Photo: Tim B.  Castillo

Tim B. Castillo

  • Associate Dean for Research

/ 505-277-6470


  • M.Arch., Columbia University
  • B.A.A., University of New Mexico


  • Emergent Technology
  • Virtual Reality
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Design Thinking
  • Rural Communities

Professor Castillo's Visual Portfolio

Tim B. Castillo is a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. He has been part of the School of Architecture and Planning faculty since 2002 and in 2009 became a member of the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media faculty. Professor Castillo was formerly the Director of the Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory an interdisciplinary digital media laboratory at the university from 2010-2016. In the Fall 2016, he became the Associate Dean of Student Engagement and Academic Innovation. 

While at the University of New Mexico Professor Castillo has been pursuing new pedagogies that explore applications related to emerging digital technologies and innovation. His architectural studios and seminars continue to investigate new progressive strategies for design that are defined by culture, digital media and emergent fabrication processes. In the summer of 2015, he co-founded the Finding Rural/Plata Studio design program. The program was established as a partnership between Western New Mexico University, the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico and the School of Architecture at Woodbury University to collaborate with the community of Grant County and Silver City to explore how architecture and design play a role in economic development. 

Professor Castillo has been recognized national and internationally, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) as the National New Faculty Teacher in 2007. As Director of ARTS Lab, the lab was selected by the International Digital Media Association of Arts as the national digital media laboratory of year in 2013. Professor Castillo’s work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally in various locations including the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (Spain), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Pavillon de l’Arsenal (France), Bienal of Sao Paulo (Brazil), as well as many domestic venues.



ARCH 401 - Design Studio (Fall 2018)

ARCH 251 - Design Thinking (Spring 2017/18)

ARCH 451/IFDM 451 - Emergent Technologies for Designers (Fall 2016/17/18)


ARCH 604 - Graduate Design Studio, Finding Rural/Plata Studio (Summer 2015)


Air Force Research Lab [in collaboration with New Mexico Tech University] Mobile Makers Lab Design & Fabrication Study, Principal Investigator, 2018

City of Deming, New Mexico Incubator Building Study, Principal Investigator, 2018

Western New Mexico University Branch Campus Study, Principal Investigator, 2018

Town of Silver City, Master Park Plan & Municipal Building Study, Principal Investigator, 2018

The United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service Preservation Technology and Training Grants Emergent Tools :: Augmented Reality in Parks, Co-Principal Investigator, 2018

National Endowment for the Arts Village of Los Lunas :: Route 66 museum study, Co-Principal Investigator, 2018

The United States Department of the Interior an the National Park Service Lees Ferry Typology Study, Co-Principal Investigator, 2018

American Planning Association for the documentary, "New Mexico Design of the Everyday," as well as from the UNM Center for Regional Studies for the project, "Cultural Mobile Kiosk: Connecting Rural Communities to Emergent Technology."

The United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service Geospatial + Temporal Visualization Tools for the National Park Service Cultural Landscapes Training and Education , Principal Investigator, 2016

UNM Center for Regional Studies Research Funding Program Virtual New Mexico Project, Principal Investigator, 2016

McCune Foundation Rural Community Economic Development: Phase I, Co-Principal Investigator, 2015

UNM Center for Regional Studies Research Funding Program Acequia Heritage Project, Co-Principal Investigator, 2015

Dome Poems: Memory + Emergence National Endowment for the Arts, Principal Investigator, 2012

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants Program Interactive Learning Assessment System (ILAS), Senior Investigator, 2012

UNM Teaching Allocation Grant: 2012 (#734059) Interactive Learning Assessment System (ILAS), Senior Investigator, 2012


Plata: RE-Designing the Future in Silver City Co-Authored by Geraldine Forbes-Isias, The fourth Association of Urban Latin American Architecture Symposium: Porous Borders Texas Tech University-El Paso, School of Architecture, Atrium Press, University of Houston, forthcoming 2019

"Emergent Technologies: Their Evolution and Limiations within the Fields of Cultural Preservation and Interpretation," co-authored with Adriane Zacmanidis. Professor Castillo presented the paper at  A Century of Design in the Parks: Preserving the Built Environment in National and State Parks, National Center for Preservation Technology Symposium. 

