Photo: Gabriella Gutierrez

Gabriella Gutierrez

  • Associate Professor
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    • M.Arch, Columbia University, New York
    • B.Arch, University of New Mexico


    Prior to my appointment at UNM in 1998, I taught design studios at the University of Houston, and was a principal in the firm of Morris Gutierrez Architects in Houston – I maintain my professional license in the state of Texas. I received recognition for my teaching and academic research on school-based health care centers as well as for various projects completed while a principal in my firm in Houston. 

    My community and professional service while in Houston included serving on AIA and student design award juries, the board of directors of the Rice Design Alliance, the Texas Historical Commission State Board of Review for Historic Properties, and pro bono work for various non-profit organizations.  

    During my tenure at UNM, I served as the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning from 2001 to 2008, which also included one year (2006) as interim director of the architecture program. As a faculty member I teach various graduate and undergraduate design studios and other non-studio courses. In 2008 I applied for a sabbatical leave, which enabled me to resume research in school-based health care environments during the spring 2009 semester.


    Arch 109 - Design Fundamentals                          

    Arch 402 - Architectural Design VI      


    Arch 604 - Masters Arch Design IV      

    Arch 603 - Masters Arch Design Ill                          



    Pro-bono consulting work for Health Leadership High School- Pre-design, Programming for new facility and assessment of current facilities.

    Papers and projects published in various Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Proceedings, design projects published in Architecture, Progressive Architecture and Texas Architect magazines, articles published in Cite the Architecture and Design Review of Houston, and citations in various articles and local newspapers. Several research and installation projects funded by grants from universities, private sources, and foundations such as the Menil Collection and Anchorage Foundation in Houston. University grants received for research on school-based health care centers in Houston, and in Albuquerque. Assisted Des Moines School District in New Mexico on a successful grant for $500,000 to construct a new school-based health care center on its campus with completion date of July 2013

    Participated in various university and school committees, task forces, AIA awards juries at the regional level, boards of non-profit organizations, ACSA conferences as moderator, panelist, topic chair, and paper referee, and have been an invited lecturer and juror to various architecture programs including

    Recipient of design awards while principal in the firm of Morris Gutierrez Architects, Houston, Texas 1992-2002, ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award in1996, AIA Houston Educator Award and Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal for teaching excellence, nominated to serve on the Texas Historical Commission’s State Board of Review from 1994 to 1998, invited juror for the IHP international student design competition held in Sweden, elected Secretary of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and a UNM Regents Lecturer recipient for 2012 to 2015. Additionally, students under my direction have received recognition for their design work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally through competitions and exhibitions.