Chris Cornelius, Chair
George Pearl Hall
MSC04 2530
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-2903

Geoffrey Adams, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Tim Castillo, M.Arch., Columbia University
Robert A. González. Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Kuppaswamy Iyengar, M.Arch., University of California, Los Angeles
Michaele Pride, M.Arch., Harvard University
John Quale, M.Arch., University of Virginia

Associate Professors
Gabriella Gutierrez, M.Arch., Columbia University
Alexander Webb IV, M.Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture   
Nora Wendl, M.Arch., Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Kristina Yu, M.Arch., Harvard University

Assistant Professor
Aaron Cayer, PhD., University of California, Los Angeles
Gabriel Fries-Briggs, M.Arch., Princeton University
Cesar Adrian Lopez, M.Arch., California College of the Arts

Visiting Assistant Professor
Stephen Mora, M.Arch., Southern California Institute of Architecture
Yang Yang, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

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

Senior Lecturer III
Francisco Uviña-Contreras, M.Arch., University of New Mexico

Lecturer II
Afsaneh Ardehali, M.S.Arch., University of Cincinnati
Sajini Badrinarayan, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Katherine Boles, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Alina Gabryszewska-Kukawa, Ph.D., Warsaw University of Technology
Mark Harberts, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Magdalena Kerkmans, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Efthimios Maniatis, B.Arch., Pratt University
York Seiler, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Amber Straquadine, M.Arch., University of Maryland
Michael Stupin, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Thomas Vliet, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Christine Williams, M.Arch., University of New Mexico
Jared Winchester, B.Arch., Carnegie Mellon University

Professors Emeriti
Edith Cherry, M.Arch., Rice University
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
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
Roger Schluntz, M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley
Anne P. Taylor, Ph.D., Arizona State University

The Architecture Department

The mission of the Architecture Department 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, design studies, landscape architecture, and professional programs in architecture prepare 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 programs 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 Department Faculty, 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 Department Chair 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 an 8-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 pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional 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 Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
  3. Successful completion of the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE)
  • The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree 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 Architectural Experience Program (AXP) 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 AXP 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 ensure a breadth of experience. Students are highly encouraged to see the NCARB Web site, for detailed information, especially the "Architectural Experience Program Guidelines". Students may gain qualified experience for the AXP 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.


ARCH 1115. Introduction to Architectural Graphics. (3)

ARCH 1120. Introduction to Architecture. (3)

ARCH 1125. Design Fundamentals. (3)

ARCH 133. Physics and Math for Designers. (3)

ARCH 201. Architectural Design I. (5)

ARCH 202. Architectural Design II. (5)

ARCH 2120. World Architecture I. (3)

ARCH 2125. World Architecture II. (3)

ARCH 2151. Design Thinking. (3)

ARCH 233. Sustainability I. (3)

ARCH 301. Architectural Design III. (5)

ARCH 302. Architectural Design IV. (5)

ARCH 323. Architecture and Context. (3)

ARCH 324. Architectural Theory. (3)

ARCH 331. Construction I. (3)

ARCH 332 / 532. Architectural Structures I. (3)

ARCH 333 / 533. Architectural Structures II. (3)

ARCH 401. Architectural Design Studio V. (6)

ARCH 402. Architectural Design VI. (6, may be repeated once Δ)

ARCH 433 / 633. Sustainability II. (3)

ARCH 450. Design Leadership. (3)

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

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

ARCH 465. Real Estate Development. (3)

ARCH 472 / 572. Topics in Design Visualization. (1-3, may be repeated six times Δ)

ARCH 500. Graduate Architectural Design I. (6)

ARCH 501. Graduate Architectural Design II. (6)

ARCH 502. Graduate Architectural Design III. (6)

ARCH 523. World Architecture I: History of the Built Environment From Prehistory to 1800 CE. (3)

ARCH 524. World Architecture II: History of the Built Environment From 1800 CE to the Present. (3)

ARCH 531. Graduate Construction I. (3)

ARCH 532 / 332. Architectural Structures I. (3)

ARCH 533 / 333. Architectural Structures II. (3)

ARCH 570. Introduction to Visualization. (1)

ARCH 572 / 472. Topics in Design Visualization. (1-3, may be repeated six times Δ)

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, may be repeated once Δ)

ARCH 603. Masters Architectural Design III. (6, may be repeated once Δ)

ARCH 604. Masters Architectural Design IV. (6, may be repeated once Δ)

ARCH 619. Built Environment Teaching Colloquium. (1, may be repeated once Δ)

ARCH 621. Research Methodology. (3)

ARCH 623. Architectural Analysis. (3)

ARCH 624. Architectural Theory. (3)

ARCH 633 / 433. Sustainability II. (3)

ARCH 634. Systems Integration I. (3)

ARCH 635. Systems Integration II. (3)

ARCH 651. Professional Practice. (3)

ARCH 652. Pre-Design and Architectural Programming. (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 694. Urban Design Methods. (1-3 to a maximum of 4 Δ)

ARCH 696. Master's Project or Thesis Documentation and Dissemination. (3)

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