The University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning offers three courses in historic preservation and regionalism. Each is a three-credit course.

Introduction to Preservation and Regionalism is an introduction to the history theory and professional techniques of historic preservation, regionalism and other contemporary design and planning movements, such as smart growth and sustainable communities, that are grounded in history, culture and the intrinsic characteristics of place. Through readings seminar discussions, guest talks and field trips, students develop a personal philosophy that integrates those ideas that resonate with them into a professional stance for working with local communities and in the region where they live. The instructor is Berenika Byszewski, who has 15 years professional experience as an archeologist and cultural resources specialist. The course, Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., is offered for graduate and undergraduate credit in architecture, landscape architecture and community and regional planning.

Historic Research Methods introduces a wide range of methods for the research, documentation and analysis of historic buildings and cultural landscapes - including the state of New Mexico's cultural resources survey process - along with scholarly frameworks for interpreting architecture, town planning and landscape architecture. The class will study and survey portions of the Silver Hill neighborhood near the UNM campus with an eye toward expanding its already existing National Historic District. Students also learn how research on historic environments can feed into and inform preservation planning, scholarly publications and such contemporary design and planning movements such as regionalism, new urbanism and smart growth. The course instructor is Jeff Pappas, director, New Mexico Historic Preservation Division. Graduate credit is available in landscape architecture, architecture and community and regional planning. The course is offered Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Alternative Construction Methods and Materials explores alternative construction methods and materials in the context of sustainable or green design, including the history, design and construction of adobe, rammed earth, lightweight concrete, straw bale and other natural composite building materials. Basic concepts of whole systems design will be interwoven with the practicality and application of alternative construction methods in a contemporary setting. In addition to readings, seminar discussions and demonstrations, field trips and talks by invited guests will be featured. The instructor is Fransisco Uviña, preservation and adobe construction specialist. The course is on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Undergraduate and graduate credit in architecture is available.

For more about the School of Architecture & Planning's program visit, Historic Preservation and Regionalism.

For more information, graduates students can contact Beth Rowe, or call 505-277-1303; undergraduates can contact Lois Kennedy or call 505-277-4847.

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