Lee Gamelsky Architects P.C. (LGA) is an award winning architectural firm dedicated to the concept of creating the “art of architecture”.  The firm has a diverse portfolio that includes Education, Cultural Facilities, Performing Arts, Museums, Office, Retail, Hospitality, Industrial, Urban Design and Residential Projects.

Each design is the result of an interdisciplinary creative collaboration of design professionals and the owner representatives. Our studio practice embodies unique connections between the programmatic requirements and the culture, context, history, geomorphology and the site environment.  Our designs strive to capture the spirit of the place, improve value, and make people's lives better.

Since the firm’s inception in 1986 our practice has been enriched by the challenges of its diverse project types.  To that end LGA has received more than 20 design awards and has been featured in architectural books and periodicals.


  •  From the Ground Up:  Design Here + Now

2015       516 Arts

  •  COA Pilots’ Pavilion Welcome Center

2014       AIA Albuquerque Merit Award

  •  Chaumont International Design Competition

2012       Award Winner

  •  COA Open Space Visitor Center

2007       Southwest Contractor Magazine, Best Public Project Under $10 Million

  •  COA Wells Park Community Center

2007       Metal Architecture

2007       NAIOP Award of Merit

  •  South Valley Economic Development Center

2005       AIA NM Merit Award

  •  Lee Gamelsky Architects P.C.

2004       Metal Architecture Magazine, Noted Architectural Firm

  •  Deming Senior Center

2004       AIA Albuquerque Merit Award

  •  Zinc wine bar and bistro

2004       AIA Albuquerque Merit Award

  •  NNMC High Technology Manufacturing Training Facility

2002       Metal Architecture Honorable Mention

  •  Seasons Restaurant – Scottsdale

2000       AIA NM Interior Architecture

  •  Socorro Public Library

1999       AIA Merit Award

  •  Martineztown Affordable Housing Subdivision

1997       COA Environmental Planning Commission Award of Excellence

  •  Seasons Restaurant – Albuquerque

1997       AIA New Mexico Merit Award

  •  Jicarilla Apache Tribe Senior Citizens Center

1997       Metal Architecture Honorable Mention

  •  Cloudcroft Old Brick Schoolhouse

1997       Historic Preservation Award – Adaptive Reuse

  •  Tobin Residence

1995       Great Homes of Albuquerque Honorable Mention

  •  Gray Residence

1994       Great Homes of Albuquerque 1st Place

  •  East Mountain Library

1997       NM Business Journal/Associated General Contractors Best Building Energy Conservation

1994       TACA Award

  •  Café Broadway

1993       NM Business Journal/Albuquerque General Contractors Best Building

1992       TACA Award

  •  COA Lomas del Cielo Housing Rehabilitation

1992       TACA Award

  • Callaghan – Manchester Residence

1989       Remodelers Council of Central New Mexico Interior Renovation

  •  Tijeras Place – Stephens Restaurant – Richard Worthen Gallery

1996       Best Restaurant Conde Nast Magazine

1990       City of Albuquerque Beautification Award

1989       DiRoNa Award of Excellence

1988       AIA (Albuquerque) Orchid Award

1988       The Albuquerque Conservation Association (TACA) Award



  • Gray Residence

Good House Cheap House

Taunton Press


  • Frye Gamelsky Residence

Good House Cheap House

Taunton Press


  •  Chalmers Car Dealership

Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook

9 June 2005

  •  South Valley Economic Development Center

NM Business Weekly

22 April 2005

  •  Coronado State Monument

Albuquerque Journal

2 July 2005

  •  Lee Gamelsky Architects (featured firm profile)

