Derald Polston grew up in Farmington and returned home in 1996. While away he attended five universities and became a registered architect and dual citizen of New Zealand. He was the Project Architect for the restoration and refurbishment of Parliament House, the capitol building of New Zealand. Derald has designed architectural and urban planning projects all over the world while working for Skidmore Owings & Merrill in their Boston, Denver, and Washington DC offices.
Derald is the owner of Polston Construction, Inc. and Polston Development, Inc. He designs and builds residential and commercial projects, and master plans and develops land development projects in the four corners area. His architectural projects include the renovation of Merrion Oil & Gas and the Farmington Civic Center. His development projects include the Anasazi Development here in San Juan County, New Mexico.
Derald is the past president of the San Juan County Home Builders Association and past chairman and current commissioner of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area of Farmington. Derald serves on the San Juan County Advisory Committee, is a graduate of Leadership San Juan, and is a board member of Four Corners Economic Development (4CED). Derald was a founding member of E>P, which helped form the structure of 4CED.
He and his wife, Rene’, and their two children live in Farmington.