Teresa Cordova, director, Community and Regional Planning program in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, announces the hire of two new faculty members, Moises Gonzales and Caroline Scruggs.

Moises Gonzales
Gonzales, assistant professor, serves as director of the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Design Degree Program. He also serves as the director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning, a community outreach center, which provides technical assistance in community development, design and natural resource planning for traditional communities throughout New Mexico.

Gonzales earned a master's in urban design from the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver, as well as a Professional Planning Degree in the Master of Community and Regional Planning Program from UNM. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Post Graduate Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he studied sustainable urban design.

Gonzales is principal and owner of Chimal Designs which has over 12 years of experience in community planning and design projects throughout the state of New Mexico. Recently, his work has focused on urban redevelopment strategies for Albuquerque's International District. In 2000, He received the Distinguished Alumni award from UNM for his work on cultural landscape preservation of traditional communities in Northern New Mexico. His work in design strategies for agricultural conversation in Rio Arriba County is featured in the book, "True West, Authentic Patterns for Small Towns and Rural Areas," by Christopher Duerksen and James Van Hermert published by the APA Planners Press in 2003.

In addition to many professional design and planning awards, Chimal Designs received the Best Planning Practices award in 2009 by the New Mexico Infrastructure Conference for its work newly branded International District.

Gonzales teaches courses in the Physical Planning Concentration of the Community and Regional Planning Program. He is a specialist in urban design, rural town design, cultural resources inventory, landscape design, GIS mapping and analysis, as well as three-dimensional digital modeling. His research focus is on southwest urbanism, urban form morphology as well as the informal settlement condition in global cities. His research is devoted to developing a vernacular appropriate urban design strategy that can improve urban performance in response to the dry arid climates of the southwestern region of the United States.

Caroline Scruggs
Caroline Scruggs is a 2011 Udall Foundation Fellow who plans to complete her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Environment and Resources at Stanford University in June 2012. She formally begin her position as assistant professor of Community and Regional Planning at UNM in the fall of 2012.

Scruggs' teaching and research focus on sustainability as it relates to public and environmental health as part of CRP's Natural Resources concentration. Scruggs comes to UNM with a background in water quality. She holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech, and had a previous career as an environmental consultant on global water quality projects. She worked mainly with communities at the local, regional and state levels to remove contaminants from water, wastewater, and storm water, and on water reuse projects.

Scruggs' current research shifted upstream to source control of chemicals, and is situated at the intersection of science, business, and policy. She uses social science methods and methodologies in her research, which centers on management and safe use of chemicals with a focus on consumer products.

Of particular interest to her are U.S. and European chemicals policies and businesses' roles and responsibilities in protecting public and environmental health, promoting information flow along supply chains, and contributing to public knowledge about chemical risks. Scruggs collaborated with numerous international agencies, organizations, and businesses throughout her doctoral research. She plans to continue pursuing interdisciplinary research and teaching related to the environment, public health and sustainability in her new position at UNM.

She has written numerous articles in professional and peer-reviewed journals, is an EPA STAR
Fellow and a licensed professional engineer, and has taught environmental courses as a visiting lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech and the University of Kansas.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu