About Acton Architecture and Planning

 Founded in 1990, Acton Architecture and Planning has expertise in innovative, sustainable residential and small-scale commercial projects, with an extensive background in custom home design, historic remodel, work-live commercial projects and development planning.


Architecture, in the grandest of contexts, provides the historical ‘bones’ of culture. It is the expression of the entire milieu of conditions, values and visions of the place and time from which it emerges. As such, the architect provides critical creative translations illuminating these qualities for his clients. The architect's fiduciary responsibility is, first and foremost, to the client, but it also extend all levels of culture and the natural environment.

The architect, therefore, must be apprised of the dynamic spectrum of contemporary issues and opportunities from emergent energy-conserving and sustainable technologies, historic preservation, human behavior research, and urban settlement trends - and be prepared to implement them.  The architect, through these endeavors, is equipped with a unique broad-based insight into creative solutions to many of the challenges facing contemporary society. The architect must also have an active role in the seeking of solutions on the level of public policy as well, be it on a neighborhood, city, or national level.

Santa Fe is a culturally rich, historically pristine and physically beautiful region of the country that compels a multi-faceted response from an architect. My mission is to create timeless, well-crafted, energy-efficient, functionally comfortable, contextually sensitive buildings. The process by which this occurs must also be one of discovery and personal expression for the client - one that leaves all involved with a profound sense of accomplishment and long term appreciation for its effect on their lives.

About Rad Acton

Personal Background

  • Born Dec. 6, 1954, Detroit, MI
  • A resident of Santa Fe since 1983
  • 2 children, Owen and Anya, ages 17 and 24
  • Additional avocations include cycling, skiing, sculpting, gardening, river rafting, drumming


  • Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 1978, B.A.- Anthropology, Fine Arts
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 1982, M.ARCH

Associations and Affiliations

  • Licensed Architect - State of New Mexico 1989-present
  • American Institute of Architects - Member
  • Canyon Neighborhood Association - President, 2006-09
  • Old Santa Fe Association - Executive Board Member, Secretary, 2007-09, Vice President 2009-present
  • Member of City of Santa Fe Historic Districts Review Board, 2011-2013
  • Member of Citizen Project Review Ad-Hoc Committee for following projects in the Santa Fe Historic District:
  • -Water History Museum
    -State Parking Garage
    -County Judicial Complex
    -Paseo Santa Fe Mixed-Used Development
    -Lensic Place Mixed-Use Building
    -First National Bank Building