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Fall Newsletter from the Architecture Director

The 2014-15 academic year was my first at UNM. It was an honor to be selected as the new Director in April 2014 and an exciting challenge to step into the role on August 1, 2014. I’ve enjoyed my time at UNM SA+P so far – the students are talented, hard-working and endlessly curious about all aspects of architecture. I quickly learned why our graduates have such a good reputation. My first UNM academic year was busy – and the school was always abuzz with activity.

Thrown into the whirlwind of becoming a Lobo, I’ve learned about a few of the UNM traditions -- the Hanging of the Greens, the importance of biscochitos, women’s basketball at The Pit, Nizhoni Days, the UNM bureaucracy, skateboarding on Cornell Mall, etc. but I must admit I still have a lot to learn. In the school, the tradition of bringing in interesting lecturers continued – with high points including Stefan Behnisch as the Marjorie Mead Hooker Visiting Professor; architects / landscape architects Iñaki Alday & Margarita Jover; and Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects delivering an energetic performance at the 2015 Jeff Harnar Annual Lecture.

I wasn’t the only newbie last year – Assistant Professor Brian Goldstein joined the faculty as well – and he has successfully made the Architectural History 1 & 2 sequence his own. I also initiated a UNM Architecture Teaching Fellow program for recent graduates looking to get a year of full time teaching experience. Our first fellow, David Schneider, has already become a popular instructor in Pearl Hall. As for retirements, Professor Stephen Dent, who taught at UNM for 35 years, retired at the end of the spring semester. Fortunately he has agreed to teach occasionally on a part-time basis. In addition, long-time undergraduate advisor Lois Kennedy has just announced her retirement at the end of September.

As for the students, it was a busy year as well. They worked on studio design projects in ABQ, Santa Fe, Zuni Pueblo, Boston, Denver, El Paso, etc. and several students were able to participate in study abroad programs in Mexico City and Berlin. A studio led by Matt Gines designed and built two playhouses which raised $23,500 (at auction) for the non-profit New Mexico Appleseed. 

The 2015-16 academic year has only just started, but the students coming into the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA), the Master of Architecture (MArch), and the Master of Science in Architecture (MS Arch) programs are well prepared and already starting to make their mark on the school. We have the fall lecturers lined up – Thom Mayne, Alex Wilson (in partnership with AIA-NM); Kim Yao of ARO; Dianne Harris; Landscape Architect David Hill, as well as Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas of Estudio Macías Peredo, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 2016 Jeff Harnar Annual Lecture in the spring semester will be given by Tatiana Bilbao of Mexico City. We also look forward to welcoming Billie Faircloth of Kieran Timberlake Architects in the spring, and several others. We encourage you to attend these lectures.

Note to Recent Graduates: be on the look out for a survey in the fall from the school about your experience at UNM Architecture – the curriculum, the facilities, etc. Please participate – it will help us make a few more changes to our curriculum before the next accreditation visit.

Note to All Alumni: I’ve met some of the UNM Architecture alumni, and look forward to meeting more. Please stay in touch with the Architecture program and the school, and consider becoming a member of the school’s Alumni Chapter – more information for Alumni.

See below for more information about the various faculty in our program — last year was a busy year for all.

Best wishes,

John Quale

Director and Professor of Architecture

Faculty Notes:

Eleni Bastéa

Venice without Gondolas, poetry collection (Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2013).

Aθήνα 1834 – 1896. Νεοκλασική πολεοδομία και ελληνική εθνική συνείδηση [Athens: 1834 – 1896. Neoclassical Urban Design & Greek National Consciousness], translation of The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth, translated by Eleni Bastéa. (Libro publishers, Athens, 2008).

ed., Memory and Architecture (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico Press, 2004).

The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth (Cambridge U. Press, 2000). Co-winner of the John D. Criticos Prize and finalist for the Runciman Award.

Eleni Bastéa will give a keynote address on Sept. 15, 2017, titled "Planning Modern Athens: Western aspirations and Ottoman legacies” in the conference "Histories, Spaces and Heritages at the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Greek state," organized by École Française d’ Athènes.

Bastéa is part of the Scientific Team of the multi-year project on Ottoman & Greek history,  hosted and funded by École Française d’ Athènes.


Tim Castillo

Presentation to the Science, Technology, and Telecommunications Interim Committee of the New Mexico State Legislature, Aug 2017. See Silver City Daily Press.


Mark C. Childs

The Zeon Files: the art and design of Route 66 signs. University of New Mexico Press, May 2016. New Mexico Historic Preservation Award 2017.  University Showcase, KUNM

State of New Mexico Historic Preservation Award for The Zeon Files: Art and Design of Historic Route 66 Signs with Ellen Babcock.

Reviewer for Urban Planning and  Journal of Urbanism.

Submitted completed manuscript for Imagine A City that Remembers: The Albuquerque Rephotography Project to UNM Press.

Urban Composition. Princeton Architectural Press, 2012. EDRA Great Places Book Award 2013.

The Shapes of Transportation. New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, 2007.

Squares: A Public Space Design Guide for Urbanists. UNM Press, 2004. Planetizen Top Ten Books of 2005, and Top 8 Public Space Design Books.

Never Say Goodbye: The Albuquerque Rephotography Project with Anthony Anella, Albuquerque Museum, 2000. Previously published in the Albuquerque Tribune, 1998 to 1999. Heritage Preservation Award from the State of New Mexico, 1999.

Parking Spaces: A Design, Implementation, and Use Manual for Architects, Planners, and Engineers, McGraw-Hill, 1999. Reprinted in Mandarin, 2003.


Ane Gonzalez Lara

Participant in Glenn Murcutt 2017 Master Class 

Borders, self-published

"Brick and Concrete Versus Prefabricated Materials in Latin American Architecture" presented at Building Technology Educator’s Society (BTES) Annual conference, June 2017, Des Moines, A. Gonzalez Lara

Visited Stanford for two weeks with the Stanford Libraries Access Grant.

Abstract accepted for the upcoming ACSA Fall conference in Marfa, TX. (30% of acceptance rate)



Kuppaswamy Iyengar

Sustainable Architectural Design, Routledge NY,  2015



Karen King

Meeting the Minimums and Missing the Point, Professional Practice 101: SecondEdition, A. Pressman, editor, John Wiley & Sons, 2006.



John Quale

OFFSITE ARCHITECTURE:  Constructing the Future, peer-reviewed, Ryan Smith and John Quale, Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2017.

Sustainable, Affordable, Prefab – the ecoMOD project, John D. Quale, peer-reviewed, University of Virginia Press, 2012

Trojan Goat: A Self-Sufficient House, John D. Quale, foreword by Kenneth Frampton, Volume 1 in the UVA School of Architecture’s 'Urgent Matters' book series, distributed by the University of Virginia Press, 2005



Matthew Walker

Architects and Intellectual Culture in Post-Restoration England', Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017


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