A retired diplomat who had spent most of his career in the Middle East wanted to build a home in Taos that would combine the best of Southwestern and Syrian architecture. Considering the similarities of the construction techniques in both regions, the architects created an adobe home that could fit equally well on the streets of Damascus. The front entry invites a visitor into the home or one of the front rooms used to display a collection of rugs. The great room organizes the living spaces and connects to an enclosed garden along the side of the house. From the two-story back porch, the owner takes in sweeping views of mountains in the distance.