The Firm

Autotroph is an architecture, planning, and consulting firm with offices in Santa Fe, NM and Baltimore, MD.

We specialize in the design of art facilities, community and educational buildings, multi-family/affordable housing and custom residential projects.  Additionally, we have extensive experience in land use/master planning, commercial, mixed-use development and transit facilities.

We maintain a close knit design studio of professionals so that we can give our clients exceptional personalized service; approaching all our projects in a collaborative, team oriented manner.

Autotroph Office in Santa Fe, NM

Autotroph Office in Santa Fe, NM



We look to nature for inspiration to create innovative design of High Performance Architecture. Our mission is to create high performance buildings that lead the way to a sustainable and carbon-neutral future. Through a culture of collaboration, research and innovation we design each project to meet the individual needs of our clients.

We believe the buildings we construct today have a tremendous impact on this and future generations. With natural resource depletion and climate change being the major issues facing the built environment, high performance architecture is required to lead the way to a carbon neutral and stable future for all of mankind.


Autotroph was founded by Alexander Dzurec, an award winning architect and recognized expert in the field of sustainable design, in 2006. Since then, Autotroph has maintained a powerful team of qualified architects, designers, and planners.

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Through a culture of collaboration, research and innovation we design each of our projects to the individual needs of our clients. Each design is unique and responds to the environmental conditions of a particular site, specific functional needs and our client's budget. Autotroph creates aesthetically pleasing solutions that combine functional requirements with inspiring design. In each of our projects we create design that:

  • Enhance quality of life.

  • That responds to and integrates with their site

  • Minimize energy consumption, pollution and resource depletion; thereby lessening our ecological footprint.

  • Incorporate renewable energy and passive energy reduction strategies within the project budget.

  • Reduce maintenance and operating costs.

  • Utilize appropriate materials and technology.

  • Accomplish affordable sustainable design.