Benjamin H. Gardner III, AIA, LEED AP

CEO / Principal / Architect

Benjamine Gardner | Architect | Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Chief Executive Officer and working principal of the D/P/S commercial group, Benjamin is dedicated to improving the built environment using skills acquired from combined backgrounds in architecture, construction, and construction management. Benjamin has been with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini since 2001, and has led multiple project teams through all phases of planning, design, and construction administration. His years with D/P/S have given him a breadth of project experience that informs his unique understanding of the issues faced by developers, educators, and the communities in which the firm does business.

Benjamin also has a long history of developing his family-owned properties, including hotels and a Montessori preschool and elementary academy that serves over 200 students, which he co-founded with his wife. His background provides him with a clear understanding of commercial real estate development, including mixed-use, retail, and civic properties.

Benjamin is an active member of several professional associations and serves on the Board of Explora’s Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque, as well as the Board’s Executive Committee. Benjamin is active in community outreach efforts and business development for D/P/S.

Presentations & Citations

> Does it Work? A Post-Occupancy Evaluation Focused on How Facility Design Promotes Project Based Learning

> The Benefits of On-Call Procurement for Design Professional Services

> Design for Education

> Looking Back to Look Forward

> The Future of Career and Vocational Education

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“The best part of architecture for me is seeing the big picture, all the obstacles and different perspectives, and coming together to create places that fill a need and enrich lives.”

Professional Credentials

Registered Architect: Colorado, New Mexico

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Certified

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE - formerly CEFPI), Member

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE - formerly CEFPI), New Mexico Chapter President, 2014

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Member

United States Army Veteran

Albuquerque Cultural Association of India, Member

Leadership New Mexico, 2017 Core Program Member


Master of Architecture, University of New Mexico

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture, University of New Mexico