available in our region.


We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.

Interior Design

We believe the successful interior design of a space requires a collaborative effort. We work as a team with our clients and consultants - a team with a common goal of achieving the most dynamic results, smoothly and reliably. Our staff of Interior Designers and Interior Architects provide the highest level of expertise in design and construction.

In Progress

Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.