Program Director
Geoffrey Adams, Associate Professor

Associate Director
Kuppaswamy Iyengar, Associate Professor

Eleni Bastea, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Mark C. Childs, M.Arch., University of Oregon
Stephen Dent, M.Arch., Arizona State University, Regents Lecturer
Geraldine Forbes Isais, M.Arch., California Polytechnic University, Pomona
Michaele Pride, M.Arch., Harvard University
Roger Schluntz, M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley

Associate Professors
Geoffrey Adams, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Tim Castillo, M.Arch., Columbia University
Gabriella Gutierrez, M.Arch., Columbia University
Kuppaswamy Iyengar, M.Arch., University of California, Los Angeles
Kramer Woodard, M.S., Columbia University

Assistant Professors
Jorge Colon, M.D.S., Harvard University
Alexander Webb IV, M.Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture    
Kristina Yu, M.Arch, Harvard University

Lecturer III
Karen J. King, M.Arch., University of Virginia
Kimberly Wakefield, M.Arch., University of California, Los Angeles

Adjunct Professors
Antoine Predock, B.Arch., Columbia University
V.B. Price, B.A., Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Bart Prince, B.Arch., Arizona State University
Don Tishman, J.D., Ohio State University
Ed Mazria, B.Arch., Pratt Institute

Lecturer/Fabrications Lab Director
Matthew Gines, M.Arch., University of North Carolina

Adjunct Associate Professors
Garrett Smith, B.F.A., University of New Mexico
Arnold Valdez, M.Arch, University of New Mexico

Professors Emeriti
Edith Cherry, M.Arch., Rice University
Min Kantrowitz, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Paul E. Lusk, M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania
Christopher Mead, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Richard S. Nordhaus, M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania
Andy Pressman, M.Des., Harvard University
Don P. Schlegel, M.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Anne P. Taylor, Ph.D., Arizona State University 

Research Scholars
Levi Romero, M.Arch., University of New Mexico

The Architecture Program

The mission of the Architecture Program is to critically investigate the architectural systems and social forces that define sustainable built environments both locally and globally, while honoring cultural identities through teaching, research and practice.

The pre-professional and professional program in architecture prepares students for a range of roles as architects engaged in shaping the physical environment who encourage the creation of beautiful, responsive and adaptive architecture.

The program requires courses in architectural and urban design; architectural history, theory and criticism; and technology, community and practice. Electives in architecture and related fields are available in a curriculum that is rigorous and challenging.

Policy on Outside Employment During the Semester

History has proven that students who dedicate themselves fully to academics during their short time at the University not only achieve academic excellence, but excel later in their professional careers. The Faculty of the architecture program, therefore, strongly recommends that each student refrain from outside employment during the semester to optimize their educational experience at this critical developmental stage. Full-time students engaged in external employment are expected to notify the Program Director in writing of these arrangements.

Students enrolled with a full-time academic load (15–17 credit hours undergraduate; 12–16 credit hours graduate) are expected to focus their attention on their academic course and related extracurricular activities during the academic term. Students who desire or need to work more than 10 hours per week are expected to take an appropriate and proportional reduction in course load.

Additional Information


In the United States, most state architecture registration boards require an accredited professional degree as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Master’s degree programs may consist of a preprofessional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the preprofessional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

Licensing for Architects in the State of New Mexico and in Most Other States

The practice of architecture is regulated by the individual states and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Licensure for architects in New Mexico requires:

  1. A professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  2. Completion of the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  3. Successful completion of the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE)
  • The Masters degree in Architecture (M.Arch.) at the University of New Mexico is a fully accredited degree. The undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A.A.) is not a professional degree.
  • The Intern Development Program (IDP) is a comprehensive training program that was created to ensure that interns in the architecture profession gain the knowledge and skills required for the independent practice of architecture. The IDP requires an initial enrollment fee and the completion of 5600 hours or approximately three years of qualified and supervised professional experience. That experience is distributed among 16 training categories, each with a minimum hour requirement to insure a breadth of experience. Students are highly encouraged to see the NCARB Web site, for detailed information, especially the "Intern Development Program Guidelines". Students may gain qualified experience for the IDP while in school through summer or part-time employment.
  • The Architectural Registration Exam is composed of seven separate computerized examinations that are taken at the candidates' convenience at an approved testing center. The State of New Mexico requires that the exam candidate have an accredited professional architecture degree and be enrolled in the IDP before commencing the exam process. Students are also encouraged to see the New Mexico Board of Examiners for Architects Web site, for current information on the licensure process in New Mexico.

Ownership of Student Work

Student work, submitted to the School in satisfaction of course or degree requirements, becomes the physical property of the School. The School also has the right to display such work in any medium or format. This work may include papers, drawings, models, electronic records, and other materials. However, students retain all other rights to the intellectual property of such work. The School assumes no responsibility for safeguarding such materials. At its discretion, the School may retain these materials for instructional, recruitment, exhibition and accreditation purposes, return or discard such materials. The School does not normally discard the materials of currently enrolled students.

