Jorge Colón, AIA, Assistant Professor of research and research methodologies, is an architect and director of LÓNdesign, an architecture studio with a focus on housing, in-fill projects, and the renovation and adaptive re-use of existing structures. He holds degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.S.), Arizona State University (MArch), and Harvard University (MDesS), where his research centered on informal settlements, cultural geographies, and housing in rapidly urbanizing urban centers. Colón has lectured publicly on a range of issues related to design and urban development, and his work has won several design awards, including recognition by the American Institute of Architects. He brings these interests and experience to the University of New Mexico, where he will teach upper level design studios as well as seminars in research methodologies and communication.
Kuppu Iyengar, Associate Professor, has been appointed the new Associate Director of the Architecture Program in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico. He succeeds Geoff C. Adams, Associate Professor, in this position.
Alex Webb, LEED AP, Assistant Professor of emergent technologies, joins the UNM SAAP faculty from the Los Angeles area where he was an Adjunct Faculty member at Woodbury University and a Lecturer at Otis School of Design. He received his degrees at SCI-Arc (M.Arch) and Colorado College (B.Arts, English) and studied at the Berlage Institute and Columbia University's GSAAP. Webb has worked for numerous architectural firms in the LA area including Marmol Radziner + Associates, Patterns, Coop Himmelb(l)au and Gensler. He was recently awarded a ($2,000) Woodbury University Research Grant for a project titled Fabric Formed Performance. Fabric Formed Performance will be on display in Hollywood at WUHO. Webb will teach design studios and seminars in both the areas of Building and Design Technologies.