Dale R. Dekker, AIA, AICP

Founding Principal / Architect

Dale Dekker | Architect | Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

As an original founder of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Dale has extensive experience in architecture and planning projects that are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. Dale's contributions to architecture include high-tech, one-of-a-kind research facilities for Sandia National Labs, award-winning school designs across the Southwest, and large-scale master planning projects, such as the UNM Master Plan Update.

Raised in Albuquerque, Dale has developed an extensive network of individuals and companies that are routinely brought together to create successful projects. “The built environment is part of what defines a community," said Dale. “As community builders, we recognize that developing effective relationships throughout the community is pivotal in being able to create quality places." A recent example of Dale's complex collaborations is the nationally recognized renovation and adaptive reuse of the old Albuquerque High School into new modern lofts. The private-public partnership successfully preserved one of the more architecturally and historically significant structures in Albuquerque.

Dale is also involved in enhancing the quality of life in his community by participating as a volunteer on a variety of boards and commissions. Dale is a member of the Economic Forum, the Executive Committee of Albuquerque Economic Development (AED), Board Member and Past Chair of NAIOP, Past-District Council Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to the Construction Industries Commission and the State of New Mexico Workforce Solutions Development Board. Dale also serves on a variety of non-profit boards, including the Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation and the Central New Mexico Community College Foundation.

As an experienced architect and planner, Dale is committed to building a better state and community. He is currently leading an effort for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, called the 2065 Plan that is intended to take a long-range look at what the city and region might look like 50 years from today.

Presentations & Citations

> 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award, Leadership New Mexico

> Intelligent Machines and the Future of Work

> Self-Driving Cars: A Game Changer for Commercial Real Estate?

> Water and Economic Development

> Winner of the 2014 Chuck Gara Community Leader Award

> Dekker Vision

> New Mexico Needs a 21st Century Business Plan

> New Mexico is home to some of the lowest renewable energy costs in the U.S.

>New Mexico Must Be Ready to Change Post Pandemic

>The Business of Albuquerque with Dale Dekker

>Architect: NM needs to strategize for 'next normal'

>No better time to diversify NM

>Dale Dekker Named 2021 AED Advocate of the Year

>Dale Dekker Honored with ENR Southwest's 2022 Legacy Award

> N.M. Architect Makes an Impact, by Design

>The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare for It

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"Community relationships are pivotal in being able to create quality places.”

Professional Credentials

Registered Architect: New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Certified

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Member

American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member

2016 Board of Directors, NAIOP National

Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member

New Mexico Architectural Foundation, Member

Central New Mexico Community College Foundation Board, 1992-present

The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of Energy, Renewables & Water


Bachelor of Architecture, Texas Tech University