The UNM School of Architecture and Planning Indigenous Architecture Lecture Series continues on Monday, Nov. 22 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in the Pearl Hall auditorium with Brian Vallo, Acoma Pueblo, and Barbara Felix with Barbara Felix Architecture + Design. Their presentation is Sky City Cultural Center & Haaku Museum: A Community-Based Project.

A reception precedes the event from 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

The architect and then-community coordinator share a remarkable story of the development and design of the Acoma Pueblo Visitors complex. After a fire destroyed the original building, the designers worked extensively with the community to build a facility that not only served tourists visiting one of the oldest continuously inhabited villages in the United States, but one which addressed the needs of the community. More than 40 community meetings were held before "they got it right."

Perched between heaven and earth, the Acoma balance tradition and modernity, and with their new visitor center have expanded their interest in preservation and the arts.

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