The final installment in the iArchitecture Lecture Series in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning honors Louis (Lou) L. Weller, FAIA, Caddo/Cherokee, who died October 2 at 74 years of age. The event is Monday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in the Pearl Hall auditorium. A reception follows the lecture. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Among presenters is Terry Brown, representing the New Mexico chapter of the American Institute of Architects, who will share a slide presentation on Weller's work.

Ted Jojola, Regents Professor in community and regional planning, said, "Lou Weller's architectural design work was an especially important influence on practitioners in the Southwest. He paved the way, literally, for tribes to engage and build cultural representation in their modern works in a manner that reversed the humdrum of mediocre architecture."

Weller was born in Shiprock, N.M., and earned his bachelor of architecture degree from UNM in 1959. In 1980, he established his own architectural practice. His firm's practice worked for more than 30 tribes, representing 95 percent of Weller Architect's body of work. In 2000 he received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He served as chair of the Native American Design Collaborative, a consortium of 23 Native-owned design and engineering firms. He was co-project architect for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. He was an active member of the UNM School of Architecture and Planning's Council for Design + Planning Excellence at and served on the UNM Foundation Board of Directors and the School Governing Council of the Native American Community Academy, Albuquerque.

Program:
Opening & Welcome -- Dean Geraldine Forbes Isais
Presentation of Weller's work with commentary by Terry Brown, NM-AIA representative
Prepared remarks of American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers -- Lynn Paxson
Student presentation, remarks by Native American Community Academy Principal Kara Bobroff
Testimonials from former students
Concluding remarks -- David Sloan

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu