Indigo Moose is a design education firm that offers fun classes, events, and camps in New Mexico, based around hands-on, project based learning. We use design as a vehicle to explore a wide variety of subjects including science, math, art, engineering, sustainability, architecture, geometry, creative writing, history and sociology. Students often leave our studios with portfolio-quality work that they can used to deepen and enrich their understanding in other subjects, develop their skills in making their ideas come to life, and further their interest in design as a potential career path. Our goal to help children, parents, and teachers become creative thinkers and problem solvers, think holistically and collaboratively, better understand their role in the natural and built environment, and help them find their ‘inner designer’.
Firm founders Rupal Engineer and Manny Juarez are both graduates of the University of New Mexico School of Architecture graduate program where they began working with students interested in architecture. Combining a passion for architecture and design with a love of teaching they resolved to devote their time and firm resources to support programs based around architecture and the design process. Evolving from within their architecture and planning firm, Design Plus, Indigo Moose was created to be the research and education programming arm of their design studio.