Welcome to the studio of Archetype Design and home designer
Vishu Magee – designing and building exceptional homes in Taos since 1973.
Since 1973 my goal has been to integrate contemporary design and green building technology into classic adobe architecture. Solar design kicked off the green building movement in the mid ’70s, contemporary style has grown in popularity, and today digital technology is changing the way we live, design and build. It’s been an interesting time for architects and designers!
My parallel interest has been a study of how architecture can complement human psychology and actually shape our daily experience in a positive way. This requires that I deeply understand my clients and discover what sort of home will realize their dreams. Ultimately, it means assembling and supervising the contractor and construction team that will build the project on time, on budget, and in the right spirit. That’s what produces an exceptional home.
My houses, in short, display a wide range of both architectural styles and budgets. Certainly I prefer non-toxic and native materials, a deep respect for the building site, and as green a design as the owner could possibly want. Every home is one-of-a-kind and results from blending client preferences with site conditions and my own creativity.
I pay meticulous attention to interior spaces and finishes – and I usually design the landscapes as well. I have designed many remodels, and received awards for Large Kitchen Design, Remodel Design and Grand Award Design from the Homebuilders Association of Central New Mexico in 2009.
I’ve been publishing the Construction Costs Handbook for twenty years and I am committed to matching project design to project budget. You will find that my own fees, while higher than some designers, are considerably lower than most architects.
This website offers some helpful resources:
The Online Portfolio – some of my best homes.
Green Building – a comprehensive survey of solar and sustainable building systems and techniques.
The Construction Costs Handbook – presenting current building costs for Taos. Useful for homeowners, architects and contractors alike. (Bulletin: the 2014 edition is out, showing that costs have changed little since 2012.)
The Residential Design Questionnaire and FAQ’s to help you through the first steps of planning and design.
I hope you’ll find these images and resources useful. Please call me – put my forty years of experience to work on your own project!