"Hybrid Practice: Expanding the Discipline of Architecture," Co-Authored Matt Gines 104st Annual Meeting – Shaping New Knowledges Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Paper Proceedings, March 17-19, 2016 Seattle, WA (2016, p.24-29), 2016

"Hyper-Media Wall" Co-Authored Matt Gines 104st Annual Meeting Shaping New Knowledges Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Project Proceedings March 17-19, 2016 Seattle, WA (p. 79-80), 2016

"Interactive Learning Assessments" Svihla, V., Yakes, E., Castillo, T., Cantarero, A., Valdez, I., & Dominguez, N. Hertel, J. Paper presented at the 2013 FNCE Innovations in Dietetics Practice and Education, Houston, TX, 2013

"Del Ojo al Embudo; a Digital Spatial/Cultural Cartographic Archive," Co-Authored Geraldine Forbes Isais The Second Latin American Architecture Symposium Tulane University, School of Architecture Atrium Press, University of Houston (2013, p.24-29), 2013

"Cultural Cartographic Archive: empowering communities through archi-digital technology," Co-Authored Geraldine Forbes Isais Architectural Research Centers Consortium Lawrence Technological University (2011, p.419-425), 2011

Chapters in Books

"Border Fluidity: Emergence on the New Frontier" chapter in Fluctuating Borders: Speculations about Memory and Emergence, Co-Authored - Troy Lovata Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, [RMIT] Publishing (p. 44-53), 2008

"Action Makes Place: A Proposed Low Rider Museum and the Boundaries of Culture" chapter in South, Volume 1 Co-Authored Troy Lovata Clemson University Press, Clemson, South Carolina (2006, p.132-141), 2006

“Digital Fabrication through Manufacture Technologies” chapter in Architecture 101: A Guide to the Design Studio by Andy Pressman, McGraw-Hill, New York (2006, p.313-317), 2006


#mi vida de diseno, George Pearl Gallery-University of New Mexico, NM, June 18 – July7, 2018

Virtual New Mexico Project & Memory + Emergence American Institute of Architecture State Conference, Albuquerque, NM, August 23, 2015

Memory + Emergence Currents New Media 2015, Santa Fe, NM, June 12 – 28, 2015

516 ARTS - “From the Ground up: Design Here + Now” Albuquerque, NM, January 31 – April 11, 2015

Off-Paseo, Taos, NM Taos Arts Festival, September 24, 2014

George Pearl Gallery-University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM, September, 22 – October 30, 2014

516 ARTS -Digital Latin America Symposium Mesa del Sol, Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque, NM, August 30, 2014

Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM City of Albuquerque Summer Series June 21, 2014

Knowledge Tower Digital Tower Exhibit Novel Displays, Digital Project Knowledge Tower, Culver City, CA March 18 – 19, 2014

Hex•Dex Research and Design Projects 101st Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) California College of the Arts, March 21 – 24, 2013 San Francisco, CA

505 | Cinco Cero Cinco Exhibit Arts League of Michigan Virgil Carr Center Detroit, Michigan, April 13 – June 30, 2012


Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts LoboScape, Silver Award, *Peer reviewed, 2016

International Digital Media Arts Association [IDMAa], ARTS Digital Media Lab, University of New Mexico *Peer reviewed, 2013

Selected by ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching of the Year Award, to recognize demonstrated excellence in teaching performance during the formative years of an architectural teaching career.*Peer reviewed, 2007

Selected Finalist for International Self-Suffcient Housing Competition sponsored Institute for Advance Architecture of Catalona. *Peer reviewed, 2005

Awarded “Honorable Mention” for Groupe-e2 international competition. Paris, France *Peer reviewed competition, 2002


Deming Headlight News, University students help city with revitalization projects on west end of town, Deming, NM, September 28, 2018

LoboScape, Evening News Channel 7 KOAT June 2015

LoboScape, Evening News Channel 4 KOB June 2015

Silver City Daily Press, "Architecture students study Silver City," Silver City, New Mexico, *front page, November 6, 2015,

Silver City Sun News, "Plata Silver Studio presents findings," Silver City, New Mexico,  July 1, 2015

Silver City Daily Press, "Plata Studio: architecture studio in Silver City," Silver City, New Mexico, June 8, 2015 

LoboScape, Albuquerque Journal, June 20, 2015

Loboscape, Daily Lobo, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 20, 2015

LoboScape, UNM website Front Page, June - December 31, 2015

Loboscape, Southwest Airlines Magazine, July Issue - 2015

Biz Journal, ARTS Lab Innovation, New Mexico Business Weekly, March 23, 2014

UNM website Front Page, "ARTS Lab Receives International Award for Innovation," Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 1, 2013

Daily Lobo, "ARTS Lab Receives International Award," Albuquerque, New mexico, October 1, 2013