Metal Architecture

July 2004

  •  Zinc

Sources + Design, Jan/Feb 2006

Local Flavor, October 2004

Alibi, 25 September 2003

  •  Albuquerque Little Theatre

NM Business Weekly

20 June 2003

  •  Albuquerque Country Club

Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook

4 April 2005 and 3 March 2003

NM Business Weekly

8 April 2005

  •  Seasons Restaurant

Albuquerque Journal Venue

25 May 2001

  •  T & T Supermart

Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook

16 April 2001

  •  Higher Grounds Café

AS & U Magazine

February 2000

  •  Tobin Residence

Albuquerque Monthly

June 1995

  •  Gray Residence

Albuquerque Monthly

June 1994

  • Frye Gamelsky Residence – Walter Street

Albuquerque Monthly

September 1993



Lee Gamelsky AIA, LEED AP BD + C

Lee Gamelsky has been a licensed architect registered in New Mexico since 1985 and a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1986. As principal and owner of the firm since 1986, he has developed a diverse architectural portfolio of award winning projects. He offers clients a proactive and highly collaborative design process.  His approach is based on listening, open communication and creating an integrated project delivery process of engaging all stakeholders and design team professionals.  His ‘hands on’ involvement extends through all phases of the project along with high energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to excellence.  Lee’s expertise extends to all types of architectural projects, with a focus on public use facilities, education, hospitality, commercial and residential projects.  He is recognized for his innovative designs, ability to bring clarity, excitement, and inspiration to diverse and complex projects, while resolving programmatic and budget constraints.  Lee is dedicated to the pursuit of the ‘Art of Architecture’ in producing the highest quality product.  His designs are contextually sensitive, technologically innovative, sustainable, energy efficient, cost effective, aesthetically inspiring, and improve the well-being for the users, design, and the environment.


New Mexico Architect Certificate No. 1931, licensed in Arizona, Colorado and Texas

NCARB certificate No. 38100

NM General Contractor GB-98, No. 378371



B.S. Environmental Science/Studio Art, State University of NY Albany, 1975

Master of Architecture, University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, 1980

Museum Design and Planning Professional Development, Harvard University, 1996      


Professional Affiliations:     

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board Member, Past Director of Education Committee

U.S. Green Building Council

American Planning Association

National Historic Preservation Association

American Association of Museums

Society for College & University Planning



Adjunct Design Instructor at UNM School of Architecture and Planning, 1998, 2004

Guest Critic at  UNM School of Architecture and Planning, 1999 – present



Arizona Masonry Design Awards, 2004

Su Casa Design Awards, 2006



Member, City of Albuquerque Public Arts Board, 2007-2013, Chairman, 2008 - 2011



NM State Historic Preservation Office, Historic Architect

LEED Accredited Professional BD+C



UNM Hospital Interventional Radiology Operating Suite

Northern New Mexico College Career Enrichment Center

Fan Tang Asian Bistro


Significant Projects:

Sid Cutter Pilots' Pavilion at Balloon Fiesta Park

APS Career Enrichment Center Addition

Navajo Nation Eagle Aviary

Jerry Cline Recreation and Tennis Center, and Park Improvements


Selected Projects as Firm Owner:

NM Museum of Natural History & Science Research & Education Complex

Coronado State Monument Visitor Center and Kiva Renovation

Albuquerque Little Theatre Renovation

Chama Office Building Renovation

Albuquerque Country Club Renovations and Additions

Cafe Broadway

Cloudcroft Old Brick Schoolhouse Community Center

Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum

Jicarilla Apache Senior Center

Milan Natatorium

Eastern NM University Swimming Pool

Cerro Colorado Intermediate Processing Facility/Recycling Center

Rancho di Rio Residence

Gray Residence

Bloch Residence

COA Balloon Fiesta Park Master Development Plan Update and Conceptual Plan

Ellison Office Warehouse Complex

COA Old Town Plaza Renovations


Taos Town Hall Additions/Renovation

Taos Community Auditorium Addition and Renovation

Northern New Mexico College CTE Facility

APS Sierra Vista Elementary School Kindergarten Addition and Art/Music Room

La Esperanza de Academia Charter High School

APS Albuquerque High School PE Additions, Renovations and Performing Arts Center Addition

Hyatt Tamaya Resort Bar Renovation

South Valley Economic Development Center

Deming Senior Citizens Center

Zinc wine bar & bistro

Seasons Restaurants, Albuquerque & Scottsdale


Tijeras Place/Stephens Restaurant/Richard Worthen Gallery

El Zocalo Renovations, Sandoval County Economic Development Center

COA Open Space Visitor Center

COA Wells Park Community Center

Northern NM College High Technology Manufacturing Training Facility and Electronics Department

Northern NM College Administration Building Renovation

Manuel Lujan Building, NM Taxation and Revenue Department Renovation

COA Butterfly Pavilion


Selected Projects as Project Manager with other Architecture firms:

Barcelona Court All Suite Hotel

St. Joseph Hospital Day Surgery and Urgent Care Center

MRI Imaging at Four Woodward Center

Montano y Cuatro Shopping Center

Parkland Hills Shopping Center

Congregation Albert, Synagogue and School