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Fall 2015 Newsletter from the Architecture Director

The 2014-15 academic year was my first at UNM.  It was an honor to be selected as the new Director in April 2014 and an exciting challenge to step into the role on August 1, 2014.  I’ve enjoyed my time at UNM SA+P so far – the students are talented, hard-working and endlessly curious about all aspects of architecture.  I quickly learned why our graduates have such a good reputation.  My first UNM academic year was busy – and the school was always abuzz with activity.   

Thrown into the whirlwind of becoming a Lobo, I’ve learned about a few of the UNM traditions -- the Hanging of the Greens, the importance of biscochitos, women’s basketball at The Pit, Nizhoni Days, the UNM bureaucracy, skateboarding on Cornell Mall, etc. but I must admit I still have a lot to learn.  In the school, the tradition of bringing in interesting lecturers continued – with high points including  Stefan Behnisch as the Marjorie Mead Hooker Visiting Professor; architects / landscape architects Iñaki Alday & Margarita Jover; and Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects delivering an energetic performance at the 2015 Jeff Harnar Annual Lecture.

I wasn’t the only newbie last year – Assistant Professor Brian Goldstein joined the faculty as well – and he has successfully made the Architectural History 1 & 2 sequence his own.  I also initiated a UNM Architecture Teaching Fellow program for recent graduates looking to get a year of full time teaching experience.  Our first fellow, David Schneider, as already become a popular instructor in Pearl Hall.  As for retirements, Professor Stephen Dent, who taught at UNM for 35 years, retired at the end of the spring semester.  Fortunately he has agreed to teach occasionally on a part-time basis.  In addition, long-time undergraduate advisor Lois Kennedy has just announced her retirement at the end of September.

As for the students, it was busy year as well.  They worked on studio design projects in ABQ, Santa Fe, Zuni Pueblo, Boston, Denver, El Paso, etc. and several students were able to participate in study abroad programs in Mexico City and Berlin.  A studio led by Matt Gines designed and built two playhouses raised $23,500 (at auction) for the non-profit New Mexico Appleseed.  What the video at the link.

The 2015-16 academic year has only just started, but the students coming into the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA), the Master of Architecture (MArch), and the Master of Science in Architecture (MS Arch) programs are well prepared and already starting to make their mark on the school.   We have the fall lecturers lined up – Thom MayneAlex Wilson (in partnership with AIA-NM); Kim Yao of ARODianne Harris; Landscape Architect David Hill, as well as Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas of Estudio Macías Peredo, in Guadalajara, Mexico.  The 2016 Jeff Harnar Annual Lecture in the spring semester will be given by Tatiana Bilbao of Mexico City. We also look forward to welcoming Billie Faircloth of Kieran Timberlake Architects in the spring, and several others.  We encourage you to attend these lectures.

 Note to Recent Graduates:   be on the look out for a survey in the fall from the school about your experience at UNM Architecture – the curriculum, the facilities, etc.   Please participate – it will help us make a few more changes to our curriculum before the next accreditation visit.  

Note to All Alumni:  I’ve met some of the UNM Architecture alumni, and look forward to meeting more.  Please stay in touch with the Architecture program and the school, and consider becoming a member of the school’s Alumni Chapter – more information is found at:

See below for more information about the various faculty in our program — last year was a busy year for all.

Best wishes,

John Quale 
Director and Professor of Architecture

Faculty Notes:

Geoff Adams, Associate Professor, has returned to the faculty after a sabbatical.  His Bear Canyon Arroyo Pedestrian Bridge in Albuquerque won a COD/X Award of Merit, and an award from the Western Mountain Region of the AIA.  The project was a collaboration with various artists, as well as noted lighting designer Linnaea Tillett, and was completed under the City of Albuquerque’s Public Art program.  It also appears on the cover of the Spring 2015 issue of TREND magazine.

Eleni Bastea, Regents’ Professor and International Studies Program Director, had a very busy year.  She presented an invited lecture titled “Modern Thessaloniki: Topographies of change and memory” at Oxford University, Wolfson College, Oxford, UK, in May.  In the fall of 2014, she was invited to lecture at Harvard University and at an event in Kuala Lumpur. She organized a seminar around the writings of theorist Alberto Perez-Gomez, who delivered two lectures in the school – at the beginning and end of that seminar. In the spring of 2015, she spoke at a conference organized by McGill University that was held in Athens, Greece. Collaborating with Melissa Bokovoy of the UNM History department, Eleni won a very prestigious National Endowment for Humanities Enduring Questions grant to develop a new undergraduate course “How do Societies Remember?”

Tim Castillo, Associate Professor, has been in the of role Director at the ARTSLab  or the last few years. He has led several notable interdisciplinary digital media collaborative projects.  He will return full time to the school next year, but he will continue to pursue similar projects. This past summer Tim organized a successful teaching collaboration with Woodbury University in California and Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM (Tim’s home town) to reimagine WNMU and downtown Silver City.  He is expected to expand on that relationship with more students during the summer of 2016.

Mark Childs, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, recently published “Learning from New Millennium Science Fiction Cities,” in the Journal of Urbanism.  At the EDRA 2015 Conference in Los Angeles, he presented “Rewriting the Field: Writing as Urban Design” with Vikas Mehta and Jeff Hou.  He is also a published poet, and recently took on the role of grandfather.

