Rupal Engineer, RA
Architect ... Designer ... Educator ... Mentor ... Catalyst ... Dancer
Rupal Engineer is the Principal-in-Charge and Project Architect for Design Plus, LLC. She has been in continuous practice for over 25 years and possesses a diverse portfolio of project and programming experience in New Mexico and has experience working throughout the country. She possesses extensive technical expertise in resource management, building systems, innovative design solutions, sustainable design practices, building life-safety and fire codes, ADA regulations, and universal accessibility standards.
She is also the founder of the design research, strategy, and educational studio, Indigo Moose, which focuses on specialized educational facility research and the design of custom and innovative, hands-on educational programs that use design thinking while integrating STE(A)M concepts, Common Core, NAEYC program and accreditation standards, 21st Century Skills, and Connected Learning principles.
Rupal possesses research and practice based expertise in developing sensitivity calibrated built environments whereby each student finds their optimal learning potential, whether they are students enrolled in early childhood programs or students with severe and profound social, mental, and physical disabilities. She also has in-depth knowledge of universal design practices and experience with applying evidence based research into program requirements for education facilities.
Laura Stamatkin, RA
Creator ... Planner ... Organizer ... Gardener ... Chocoholic
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Laura grew up exploring a city rich in architectural history. Her grandfather, a retired architect in Detroit, shared his love for art and the built environment throughout her childhood and teens, which inspired her to become an architect. Laura studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology's historic Mies van der Rohe campus in Chicago. After graduation, Laura worked in Chicago for a couple years before meeting Rupal and deciding it was time for a change in scenery. She packed her bags for Albuquerque and now enjoys the New Mexico sunshine, green chile, gardening, playing with her dog, and exploring her state.
Dawn Otten, RA
Designer … Creator … Adventurer … Visionary … Enthusiast
Dawn was born and raised in Colorado where she gained an appreciation of the built environment and a passion for good design. She became interested in Architecture at an early age realizing the potential and impact of the places we inhabit. She has an adventurous spirit and enjoys exploring New Mexico’s landscape during her free time while mountain biking, hiking, and camping.
Irreverent ... Loyal ... Opinionated ... Compassionate ... Dependable
A child of the Atomic 50’s, Nancy graduated from Del Norte High School and completed several years of post-secondary education. During her lifetime, she fulfilled many roles: student, mother, volunteer, supporter and staying out of the limelight.
During her long working career, she has mostly held administrative/legal assistant positions. She believes her designated purpose is to help others succeed (and to be indispensable). Her wacky sense of humor helps her get through the difficult times. She looks forward to her “retirement job” in the next few years, although she does not yet know what it will be...
Designer ... Artist ... Educator ... Climber ... Rebel
Celine splits her time between many design interests including architecture, education, graphic design and visual art. She graduated with a degree in art history and architecture from Barnard College in New York City, where she also worked for a book designer in Brooklyn and interned at an anarchist architecture firm. She moved back to Albuquerque after college and joined Design Plus in order to gain experience in design education. She assists in teaching Indigo Moose's Design Studio at Albuquerque Academy every summer, and plans and teaches other Indigo Moose classes throughout the year.
Born and raised in Bangladesh, Christine grew up in a military family where, through her dad’s posting, she got a taste of urban life as well as suburban life. Her love for the built environment as well as her desire to respect the natural environment was one of the main reasons she went into architecture. Growing up just beside Louis Kahn’s parliament complex in Bangladesh, she was always intrigued by the design approach of various foreign architects. Her desire for new experiences inspired her to do her masters in the US, 8000 miles away from home. After her masters, she joined Design Plus, a small office where there is enormous potential for learning and growing. She enjoys being a part of a professional yet small, tight-knit design family.