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2014 - 2017 Plan Summary

SA•P Mission Statement

The School’s mission is to provide an excellent educational experience that is inspired by a solid base of scholarship, research, and professional practice. The academic philosophy of the School is keyed to three primary objectives: To elevate the aesthetic, ethical, and theoretical foundations of our professionals; to understand the significance of ecological and social conditions in planning and design; and to be responsive to the culture and history of New Mexico and the region. The faculty of the School is committed to increasing public awareness of the importance of the natural and built environment and the relationship of design to societal needs and aspirations.

SA•P Vision

The vision for the School of Architecture and Planning is to develop leaders  who understand, visualize, design, and plan. responsible and inclusive futures for people in water-scarce and culturally rich region.

Subject Area Initiatives

 The four priorities for teaching, research and scholarship guiding the School’s resources for the academic years 2014 through 2017 are:

  • Arid planning and design investigates methods of mitigating and adapting to the water scarcity of the region.
  • Indigenous design and planning involves working with and for cultural groups that have lived in the region for multiple generations, thus establishing a land ethic that is tied to the place.
  • Health and health equity planning and design focuses on creating and sustaining communities and environments that are vital, livable, beautiful, and equitable 
  • Digital visualization and fabrication investigates means of gathering data, clearly displaying information, and fabricating with digital tools to support design and planning.

The working definitions will be refined as they are informed by research and scholarship. The faculty will draw on a wide range of methods to carry out research and creative work. The methods may include innovative technology; community engaged scholarship; experiential learning; entrepreneurship, among others.