Matt Gines was promoted from Lecturer III to Senior Lecturer.  He also presented ”Practicing Design Build” at the ACSA/AIA 2015 Intersections Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Assistant Professor Brian Goldstein was among the historians quoted in the August 6, 2015 Slate article, “Are We in the Midst of a New Civil Rights Era?” The piece considered recent social movements for racial justice in relation to historic movements for civil rights.  He also recently published an essay, “The Invisible Brother With a Brick,” in a dossier on the connection between architecture, urbanism, and the Black Lives Matter movement published as a part of the innovative architectural history group called the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative. See the entire dossier is available at  He also presented “Urban Homesteading and the Promise and Perils of Institutional Crisis” as a part of the 2015 Cambridge Talks conference, “Inscriptions of Power: Spaces, Institutions, and Crisis,” held at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Gabriella Gutierrez, Associate Professor continues to teach both advanced graduate and core undergraduate studios.  She also serves on several committees in the school and at the university level.   Her programming course has recently become a graduate course, as she restructures it to connect with her research interest in school based community health clinics.  She recently served as chair of the MFA Housing Tax Credit Design Competition Review Committee for Albuquerque.

Kuppu Iyengar was recently promoted from Associate Professor to Professor.  His new book “Sustainable Architectural Design: An Overview” was recently published by Routledge.  He also launched an online version of his Sustainability 2 class, which already has good enrollment.

Karen King has agreed to take on the role of Associate Director of the architecture program.  She is focusing on developing new curricular initiatives and strategies.  She was recently promoted from Lecturer III to Senior Lecturer.

Michaele Pride, Professor and Associate Dean for Public Outreach and Engagement, is redeveloping two required undergraduate courses.  The courses will be launched this academic year – one is now called Design Thinking, and the other is Design Leadership.  The recipient of several recent grants, she continues to organize community engagement for the school, and has served on several visiting accreditation teams in the last two years.

John Quale, Professor and Director of Architecture, has served on several juries this year, including the 2014 Mud House International Design Competition  the national AIA-COTE Top Ten Awards; and UNM’s own Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in New Mexico.  This fall he will be on the AIA / ACSA Housing Curriculum Award jury and the AIA San Antonio COTE jury.  He continues on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council.  His book OFFSITE: Constructing a Post-Industrial Future, co-authored with Ryan Smith, will be published by Routledge in 2016.  In 2013, Quale’s ecoMOD design / build / evaluate project was recognized with the Architect Magazine R+D Award – and in March 2015, Architect Magazine ran a follow-up article on the status of ecoMOD, referencing its relocation to UNM. 

Professor Roger Schluntz continues to organize design competitions for various clients, and recently received a grant to support an architecture / urban design / real estate development studio adjacent to UNM property in Albuquerque.  He continues to organize the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture in New Mexico, collaborating with the Thornburg Foundation and John Quale.  He also serves on several committees at UNM and nationally.  Most recently, he was on the jury for the prestigious AIA Latrobe Prize.

Kristen Shaw and Mira Woodson, adjunct faculty, (collaborating with Katya Crawford, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, and many others) curated From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now, at 516 ARTS.  The exhibit showcased contemporary work by established and emerging Albuquerque area designers and architects. This connection allowed for a strong representation of student and alumni work. Over three quarters of the exhibited 

projects were tied to school and / or the program. 

Assistant Professor Alex Webb made it through his tenure-track mid-point review in 2015.  He was one of the winners of the Arctic States Design Competition held by the Arctic Design Group at the University of Virginia.  Alex has recently taken on the role of coordinating the ARCH 601 comprehensive studio.  He had a grant with Sandia Labs, and has recently presented a paper at the ACADIA conference entitled “Productive Hybrids.” He is also pursuing a PhD at the European Graduate School in Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland.  

Kramer Woodard, Associate Professor, recently presented lectures at TEDx ABQ and at El Paso Community College.  He continues to teach architectural design studios and a course on innovation entitled “Architecture, Invention and Fabrication.”  His firm, Kramer E. Woodard Architects, is currently finishing up a new private home in Albuquerque, and also working on an art studio project.  He holds a patent for an innovative prefab structural system and he is also working on a book manuscript and a film project. 

Kristina Yu was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, and is currently on a well deserved sabbatical.  She is spending more time working in her practice McClain + Yu Architects, and also writing a manuscript for a book.  She will return to teaching January 2016.

Winners of the Spring 2015 Graduate Awards

The following students were selected as the winners of awards at the Spring 2015 graduation.  The winners were select in a balloting process among the Architecture faculty:

Master of Architecture (MArch) students:
• American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal:  Wendell Montgomery (see images)
• American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate:  Margaret Wells
• Alpha Rho Chi Medal:  Tyler Beecham and Nicholas Nuccio

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA) Design Excellence Award:
• Nicholas Larranaga-Couty
• David Maron
• Audrey Strawn

Wendell Image 1

Wendell Image 2

Wendell Image 3

Images of a Public Library in Boston, MA by Wendell Montgomery, MArch ’15, from the Spring 2015 ARCH 605 Studio taught by Instructor Gabriella Gutierrez.  Marjorie Mead Hooker Visiting Professor Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten, (Stuttgart, Munich and Boston), co-taught both sections of the ARCH 605 with Professor Gutierrez and Professor Stephen Dent.

Featured Studio - Parade of Playhouses, New Mexico Appleseed

Arch 402/602 Design Build Studio, Spring 2015

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Arch 604, Fall 2012