Professor / Former Dean
Roger Schluntz, FAIA, began his tenure at the University of New Mexico in June 1999 and served as the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning for eleven years. Among other accomplishments, during this time frame the School witnessed the establishment of its now fully accredited and acclaimed Master of Landscape Architecture degree program/faculty, as well as two interdisciplinary graduate certificate programs, Town Design and Historic Preservation & Regionalism.
Pearl Hall, the award winning 108,000 SF campus gateway facility designed by Antoine Predock that serves as the home of the SA•P, was completed in 2008. As the chair of the University’s Design Review Board, he was also instrumental in the adoption of the campus design guidelines. A past member of the National Architectural Accreditation Board and its elected Secretary, Schluntz has also served on over fifteen accreditation team visits for the NAAB, as well as a team member for several visits for the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB). Schluntz moved to Albuquerque from Florida, where he was a professor and former dean of architecture at the University of Miami.
Previously Professor Schluntz served as the director of the architecture program at Arizona State University (1980-89), where he also established and directed the Joint ASU/City of Phoenix Urban Design Program before leaving in 1992 for his post in Miami. Before moving to Arizona, Schluntz was the Executive Director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in Washington D.C. As a member of the faculty at the University of Nebraska from 1969 to 1977, he was actively involved in a number of planning and transportation issues affecting the City of Lincoln. The co-authorship of “The Nebraska Capitol and Environs Plan” (with Professor Tom Laging) resulted in a First Honor Award from Progressive Architecture magazine. In 1995 Schluntz held The Hyde Chair for Excellence in Architecture at Nebraska.
An appointed member of the National Register of Peer Professionals for the U.S. General Services Administration, Schluntz has also undertaken several studies on design quality, design review processes, and urban design guidelines. He has served as the Professional Adviser for over twenty-five major design competitions. These include the Salt Lake City Public Library won by Moshe Safdie, the Denver Public Library (Michael Graves), Denver Art Museum addition (Libeskind), the Jacksonville Public Library (Stern) and Antoine Predock’s award-winning American Heritage Center & Art Museum for the University of Wyoming. Schluntz received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
His initial academic appointment was with California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is active with various committees of the American Institute of Architects and served as a director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (2001-2004 term). In 1996 Professor Schluntz was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. This honor recognizes his contributions in architectural education and achievements toward enhancing the quality of design of public buildings in the United States.