what we do

Envision… Plan… Achieve…

ARC is a unique architectural consulting firm specializing in the areas of planning, architectural programming, facility evaluation, and architectural research. Founded in 1976, it is the largest and longest-established firm in New Mexico specializing in planning.

Since its inception, ARC has provided services to numerous federal, state, and local governments in urban planning, land planning, and the planning of office, educational, health, and specialized facilities. Over time, we have refined and honed existing processes and procedures, adopted and developed new services, and pioneered new technologies. Many clients have come to rely on the accuracy of ARC’s data and its translation into rational policies, recommendations, and decision-making. More than 80 percent of ARC’s business has been for repeat clients, which include the State of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Park Service, the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, CNM, and Albuquerque Public Schools. ARC’s staff members bring unexcelled experience in facility master planning, facility programming, urban and community planning, and facility evaluation.

what we offer

A few things we’re great at

We have extensive experience conducting large-scale and specialized planning studies for facility programming and master planning, community planning, educational facility planning, and other technical services.

Facility Programming and Master Planning

Our planning efforts encompass the entire facility planning cycle with a focus on pre-/post-design activities. With this unique perspective, we provide you with specialized assistance in making the prudent decisions that affect your long-term planning. 

Community Planning

ARC’s community plans assist our clients in identifying issues and developing strategies that address current and long-range needs to improve infrastructure, enhance health and welfare, and assist local economies while retaining local character and culture.

Educational Facility Planning

ARC specializes in facilities master planning for educational institutions including facility condition assessment and capital master planning. ARC is the acknowledged leader for these services in New Mexico and the southwest region.

The secret of success

 By programming and master planning facilities, government agencies, private organizations, laboratories, and education institutions can design buildings that work.

Information Technology

Our in-house information technology services provide our clients with expert assistance in data collection, management, and analysis. We also design, implement, and maintain web applications for our clients.

Computer Visualization

Visualization is a method of conveying information using illustrations, images, or animation. These graphics can model an abstract concept or a specific technical problem and assist with analysis of them. 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

We provide GIS services to our clients, especially school districts. ARC uses ARCInfo, QGIS, MapInfo, and web-based GIS for our spatial analysis and mapping support services.

Facility Condition Assessment (FCA)

A Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) identifies and characterizes physical conditions and deficiencies in the improvements and land of a subject property based on field observations.

A recipe for success…

ARC values our long-term relationships with clients, many spanning decades of successful collaboration.

CES is a purchasing cooperative united by a joint powers agreement to aid member agencies in New Mexico. 

Our work


ARC has completed over 500 projects since its beginning in 1976

District / Regional Office Study for the New Mexico Legislative Council Service

The State of New Mexico Legislative Council Service (LCS) contracted Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated (ARC) to identify potential opportunities for legislative offices (individual or combined) in public facilities and private leased space in New Mexico. The collected data served as a resource pertaining to a larger LCS study about the logistics and resources needed for legislative district or regional staff offices and operations.

Preparation of a Five-Year Facilities Master Plan 2022-2027 for Rio Rancho Public Schools

ARC’s evaluators conducted a comprehensive assessment to address the condition of the facilities and their ability to meet state and district facility standards, accommodate existing and projected enrollments, and serve programmatic needs. ARC identified $378.7 million in capital needs. The district estimates that if its next bond passes, it will fund approximately $70 million, or 19%, of the total capital needed.

Preparation of a Renovation Study for Martinez Hall, NMSU-Grants

NMSU-Grants (NMSU-G) determined that its aging Walter Martinez Memorial Hall (Martinez Hall) facility required renovation, and made this project its foremost request from the State for 2023 capital funding. NMSU-G retained ARC to determine the extent of renovation needed and justification for funding.

Our Team

ARC’s staff includes architects, planners, graphic artists, computer programmers, analysts, and editors.

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