Firm History, Our Design Approach and Qualifications

Beryl Durham at Texas Tech


Durham Architects has a long and storied history in southeast New Mexico. In 1951, Kern Smith started an architectural firm in Carlsbad. Beryl Durham joined the firm in 1956; became a partner in 1966; and the firm became known as Kern Smith Durham & Associates. Kern Smith retired in 1983 and Beryl founded Beryl Durham & Associates, P.A. in January of 1984. After Beryl’s death in 2006, the firm was reorganized as Durham & Associates Architects, Inc.  Frank Mackay joined the firm becoming the Architect in Responsible Charge in the Summer of  2013; Two years later the firm became Durham Mackay Architects Inc. in June of 2015.





To continue the tradition of designing sensible built environments that serve the community.



To utilize regional talent and materials to establish our design goals.  Listen and integrate the clients needs and desires throughout the process.  Provide simple, creative, and innovative design solutions that enhance the project without impacting the budget.


The colors of our logo represent our purpose. Red is the passion we hold for our profession. Orange represents the creative spirit within us all. Blue is the knowledge we hold and seek. Green represents the spirit of growth.  At the center of these componets is our target service to our clients.

Our staff is the foundation on which our practice of providing quality architectural services has been built.


We have:

  • A developed and stable, qualified, responsive team. 
  • Increasing capabilities through the use of sophisticated technologies, 
  • Up-to-date equipment
  • Continuing education.

Licences and Qualifications

Durham Mackay Architects can provide architectural services in the following states:


Frank H. Mackay Jr., NCARB AIA 


New Mexico Architect's License #1919 &

Nevada Architect Licenses #7046

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