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A home designer/architect/ will create a stunning blue exterior for your dream home, complemented by an elegant stone walkway.
A modern Santa Fe-style house illuminated beautifully at night.

High Performance Construction & Net Zero Energy

Palo Santo Designs LLC is an award – winning architecture and construction firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We specialize in contemporary custom home building and distinctive commercial development. We have been recognized among the best contemporary home builders and architecture firms in Santa Fe. And we are committed to the highest quality in craftsmanship and sustainability. We deliver personalized project management to our clients and development partners that is tailored to their unique goals. Our experience is unsurpassed in the design and construction of high-performance buildings. We utilize the most effective methods for energy and water efficiency, durability, and beauty.

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Our Team

Three people, an architect and a contractor, standing next to each other in a black and white photo. Meet The Team


If you are looking for a team you can entrust to build your dream home with integrity, stellar communication, and the utmost care, Palo Santo Designs is that team. They met all our expectations for a sustainable home that is comfortable and full of personal touches. Our wishes for functional, interesting spaces have been realized at the same time structural demands were satisfied. Their team navigated both the city and the HOA with expertise that truly made for a smooth process. We love living in our new home and know Palo Santo Designs will continue to be there for us.
Cristi Branum
Owner of a Palo Santo Home
[...] I live on the east coast and over the years, have never been able to find the right fit with a contractor/designer where I’d feel comfortable having something built while living so far away. I wanted quality design and construction, someone that was environmentally conscious, and most of all someone I felt I could trust. About a year ago, I was looking at house designs in New Mexico on houzz and came across Palo Santo’s work [....] So, I reached out to Mark regarding the possibility of building something on the land I owned. We traded ideas and sketches for several months via emails and phone calls. We met in person during a trip to New Mexico and I knew these were the right guys to work with. They have great ideas, were very responsive, and delivered an on-time and on-budget project that exceeded my expectations!
Julie Gray
Owner of a Palo Santo Home
Palo Santo built our house starting in the Summer of 2014. The ten month process was great. Their work was very efficient (project took less than a year), well crafted, and we were able to stay on budget. We had a great relationship with the builders and where able to voice concerns when needed and response was quick. The best part is the finished product…we have a beautiful home to raise our children, entertain our friends, and enjoy the sun rise and set. The house is beautiful. I highly recommend using Palo Santo.
Stewart Anderson
Owner of a Palo Santo Home
Working with Palo Santo Designs has been an absolute delight. They are committed stewards of the planet and they demonstrate that in their everyday actions as builders of sustainable homes of the highest quality. The partners and staff are young and energetic, yet have enough solid experience where one can rely on their being well versed and experienced in the craft of building construction. As architects, we relish the opportunity for a long and sustained collaboration.
Jon Dick
Archaeo Architects
In 2011 my partner and suffered a house fire and lost our home and all of our belongings. It was a very delicate time for us and therefore it was extremely important to find a contractor that not only did good work but was compassionate and grounded. I feel like we hit the jackpot with Palo Santo! Their craftsmanship and attention to detail is near perfection. Their professional yet warm communication made them so easy to work with. Our passive solar home is so efficient, it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We love our beautiful new home! Thank you Palo Santo!
PSD Client
August 2012
Working with Mark and his expert team was a great experience. Our project was complete when he said it would be even inspite of all my changes. The finished product was beautiful and we couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend Palo Santo to anyone contemplating a remodel or building from scratch.
PSD Client
May 2013
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Palo Santo Designs stands at the forefront of architectural excellence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offering unparalleled services as a distinguished architect and commercial building designer. Our commitment to blending aesthetic beauty with functional living spaces allows us to create custom, innovative designs that redefine the essence of Santa Fe’s architectural landscape. Our team of skilled architects excels in transforming visions into reality, making us the go-to expert for anyone looking to craft their dream home or commercial space with a touch of Santa Fe’s unique charm and elegance.


As a leading home builder and contractor in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Palo Santo Designs specializes in high-quality construction services for both residential and commercial projects. Our expertise in custom home building and eco-friendly construction practices ensures that every project we undertake is built to the highest standards of durability, sustainability, and beauty. With a focus on precision and excellence, our construction team works tirelessly to deliver projects that not only meet but exceed client expectations, solidifying our reputation as Santa Fe’s premier construction expert.

Real Estate

Navigating the real estate landscape in Santa Fe, New Mexico, requires a partner who deeply understands both the market and the unique architectural and construction qualities of the area. Palo Santo Designs offers comprehensive real estate services, specializing in properties that exemplify the best in custom home building and architectural design. Whether you’re in the market for a luxurious custom-built home or a strategically designed commercial space, our team of real estate experts is dedicated to helping clients find or create properties that perfectly align with their needs, preferences, and lifestyle.



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A rendering of a Santa Fe-style building with cars parked in front of it.

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