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Alf Simon

  • FELLOW, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
  • FELLOW, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
  • 2015-2019 Chair, Dept. of Landscape Architecture
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    • Ph.D, Geography, Arizona State University
    • Master of Landscape Architecture: University of Manitoba


    • Landscape and Infrastructure
    • Cultural Landscape Studies
    • Urban Design and Urban Complexity

    Alf Simon is the Chair of the Graduate Department of Landscape Architecture, and was the Associate Dean  in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico.  He holds a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University.  He was a faculty member at the University of Manitoba, in Canada, from 1990 to 2000 and came to the School of Architecture and Planning at The University of New Mexico in August, 2000 to start a new graduate Landscape Architecture Program. His interests are in landscape and infrastructure, cultural landscape studies, urban design and urban complexity. Alf was a principal of Llewellin Simon Associates, a Landscape Architecture and Architecture office. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and has served on the CSLA Board of Governors. He is a Past President of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and a Fellow of CELA.

    Design Studios

    Urban Typology

    Site + Environment Research Methods Masters Project Studio Urban Innovation Theory


    "The Interstate Village," Journal of Architecture and Engineering, 2016

    "The Interstate Village'" Paper presented at CELA 2013

    "The Design Competition and Studio Pedagogy," Paper presented at CELA 2011: Los Angeles (with Katya Crawford), 2011

    "The Dialectical Region," Paper presented at CELA 2010, Maastricht, Netherlands (with John Barney), 2010

    "The Transformation of the Santa Fe Railyards,"  Competitions Magazine, Winter 2009

    Invited Speaker:  Canalscape Symposium, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona State University, 2009

    Building to Endure: Design Lessons of Arid Lands, Co authors/eds. Alf Simon and Paul Lusk,  UNM Press, 2009  

    Section Editor – Sitework – Architectural Graphic Standards, 11th edition, 2007

    Conjuring Place in Displaced Spaces: Master and Servant - the dialectical urban landscape. CELA, Athens, Georgia - Conference proceedings, 2005

    South Martineztown Landscape Narrative Study, 2004

    Southwestern College Campus Plan, 2004

    "A Winter City" in Childs, Mark, 2004 Squares, Albuquerque: UNM Press, 2004

    Paper: Albuquerque’s Space-Time Geography. EDRA 2004

    Conjuring Place in Displaced Spaces. Mass Magazine, 2004

    Exhibition:  Albuquerque’s Space-Time Geography  Magnifico Gallery, 2004

    A Dialogue: People, Place and Water.  Tiezzi, E.,C.A. Brebbia & J.L. Uso, eds. “Ecosystems and Sustainable Development,"  Southampton:  WIT Press, 2003

    Paper: "Historical Archeology of the Phoenix Canals," Society for Historical Archeology, Providence, 2003

    Ph.D. Dissertation:  "Mixing Water and Culture:  Making the Canal Landscape in Phoenix,"  Arizona State University, 2002


    National Park Service, Trails Division, 2016-17

    Stories of Route 66  National Endowment for the Arts grant ($150,000), 2014-

    New Mexico MainStreet (PI) Design study for Moriarty, NM  ($30,000), 2013

    The Interstate Village  ($5,000), 2012

    New  Mexico MainStreet (PI) Design studies for Las Cruces, Dona Ana, Mountainview Neighborhood ($29.000), 2012

    New  Mexico MainStreet (PI) Urban Design studies for Belen, Truth or Consequences, Nob Hill - Albuquerque ($39,000), 2011

    Historic Structures Reports, Colter Hall + Victor Hall, Grand Canyon, National Park Service ($90,000), 2010

    Your Town Grant, Taos New Mexico, National Endowment for the Arts ($20,000), 2010

    New Mexico Department of Transportation - Sustainable Roadways in New Mexico ($45,000), 2009

    New Mexico Department of Transportation - Context Sensitive Guidelines for Scenic Byways in New Mexico  ($50,000), 2008

    New Mexico Department of Transportation - Context Sensitive Guidelines for state roads in New Mexico  ($100,000), 2007

    NMASLA  Award

    Fellow, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

    CAMA Royal Bank Award: Research study on Rethinking the Urban Park Landscape (joint research)

    Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Regional Merit and National Citation, Red River Corridor Study (joint work)

    Fellow, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

    CSLA Regional Service Award

    Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Regional Merit, Market Stage

    Premier’s Award of Design Excellence,  Province of Manitoba

    Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects Gold Medal

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Graduate Fellowship

    British Columbia Design Council Award for Design Excellence

    EEDEE Award for Design Excellence, National Interior Design Show