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.