Architecture ahead of its time — The Paolo Soleri Amphitheater | Conrad Skinner | TEDxABQ

Conrad Skinner is an architect with a background in art, art history and dance. Over the last four years, Skinner has emerged as one of the foremost advocates for the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater in Santa Fe, NM, the first theater designed expressly for American Indian drama. Through archival research and interviews with artists, architects, actors, writers and teachers, Skinner has come to understand the history of the theater and the characteristics that make it an architectural gem. Photo acknowledgements: Institute of American Indian Arts, Arcosanti, and Robert Reck.

Conrad Skinner graduated from Reed College in 1974. He earned his Master of Architecture from the University of New Mexico. In 1985 he moved to Santa Fe, concentrating on architectural design. Conrad began researching the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater’s history when the Santa Fe Indian School announced plans to demolish it in 2010.

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