P. O. Box 16148
Albuquerque, NM 87191
p. 505-328-3969, f: 505-856-0104
Jean Gibson, Executive Director


  Pat McMurray, AIA Recipient of the 2015 AIA New Mexico Architects Medal Award  

Early in his career he served as the AIA Albuquerque Chapter’s president gaining more experience in working with people, meeting challenges of the profession and providing leadership in all kinds of circumstances, including the State Legislature.

He accepted a position as the Director of the Department of Facilities Planning and Construction for the Albuquerque Public Schools, a position he held for 13 years.  During that time he saw $55-60 million worth of projects each month in capital improvements.

Later he accepted the position of Senior Facilities Manager with the State of New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority.  His responsibilities included direct supervision of office personnel and thirteen Regional Managers who live throughout the state of New Mexico.  He traveled throughout the state working with school districts, their boards of education, and more importantly the school communities, school superintendents, principals, teachers, students, design professionals, and leaders of these communities, businessmen and women, city councils, mayors, and their respective state legislators developing their capital improvement projects. 

In 2013, Pat McMurray accepted the Governor’s appointed position to the State of New Mexico Construction Industries and Manufactured Housing Division.  He is implementing a “cultural” change within this division, where customer service and economic growth are paramount, without compromising the enforcement of licensing, permitting, and code compliance.

His enthusiasm, experience, educational background and dedication to the professions, along with his interpersonal skills, resulting in cooperative working relationships with all involved qualify him for this most prestigious award.

The New Mexico Architects Medal is awarded to a nominee with achievement viewed as an advancement of the profession and the socially responsible role that an architect must perform within the greater community. The medal is only awarded to those individuals whose accomplishments have had a significant impact upon the profession of architecture and society.

To see past Honor Award recipients click here.