Dean's Message

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

The UNM School of Architecture + Planning [SA+P] exists in a place like no other. This place - sought by artists for its light, by indigenous builders for its mud, by writers for its poetry, this fragile land of high altitudes, little water, and diverse cultures - creates a radical laboratory for design investigations and experimentation. The School is located on Route 66 and near El Camino Real, the roads that opened the American continent. 

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 our fields. SA+P boasts faculty that pioneered the integration of sustainability and cultural landscape studies into the traditional professional Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture curricula. Our faculty and students have won multiple design, planning, community engagement, publishing, and other awards. 

Nearly from its inception, SA+P’s faculty have dedicated their scholarship to public interest design and planning. These have been investigated in undergraduate and graduate studios and lectures, and applied by graduate students and faculty in partnership with the state’s public and non-profit agencies.  For over 50 years SA+P’s Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC) studio has been involved in everything including adaptive reuse, design-build, ‘beta-testing’ city codes, temporary urbanism projects, and urban renewal.

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 School’s professional graduate degrees 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 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 UNM’s Latin American studies, Water Resources and Sustainability programs to name but a few.

Our summer frequently involves 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, more about the future we are designing from our award-winning building at the University of New Mexico!


Interim Dean Mark C. Childs

Phone: 505.277.5885