For the second year, the UNM School of Architecture and Planning is managing the Jeff Harner Award, a $10,000 cash prize competition underwritten by the Thornburg Charitable Foundation for what is deemed the best completed work of contemporary architecture in New Mexico.

Larry Speck, FAIA and chair of the 2012 Harnar jury, presents an illustrated talk, "Architecture Transforming Everyday Life," on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the George Pearl Hall auditorium on the UNM campus.

Speck is the 2011 recipient of the ACSA/AIA Topaz Medallion, the highest recognition bestowed in architecture education and given to a single individual each year. Speck has been on the faculty at the University of Texas-Austin since 1975, and served as Dean of their School of Architecture from 1992 to 2001.

His professional work as a principal designer with Page Southerland Page includes a number of award-winning Texas landmarks, including Austin's Bergstrom International Airport, the Austin Convention Center, and the architecture for Discovery Green, at twelve-acre park in Downtown Houston, and the Alpine, Texas Federal Building, one of the smallest courthouses constructed by GSA in the United States.

Speck has also served on the Architectural Advisory Board for the US State Department Overseas Building Operations and as a National Peer Reviewer for the US GSA Design Excellence Program. A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, in 2005 Speck served as chair of the jury to select members to the College of Fellows.

Other jury members for the 2012 Jeff Harnar Award are Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA, Miami Beach, Fla.; Kihei Mayer, graduate student at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning; : Mark Childs, AIA and UNM professor; and Christine Ten Eyck, FASLA, Phoenix and Austin.

Formal announcement for the prize will be the evening of Friday, Feb. 24, also at Pearl Hall, a gala event featuring guest speakers Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, New York City).

For more information, email Roger Schluntz or call (505) 277-7300.

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