The June 2013 Southwest Summer Institute for Preservation and Regionalism, a program in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, features four week-long courses this year, starting June 3 and running consecutively through the week of June 24.

The institute offers stand-alone courses, which can also be taken as part of the school's graduate certificate program in Historic Preservation and Regionalism. The six-course certificate integrates historic preservation with contemporary design and planning approaches grounded in history, culture and place.

The first course comes out of the school's Urban and Regional Design Certificate Program (formerly Town Design). Introduction to Urban Real Estate Development, June 3-7, gives students a sense of Albuquerque's real estate development through field trips and experience with the practices of New Urbanism as infill, financing, public-private partnerships and approaches to tax credits and incentives. Rob Dickson, CPA, JD, is the developer of The Lofts at Albuquerque High and surrounding infill projects.

The second course, Contemporary Design in Historic and Regional Contexts, June 10-14, explores the deep context of one of the great design traditions in the world - the Southwestern United States - where the forms and materials of buildings have been adapted to the high desert climate, indigenous cultures and singular landscapes. Class lectures and discussions lead to visits to Chaco Canyon, Acoma and Santa Fe and to contemporary works by Antoine Predock, Lake | Flato, Richard Gluckman and others. The instructor is Tony Atkin, FAIA, award-winning architect and preservationist. Guest speakers include architect Devendra Contractor, preservation architect Shawn Evans, landscape architect Baker Morrow and historian Chris Wilson.

Heritage Corridors: Learning from El Camino Real and Route 66, is offered June 17-12. The course focuses on the preservation, interpretation and redevelopment of buildings, landscapes and historical memory of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro and Route 66 as case studies for revitalizing communities along cultural corridors in the United States and around the world. Field trip discussions supplement in-class lectures on the evolution of historic roads and the National Park Services' pioneering efforts to document and preserve heritage corridors. Chester Liebs, landscape historian, is the instructor, with Kaisa Barthuli, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, NPS, and Michael Romero Taylor, National Trails Intermountain Region, NPS.

The final course is Planning for Sustainability, June 24-28, which provides a comprehensive overview of sustainability strategies for buildings, neighborhoods, communities and regions. Hands-on exercises and field trips give participants experience with the LEED green development rating system, green street design, ecological site design, environmental restoration and larger-scale planning strategies to address social equity, economic development and political considerations. The course instructor is Stephen M. Wheeler, AICP, associate professor in landscape architecture at the University of California, Davis. LEED accreditation trainer Erin Murphy is a guest speaker.

Each one week course meets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the School of Architecture and Planning, located on the corner of Central and Cornell NE, on the University of New Mexico campus. Each course carries three credit hours. Students complete online readings before the in-class week, and those taking the course for credit also complete a term project after that week.

Those who could benefit from these courses include students and professionals in preservation, design, planning, sustainability and related fields, as well as the general public, who are welcome to register as non-degree students.

Tuition is $855 per undergraduate course; $980 per graduate course. Tuition for six to nine credit house is the same in summer, so register for two courses and the third is free.

For more information, visit: UNM Summer Institute.

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