Antoine Predock, a world-renowned architect, University of New Mexico alumnus, supporter, and dear friend of the UNM School of Architecture + Planning, died Saturday, March 2, in Albuquerque. He was 87. Predock’s passion for architecture left an indelible mark on the built environment, and his dedication to supporting students and professionals richly impacted the architectural community in New Mexico.

Born in Lebanon, Mo., in 1936, Predock first came to New Mexico to study engineering at UNM. However, after taking a technical drawing course with architecture professor Don Schlegel, he discovered a talent and enthusiasm for architecture. This change in trajectory would eventually lead to dozens of ground-breaking architectural projects and international acclaim.

Though he transferred to Columbia University to complete his degree, Predock returned to Albuquerque in 1967 to establish his professional practice and maintained a strong presence in the state until his passing. He often referred to New Mexico as his spiritual home, and his work was greatly influenced by the state’s natural forces.

Predock’s first significant work, the Westside townhouse community of La Luz del Oeste (1967-1974), was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2023. Other notable projects include the Rio Grande Nature Center, Nelson Fine Arts Center at Arizona State University, San Diego Padres Ballpark, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

In 2000, his firm was selected to design SA+P’s new home, George Pearl Hall, which was completed in 2008. The building’s singular design draws from the natural environment of New Mexico and fosters transparency, collaboration, and innovation among students and instructors.

In 2017, Predock donated his downtown Albuquerque home and studio to SA+P, now established as the Predock Center for Design and Research. Its goal is to support student and faculty research in the allied fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and community and regional planning.

"We are heavily mourning the loss of Antoine Predock, but we're so fortunate to have established, with his guidance, the Predock Center for Design and Research, where we will share his vision with the world,” said SA+P Dean Robert Alexander González. “This is sited in the studio buildings and home where his team of over 300 collaborators and apprentices designed every single building he envisioned.

“He was an architect of international stature who could have practiced anywhere, but his strong regional roots kept him in New Mexico. It was a gift that he stayed with us for his entire career and that our students can breathe his presence every day at George Pearl Hall."

Throughout his career, he received many accolades, including the Rome Prize in Design in 1985, the AIA Gold Medal in 2006, the National Design Award in 2007, and an Honorary Degree from UNM in 2001.

The School of Architecture + Planning is honored to be surrounded by Antoine Predock’s legacy and to work to carry on his spirit of inventiveness and curiosity. Predock’s life and work serve as a shining example to all of our students of what is possible in an architectural career, and his incredible passion for architecture, design, and New Mexico will be dearly missed.

Predock is survived by his wife, Constance DeJong, his sons Jason and Hadrian, and three grandchildren.