• Art Dekker
    1948
    Air Force Captain Art Dekker joins Brittle & Ginner Architects, Albuquerque, NM
  • First Presbyterian
    1952
    Art Dekker made Principal in Brittle, Ginner & Dekker Architects, Albuquerque, NM
  • Redeemer Lutheran
    1959
    Art Dekker Architecture & Engineering founded in Albuquerque, NM
  • Jess Holmes
    1967
    Jess Holmes founds Jess T. Holmes, Architect in Albuquerque, NM
  • Bill Sabatini
    1978
    Jess Holmes & Bill Sabatini relocate to Las Vegas, NV
  • 1982
    Dale Dekker forms Dekker & Associates with Art Dekker
  • Holmes Sabatini Associates Architects
    1984
    Jess & Bill return to Albuquerque to found Holmes/Sabatini Associates Architects (HSAA)
  • Steve Perich
    1987
    Steve Perich joins Dekker & Associates
  • Whitney Library
    1988
    HSAA opens Las Vegas, NV office
  • 1988
    Dekker & Associates hires first employee to design using the computer
  • 1990
    HSAA completes the east expansion of the Albuquerque Convention Center
  • Dale Dekker & Steve Perich
    1992
    Dekker/Perich & Associates founded
  • D/P/S Historic
    1998
    Merger forms Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S) in Albuquerque
  • D/P/S Office Historic
    2000
    D/P/S & HSAA Las Vegas merge to form Dekker/Perich/Holmes/Sabatini
  • AIA WMR Firm of the Year
    2002
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini named AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year
  • D/P/S Opens Amarillo Office
    2003
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini opens in Amarillo, TX
  • 2005
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini completes renovation of Albuquerque's original High School
  • Jefferson Green LEED Gold
    2006
    D/P/S designs & moves into first commercial LEED Gold office building in New Mexico
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  • ABQ Uptown
    2006
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini completes ABQ Uptown
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  • 2009
    D/P/S celebrates its 50th anniversary
  • Rust Medical Center
    2011
    D/P/S completes largest project in firm history: Rust Medical Center for Presbyterian Hospital
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  • D/P/S Las Cruces Office
    2011
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini opens in Las Cruces, NM
  • 2012
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini completes a transformation of the Del Norte High School campus
  • 2013
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini named Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southwest
  • D/P/S Logo
    2014
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini gets new graphic identity and website
  • Phoenix
    2014
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini opens in Phoenix, AZ
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  • NAIOP Office of the Future
    2014
    Winner of national NAIOP Interior Design/Build-Out Office of the Future, 2020 Design Competition
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  • 2015
    ENR Southwest ranks D/P/S as the number one Architecture Firm in the market sector subcategory
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  • WELL Building Institute
    2015
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is first firm in the southwest to participate in the WELL Building Institute’s Multifamily Pilot Program
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  • 2015
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini completes renovation of the Albuquerque Convention Center
  • Bill Sabatini, FAIA
    2016
    Bill Sabatini elevated to the AIA College of Fellows
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  • Photovoltaics
    2016
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini signs AIA 2030 Commitment
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  • 2016
    D/P/S wins Samaritan Counseling Center's New Mexico Ethics in Business Award
  • 2017
    ENR Southwest ranks D/P/S as the number one Architecture Firm in the general building, Education + Healthcare Sector subcategories
  • 2018
    D/P/S completes first WELL registered project in New Mexico
  • 2019
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini celebrates its 60th anniversary
  • 2019
    Kendal Giles and Benjamin Gardner named new COO, CEO
  • 2019
    D/P/S designs Amaran, the first senior living community designed from the ground-up with Montessori principles in mind
  • 2019
    Dekker/Perich/Sabatini achieves milestone of 60 LEED Certified projects

A History of Progressing Architecture

Art Dekker Architects was founded in 1959 by the father of current principal Dale Dekker. In 1998, Dekker/Perich & Associates and Holmes/Sabatini & Associates merged to become Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, which brought together multiple specialties under one roof. It was a revolutionary group of people suited to solving more complex challenges.

Over the last 60 years, our clients’ challenges have grown, and thus, so has our team. Today, we continue to empower our clients by questioning the status quo and creating empathic, locally focused designs driven by our distinct perspective—so that tomorrow the spaces we create continue to hold up to the challenges of the future.


An Enduring Legacy

Our former leaders created a legacy of strong relationships and inspiring projects that continues to shape our firm's vision and culture.

For nearly 30 years Steve expertly guided the strategic direction for D/P/S. In addition to his various management duties, he took pleasure in being personally involved in a few selected projects at any given time. Staying engaged in the design process kept him current with the ever-changing challenges of the industry, and was something he found personally fulfilling. He took great pride in seeing the firm of talented individuals he worked with play a key role in making clients’ dreams come true. In 2015, he was recognized as New Mexico’s top CEO in the business services category. Steve passed away in 2019. He leaves behind a legacy of character and service that continues to shape the mission and trajectory of D/P/S today.

Prior to his retirement in the spring of 2020, Bill served as the lead design principal at D/P/S for over 20 years. 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.

As Principal-in-Charge of commercial projects, Chris directed a variety of design types, including mixed-use, transit-oriented development, retail, office, hospitality, residential, industrial, and master planning. He participated in all stages of a project, from planning to completion. His leadership in business park master planning, conceptual building design, and entitlements services contributed to millions of square feet of functional, profitable, high-quality space. Chris retired in the summer of 2020.

Dan joined D/P/S in 1998 and led the design of higher education facilities for the firm. He was especially interested in understanding the relationship of environment to the success of learning, and how pedagogical differences impact those environments. He believes that design is not about style, but about the processes that occur inside and out, creating spaces that are about people, time, and location. Dan retired in the spring of 2021.