Profile: New Mexico, United States of America

January 2, 2007 at 11:29 pm Leave a comment


“Sometimes, you daydream, you think someday, maybe. My dream came true.”

Kee and Mary Augustine, like many on the Navajo reservation in Nageezi, New Mexico, lived in poverty. Their ceiling was collapsing, the floor cracking and they lacked an adequate supply of fresh water. The couple had lived a traditional life and now, in their 70s, their limited income prevented them from improving their surroundings.

Navajo architecture students Christopher Billey, Adrian Holiday, Tanya Yellowhair and Jason Croxton returned to the reservation to improve the lives of their elders. They drew inspiration from the traditional native American home, the Hogan, and the role it played in Navajo life. The four elements of fire, air, earth and water are honored in the design. The chahash’oh, a centuries old shade structure became the inspiration for a long porch and sloping roof system that collects rainwater, depositing it into a cistern. The new home built for the Augustines now provides an adequate water supply in the drought plagued region and the structure has become a prototype for housing in the area.

Linthicum, Leslie. (August 14, 2005). Building Home Teaches Navajo Designers More About Their Culture. Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved December 28, 2006 from


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