Associated Programs

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program


ARCH 109. Design Fundamentals. (3)

ARCH 111. Introduction to Architectural Graphics. (3)

ARCH 121. Introduction to Architecture. (3)

ARCH 201. Architectural Design I. (4)

ARCH 202. Architectural Design II. (4)

ARCH 211. Architectural Communications I. (2 to a maximum of 4 Δ)

ARCH 221. Architecture and Context. (3)

ARCH 241. Sustainability I. (3)

ARCH 301. Design Studio III. (4)

ARCH 302. Design Studio IV. (4)

ARCH 311. Architectural Communication II. (2 to a maximum of 4 Δ)

ARCH 321 / 523. World Architecture I: History of the Built Environment From Prehistory to 1400 CE. (3)

ARCH 322 / 524. World Architecture II: History of the Built Environment From 1400 CE to the Present. (3)

ARCH *329. Pre-Columbian Architecture. (3)

ARCH 331. Construction I. (3)

ARCH 332 / 532. Structures I. (3)

ARCH 342 / 542. Architectural Programming and Human Factors [Human Factors and Programming]. (3)

ARCH 401. Design Studio V. (6)

ARCH 402 / 502. Design Studio VI. (6)

ARCH 409 / 509. Vertical Architecture Studio. (6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

ARCH 422 / 522. Modern and Contemporary Architecture. (3)

ARCH 425 / 525. Contemporary Architecture. (3)

ARCH 430 / 530. Foundations of Physical Planning. (3)

ARCH 431 / 533. Structures II. (3)

ARCH 432 / 534. Building Systems. (3)

ARCH 441 / 541. Sustainability II. (3)

ARCH 442 / 544. Politics, Culture, and Architecture. (3)

ARCH 449. Synthesis of Sustainability Perspectives and Innovations. (3)

ARCH 451. Research and Design. (3)

ARCH 452 / 552. Practice and Theory. (3)

ARCH 461 / 661. Problems. (1-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

ARCH 462 / 662. Seminar. (1-3, no limit Δ)

ARCH 463 / 563. Architecture and Design for Children. (3)

ARCH 464 / 564. Lighting. (3)

ARCH 471 / 571. Real Estate Development. (3)

ARCH 481 / 581. Southwest Architecture and Cultural Landscapes. (3)

ARCH 493 / 593. Civic Places. (3)

ARCH 502 / 402. Design Studio VI. (6)

ARCH 503. Graduate Architectural Design I. (5 [6])

ARCH 504. Graduate Architectural Design II. (5)

ARCH 505. Graduate Architectural Design III. (5)

ARCH 509 / 409. Vertical Architecture Studio. (6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

ARCH 515. Graduate Architectural Communications I. (2)

ARCH 516. Graduate Architectural Communications II. (2)

ARCH 517. Graduate Architectural Communications III. (2)

ARCH 521. Architectural Analysis. (3)

ARCH 522 / 422. Modern and Contemporary Architecture. (3)

ARCH 523 / 321. World Architecture I: History of the Built Environment From Prehistory to 1400 CE. (3)

ARCH 524 / 322. World Architecture II: History of the Built Environment From 1400 CE to the Present. (3)

ARCH 525 / 425. Contemporary Architecture. (3)

ARCH 526. Contemporary Architecture and Urban Design. (3)

ARCH 530 / 430. Foundations of Physical Planning. (3)

ARCH 531. Graduate Construction I. (3)

ARCH 532 / 332. Structures I. (3)

ARCH 533 / 431. Structures II. (3)

ARCH 534 / 432. Building Systems. (3)

ARCH 541 / 441. Sustainability II. (3)

ARCH 542 / 342. Architectural Programming and Human Factors [Human Factors and Programming]. (3)

ARCH 544 / 442. Politics, Culture, and Architecture. (3)

ARCH 551. Research Methodology. (3)

ARCH 552 / 452. Practice and Theory. (3)

ARCH 563 / 463. Architecture and Design for Children. (3)

ARCH 564 / 464. Lighting. (3)

ARCH 571 / 471. Real Estate Development. (3)

ARCH 581 / 481. Southwest Architecture and Cultural Landscapes. (3)

ARCH 590. Historic Research Methods. (3)

ARCH 591. Introduction to Preservation and Regionalism. (3)

ARCH 592. Public Works. (3)

ARCH 593 / 493. Civic Places. (3)

ARCH 596. Project/Thesis Preparation. (3-6, no limit Δ)

ARCH 597. Master's Project. (6)

ARCH 599. Master's Thesis. (6, no limit Δ)

ARCH 601. Masters Architectural Design I. (6)

ARCH 602. Masters Architectural Design II. (6)

ARCH 603. Masters Architectural Design III. (6)

ARCH 604. Masters Architectural Design IV. (6)

ARCH 605. Masters Architectural Design V. (6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

ARCH 631. Systems Integration I. (3)

ARCH 632. Systems Integration II. (3)

ARCH 651. Professional Practice II. (3)

ARCH 661 / 461. Problems. (1-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

ARCH 662 / 462. Seminar. (1-3, no limit Δ)

ARCH 691. Sustainable Settlements. (3)

ARCH 692. Urban Outcomes Analysis. (1-3 to a maximum of 4 Δ)

ARCH 693. Urban Goals and Components Analysis. (1-3 to a maximum of 4 Δ)

ARCH 694. Urban Design Methods. (1-3 to a maximum of 4 Δ)

ARCH 695. Urban Development and Regulation. (1-3)

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