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Tim B. Castillo

  • Professor of Architecture
  • Director of Community Engagement Initiatives-Office of Academic Affairs
  • Director of Historical Preservation Program
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    • M.Arch., Columbia University
    • B.A.A., University of New Mexico


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

    Tim B. Castillo is a Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. Professor Castillo is currently the Director of Community Engagement Initiatives at UNM and also the Director of Historical Preservation and Regionalism.  Professor Castillo has held several leadership roles including Associate Dean at the School of Architecture (2016-2019) and the Director of the Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory (2008-2016) an interdisciplinary digital media laboratory at the university.  

    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 several higher education institutions and community partners across the state and region to explore how architecture and design play a role in economic development.   

    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 251 - Design Thinking (Spring 2017/18) 


    ARCH 601 - Graduate Design Studio, Finding Rural/Plata Studio (Fall 2021/22) 

    ARCH 502 - Graduate Design Studio, Finding Rural/Plata Studio (Spring 2022) 

    ARCH 651 - Emergent Technologies for Designers (Spring 2023) 


    National Science Foundation
    Collaborative Research: FW-HTF-RM: Expanding Rural Ceramics Craft through Computational Fabrication 
    Co-Principal Investigator, 2020-2024 

    Build Back Better Network            
    Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
    Principal Investigator, 2022z 

    Grant County
    Veterans Memorial Study
    Principal Investigator,2020 

    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 and the National Park Service  
    Lees Ferry Typology Study 
    Co-Principal Investigator, 2018 

    American Planning Association  
    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." 
    Principal Investigator, 2016 

    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  
    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 

    National Endowment for the Arts  
    Dome Poems: Memory + Emergence 
    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



    "Emerging Technologies: Their Evolution and Limitations within the Fields of Cultural Preservation and Interpretation"
    Co-Authored Adriane Zacmanidis
    A Century of Design in the Parks Preserving the Built Environment in National and State Parks National Center for Preservation Technology Symposium 2016 (2017, p. 320-327)

    "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

    2021 Community Design: Interactions in a Virtual Studio chapter in Effective Design Critique Strategies Across Disciplines University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, M, Digital Publication

    "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


    2020 Maker Lab Express, George Pearl Gallery-University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
    January 21-February 21, 2020

    2018 SALT: the sublime of New Mexico (collaboration with Katya Crawford, John-Mark Collins & Alex Webb), Currents New Media 2018 Santa Fe, NM, June 3-8, 2018

    #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


    American Institute of Architects-Albuquerque Merit Award, AFRL Mobile Makers Lab, 2019

    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


    Opportunity Defined, UNM front-page and Albuquerque Journal, November, 2022 

    UNM students assist with new rec center plans, Silver City Daily Press, Silver City, New Mexico, September 16, 2021 

    UNM Website, Mobile lab brings high-tech opportunities to rural communities *home page, Albuquerque, NM, September 10, 2019- November 21, 2019 

    Silver City Daily Press, Central parks would expand under town plan *front page, Silver City, New Mexico, July 19, 2019 

    UNM Website, Tim Castillo named UNM Special Advisor to the Provost for Santa Fe Initiatives, Albuquerque, NM, January 10, 2019 

    UNM Architecture Students help Deming Redesign their Town Evening News, Channel 4, KOB, Albuquerque, NM, December 13, 2018 

    UNM Website, UNM partnership revitalizes rural communities, Albuquerque, NM, December 8, 2018  

    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