Beverley Spears founded Spears Architects in 1981 offering commercial and residential design, historic preservation, urban design and landscape architecture. In 2011 the firm, reorganized as Spears Horn Architects, was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as the New Mexico Firm of the Year.
In 1974, after earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completing her internship in Houston, she moved to Santa Fe as a licensed architect. She has been a licensed landscape architect since 1986. Beverley has lectured widely on architectural topics and is the author of American Adobes and also Early Churches of Mexico, an Architect’s View, both published by UNM Press. Beverley received the New Mexico Architects Medal in 2000 for “contributions that have advanced the profession and the socially responsible role that architecture must perform within our greater society.” In 2002, she was elevated to the national College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. In 2003, she was honored by the Old Santa Fe Association “for her contributions to the character and traditions of Santa Fe.” The firm has received numerous historic preservation awards from the City of Santa Fe, the State of New Mexico and the American Institute of Architects. Spears Horn Architects’ projects include the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, the Plaza Stage, the Santa Fe Public Schools Administration Building, the Academy for the Love of Learning, and Santa Fe Prep Library.
Beverley purchased her first textiles in Guatemala in 1973. Her collection grew very slowly until the turn of this century when she became more serious about collecting. Beverley now owns 517 Mayan textiles, all of which are photographed and catalogued. Beverley is a Research Associate of MOIFA and an avid student of Mayan textiles.