Historic Preservation and Regionalism

Southwest Summer Institute

The 2013 Southwest Summer Institute for Preservation and Regionalism offers stand-alone courses that can also be taken as part of the UNM School of Architecture & Planning, Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism. The six-course Graduate Certificate program integrates proven historic preservation techniques with contemporary design and planning approaches grounded in history, culture and place.

Each one week course meets from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday at the UNM School of Architecture & Planning, Albuquerque, including field trips. Each carries three (3) credit hours. Students complete on-line readings before the "in-class" week, and those who are taking the course for credit also complete a term project after the “in-class” week.

Who Should Take these Courses: Students and professionals in preservation, design, planning, cultural resource management, and related fields, as well as other professionals and the general public, who are welcome to register as non-degree students.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition and Fees: $855 per undergraduate course; $980 per graduate course. (Tuition for 6-9 hours is the same, so register for two courses and the tuition for the third is free.)

2013 Courses

Contemporary Design in Historic and Regional Contexts
ARCH 462-002 / ARCH 662-002    June 10-14

This course explores deep context in architectural design and one of the great regional traditions in the world--the Southwestern US--where the forms and materials of buildings have been adapted to the high desert climate, indigenous cultures, and singular landscapes over many centuries. Class lectures and discussions will lead to visits to such ancient and historic sites as Chaco Canyon, Acoma, Chimayo, and Santa Fe, and to contemporary works by Antoine Predock, Lake Flato, Richard Gluckman and others. Students will develop their own response to historic and regional issues through a modern design project or critical essay.
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Instructor: Tony Atkin, FAIA, award-winning architect and preservationist; principal, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, Philadelphia and Santa Fe; co-editor of Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements. Guest speakers: architect Devendra Contractor, preservation architect Shawn Evans, archeologist Kurt Anschuetz,and designer Hilary Noll, LEED AP BD+C

Heritage Corridors: Learning from El Camino Real and Route 66
CRP 470-002 / LA 512 001        June 17-21

Focuses on the preservation, interpretation and redevelopment of the buildings, structures, landscapes, and historical memory of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and Route 66 as case studies for preserving and revitalizing communities along cultural corridors in the U.S. and around the world. Field-trip discussions supplement in-class lectures on the history and evolution of historic roads, and the National Park Services' pioneering efforts to document and preserve heritage corridors.
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Instructors: Chester Liebs, landscape historian, author of Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture; with Kaisa Barthuli, Program Manager, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, NPS, and Michael Romero Taylor, Cultural Resources Specialist, National Trails Intermountain Region, NPS. Course offered in cooperation with the National Trails Intermountain Region, National Park Service

Planning for Sustainability
CRP 470-004 / CRP 570-004     June 24-28

A comprehensive overview of sustainability strategies for buildings, neighborhoods, communities, and regions. Hands-on exercises and field trips give participants experience with the LEED green development rating system, green street design, ecological site design, environmental restoration, and larger-scale planning strategies, which address social equity, economic development, and political considerations.
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Instructor: Stephen M. Wheeler, Ph.D., AICP, author of Planning for Sustainability: Creating Livable, Equitable, and Ecological Communities. A recipient of the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning, he is Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Davis. Guest speaker: Erin Murphy, LEED accreditation trainer with Everblue, a leading national company training green professionals.

For questions please contact Ellen Steeves, esteeves@unm.edu

The 2013 Institute has received support from UNM’s Summer in the Southwest®.

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