RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Rio Rancho’s Sky Room amphitheater has received an award from the Thornburg Foundation and the University of New Mexico School of Architecture. The amphitheater won the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest. The award looks for architecture in the Four Corners states that expand the definition of Southwestern architecture.

The Jeff Harnar Awards program offers awards in six categories and this year’s winners include:

  • Contemporary Architecture in the Southwest – McClain + Yu Architecture & Design, SKY Room
  • An Outstanding New Mexico Designer
  • Unbuilt Architecture – Jon Anderson Architecture, Kewa Child Care & Family Emergency Center
  • Unbuilt Landscape Architecture – Superblookm, 1881 Farm Park, Aurora, Colorado
  • Student Architecture Award – Gina Frennete, University of Colorado, Denver, Chatfield Reservoir Nature Center
  • Student Landscape Architecture Award – Kristina Naber, University of New Mexico, A New Deal for Urban Stormwater