Shawn Evans, AIA, is Principal and Director of Preservation and Cultural Projects at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, a 25-person architecture, planning, and preservation firm with offices in Santa Fe, NM and Philadelphia, PA. His work enables community-first architecture, using innovative approaches to historic preservation to build stronger, economically and culturally resilient communities.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Shawn received a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Shawn has over 25 years of experience and leads many of the firm’s preservation, cultural, and institutional projects, including master plans for Eastern State Penitentiary (PA), the Penn Museum (PA), Fort Apache (AZ), Cherokee Castle (CO), University of Pennsylvania, and Colorado College. He has led complex preservation planning efforts for historic housing at Ohkay Owingeh, Pueblo de Cochiti, and Santo Domingo Pueblo, as well as numerous churches and historic sites.
A frequent speaker on heritage and museums, he has presented at many conferences including: ATALM (2013, 2018, 2019), MPMA (2019), MAAM (2011, 2008, 2018), Texas A&M Annual Historic Preservation Symposium (2017), APTI (2016), SFAI140 (2015), NPCE (2015), Building Creative Communities NM (2014, 2015), NAISA (2014), EarthUSA (2013), NM Rural Forum (2013), NJHT (2012), Colorado Saving Places (2012, 2011), and NMHPA (2010).
His innovative preservation work at Eastern State Penitentiary and Ohkay Owingeh was exhibited during the 2018 Venice Biennale.
He has taught and lectured at Temple University,the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of New Mexico. A recipient of the AIA Philadelphia Young Architect Award in 2004, Shawn received the James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship in 2011, through which he broadened his collaboration with the Pueblo tribes of the Southwest.