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University of New Mexico

May 21, 2018
We are pleased to announce that we have hired Dr. Aaron Cayer as our new Assistant Professor of Architectural Historian, joining Eleni Bastea, Professor of Architecture.  We look forward to his arrival in the fall semester. 

We recent converted back to be a department, after almost 50 years as a program.  When architectural education began at UNM in 1936, it was a department with a chair.  Now in 2018, we have returned to that status.  Nothing really changes, but it helps us avoid confusion at the university level.

Department Chair, John Quale, manages the Jeff Harnar Award for Contemporary Architecture - www.jeffharnaraward.com.  This year, the winner is SHoP Architects of NYC for their recently completed project SITE Santa Fe.  The local architect of record is Allegretti Architects in Santa Fe.  This year, we also added an upbuilt category, limited to designers living in New Mexico.  One of our graduate students, Darby Prendergast, won the Unbuilt Architecture category, and Surroundings Studio, a local landscape architecture firm, won in the Unbuilt Landscape Architecture category. 

Assistant Professor of Architecture Ane Gonzalez Lara, collaborating with Associate Professor Katya Crawford and Assistant Professor Kathy Kambic (both in UNM's Landscape Architecture department, won 1st Place in the Re-Thinking Competition. 

2018 Master of Architecture graduates have already found jobs at SHoP Architects, Kieran Timberlake, and firms in LA, Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, etc. -- as well as firms around New Mexico.

Lastly, we look forward to hearing the results of our recent accreditation visit.  We believe it went well -
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