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Kristina Yu

  • Associate Professor, AIA, NCARB
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    • MARCH, Harvard University
    • BARCH, Illinois Institute


    • Design Technical Synthesis of Building Materials
    • Processes
    • Construction
    • Housing
    • Technology

    Associate Professor Yu's Visual Portfolio

    Kristina H. Yu is Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico. She has been part of the SA+P faculty since 2007. At UNM, Yu pursues research and teaching opportunities in the areas of design, architecture and technology. She is principal with McCLAIN+YU Architecture & Design. Her work in the office and with academia centralizes the beauty of architecture technical details, construction, delivery mechanism as collaborative and innovative processes. She is committed to expanding the architectural discourse of technical design. Her research centralizes the technical implementation of renewable systems in complex building types for its most appropriate syntheses.  She has practiced design and architecture widely in Chicago, Boston, New York, Berlin, Frankfurt, Austin.


    ARCH 505 - Graduate Design Studio

    ARCH 602 - Graduate Design Studio

    ARCH 452/552 Architecture Practice and Theory

    ARCH 462/662 - Architecture, Housing and Technology

    Selected Research Grants: PI and coPI

    DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Grant for Faculty Research in Germany, 2017

    UNM Faculty Development Faculty Led Travel/Research/Study program, 2017

    DBIA Faculty Educator Workshop Grant, 2017

    UNM Faculty Development Faculty Led Travel/Research/Study program- Berlin, 2016

    UNM Faculty Development Faculty Led Travel/Research/Study program- Montreal, 2016

    2015 AIA Upjohn Research Grant for Application of Emerging Technologies, 2015

    DBIA Academic Student Leadership Grant, 2015

    UNM Faculty Development Faculty Led Travel/Research/Study program, 2015

    Sandia National Labs LDRD Grant, 2014

    NSF CCLI Grant Reviewer, 2014

    UNM Faculty Development Faculty Led Travel/Research/Study program, 2014

    NSF NM EPSCoR Faculty Development Grant, 2013

    PNM: Community Resource Grant, 2013

    Program Solicitation: DE‐FOA‐0000521: Solar Decathlon and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Showcase Event, 2013

    UNM Schloss Dyck program, UNM International Studies Institute, 2012

    Recent Building Projects 

    New Mexico Tech new Data Center

    University of New Mexico Smith Plaza

    University of New Mexico Coronado Dormitory Renovation

    Santa Fe County new DPW facilities  

    Eastern New Mexico new Football Stadium

    Mountain Residence

    Eastern New Mexico Eddy Hall renovation

    University of New Mexico School of Engineering new Experimental Wetlabs facilities

    Santa Fe Brewery

    Green Jeans Farmery

    Eastern New Mexico Natatorium renovation

    Eastern New Mexico Administration Building Renovation


    UNM Faculty Senate, UNM Undergraduate Curriculum Committee,


    SNL LRDR Grant PI 2014, DOE Solar Decathlon co-PI 2011,

    Nominated: New Faculty Teacher of the Year 2011 and 2010, Finalist in

    Texas Grow Home competition 2008, German Fulbright Seminar Fellow

    “Science and Society: The Impact of Science on Policy Formation.”


    Licensed with NMBEA, TBAE, DORA, NJOAG, NCARB

    National Academic Advisor Committee

    ACSAAssociation of Collegiate School of Architecture, UNM Faculty Councilor, Nominations Committee


    DBIA, UN Faculty Advisor