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School of Architecture + Planning

Dean's Message

Geraldine Forbes

Welcome to the School of Architecture + Planning, the only professional school in the country that is as both the state of New Mexico’s flagship institution and a Carnegie rated Category 1, High Intensive Research, Hispanic and Minority serving public university. 

The UNM School of Architecture + Planning [SA+P] exists in a place like no other. New Mexico is a place where the past informs the present and both simultaneously challenge the future.

The School is located on Route 66 and near El Camino Real, the roads that opened the American continent. This place sought by artists for its light, by indigenous builders for its mud, this fragile land of high altitudes, little water, diverse cultures, and enormous extremes, creates a radical laboratory for design investigations and experimentation. The Architecture (Arch), Community + Regional Planning (CRP) and Landscape Architecture (LA) students and faculty apply the most contemporary technology and teaching methods available to investigate and advance the quality of the urban and rural regional and global condition.

SA+P boasts faculty that pioneered the integration of sustainability and cultural landscape studies into the traditional professional Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture curricula. Nearly from its inception, SA+P faculty have dedicated their scholarship and attention to the quality of Albuquerque’s neighborhoods as well as the state’s economic development. These have been investigated in undergraduate and graduate studios and lectures, as well as applied by graduate students and faculty in partnership with the state’s public and non-profit agencies.  For over 40 years SA+P’s Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC) studio has been involved in everything from urban renewal to design-build.

SA+P offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA) and the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Design (BAEPD). The professional graduate degrees of the School are the Master of Architecture (MArch), the Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) and the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). All three graduate degrees are accredited by their respective professional accrediting agencies and can lead to professional registration.

Other student interests may be pursued through the School’s graduate certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism or graduate certificate in Urban Innovation or through their involvement in the School’s Center for Research in Advanced Digital Fabrication (CRAFT), Resource Center for Raza Planning, or the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute (iD+Pi). The SA+P also maintains interdisciplinary relationships with the University ArtsLAB, the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media, Water Resources and Sustainability programs to name but a few.

Our summer is generally dedicated to travel. Students may select from a range of faculty-directed travel experiences, nationally or internationally. Summer is also the time when the Historic Preservation and Regionalism program offers the Southwest Summer Institute that includes fieldwork experiences with its courses.

This is a dynamic School with deep ties to the professions it represents and the diverse people it serves. Contact us and we will tell you much, much more about the future we are designing from our world-class studio building at the University of New Mexico!

Dean Geraldine Forbes Isais

Phone: 505.277.5885