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WAMO Studio Architects, LLC.

WAMO Studio Architects’ design reputation is based on simple, innovative and authentic designs. Since its inception, the firm has pursued a rigorous logic in its design approach in the belief that architectural programs are best solved directly and efficiently.   The firm has been recognized with prestigious accolades including American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards and published in such notable magazines as Architecture, Architectural Record, Builder Magazine, Domus, Experimental Architecture and Eco Magazine. WAMO Studio’s philosophy centers around two essential architectural ideas. One is to use sensible architecture to create a significant place within a site, and the other is to be sensitive to climate and to respond to environmental demands with emphases on building sciences. WAMO Studio has demonstrated its commitment to low carbon and net zero energy consumption projects.  Central to the sustainable goals of our team is the core principal belief that building sustainably does not mean building expensively. WAMO has developed high performance, Passive House certified projects at minimal cost premium. We achieve this level of financial, social and environmental sustainability by creating more streamlined and efficient buildings.  We translate those cost savings into a higher quality, more energy efficient and inspiring building.

Crucial to WAMO is our commitment to go beyond a generic sense of “green’ building so that we may take on the highest levels of sustainability possible within our current thinking and technology.  WAMO uses Passive House approach to obtain high level of energy conservation on their projects.  We aim to positively influence the key success factors of sustainable energy system in the short and long term.  We focus on efficient energy use, the utilization of renewable energy sources, environmentally sound building methods and long term sustainability.  As a result, we contribute to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of our clients.  The supply of conventional energy sources will decline, the cost of energy will increase and the efforts required to combat climate changes will grow.  WAMO Studio is constantly working to solve these problems in their projects.


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Our Team and where our name 'WAMO' came from


Ware studied architecture in college, receiving her degrees, BFA and BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. The study of architecture attracted Ware, because of the interdisciplinary learning the study afforded. Academically and romantically, architecture is functional, artistic, scientific and psychological. Ware has incorporated these same loves into her painting and sculpture and collaborates with Mojarrab on architectural endeavors.


Mojarrab, A.I.A., has worked on projects domestically and internationally, both large and small. In 2007, Mojarrab founded WAMO Studio Architects, an architectural design studio in Santa Fe, NM.  Among other accomplishments, he has won international and local housing competitions and received multiple AIA Awards. Creating elegant and affordable design solutions is his passion.  Building sciences and green building technologies have also interested Mojarrab for some time.  He has completed certification for several Passive Houses and also participated in the 2012 International Passivhaus Conference in Germany and 2014 International Passive House conference in Maine. Mojarrab is equally intrigued by other low impact, green technologies which address the different needs of various clients, projects, and climates.

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Our Story


WAMO Studio Architects

In 2007, we decided to start our own architectural firm. Because who doesn’t do that during the biggest economic crisis in recent memory?  We have had a blast designing projects all over the world including multiple award-winning affordable housing projects, a mosque for the city of Santa Fe, custom single-family homes, Passive House certified homes, a visitor and cultural center in Papua New Guinea, a housing campus for the Enga Provincial Hospital, a one-stop shelter, the renovation of Pete’s Pets for a shelter, a master plan for Emerald City in Papua New Guinea, a dorm in Montana + more.


ASW Realty Partners

In 1997, Vahid started the architectural design division of ASW Realty Partners.  The company already had a development wing and a construction company, so an architectural wing made perfect sense.  For ten years, they designed and built award-winning projects in New Mexico, California, Colorado and Florida.


Moving to Santa Fe

We decided to leave Southern California with a small truckload of our belongings.  At the time, this consisted of clothes, two wing chairs and lots of sculpture and model building materials.  We had no jobs lined up but we had a place to sleep. Vahid’s boss at the time said that if “he were leaving on a motorcycle, he would be his hero.” It was the coldest day on record in New Mexico that February and we barely made it up La Bajada Hill, but here we still are twenty-six years later.