The UNM School of Architecture and Planning offers its 2012 Southwest Summer Institute for Preservation and Regionalism in a series of courses running June 11-29. Each three-hour credit course meets for five days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chris Wilson, JB Jackson chair of Cultural Landscape Studies, said that the stand-alone courses can also be taken as part of the school's graduate certificate program in Historic Preservation and Regionalism.

The graduate certificate program integrates proven historic preservation techniques with contemporary design and planning approaches grounded in history, culture and place, Wilson said.

The first course, Virtual History: Community in the Digital Age, runs June 11-15. It explores how methods of digital communication such as websites, Facebook pages and GPS-linked smart phone apps can be used to ground community history in local places. The class will develop a digital history presence for Santa Rosa, N.M, a railroad and Route 66 community, potentially using historic and contemporary maps, aerial photos and photographs, snippets of oral history interviews and recordings from community celebrations.

UNM instructors are Tim Castillo, architect and director, Arts Lab; Miguel Gandert, documentary photographer and director, Film and Digital Media Program; and Enrique Lamadrid, folklorist and chair, Spanish and Portuguese Department.

The second offering, June 18-23, is Building Assessment and Preservation Planning: Navajo Mountain School, which introduces the procedures for historic research, conditions assessment and preservation planning for historic buildings. The class will travel to and spend the week on the Navajo Reservation at Navajo Mountain, Utah, studying its large New Deal era day school that is being nominated as a National Historic Landmark. The class will produce a preservation and reuse plan for the school, working in collaboration with community members and the Navajo Mountain Chapter. (Travel expenses, lodging and meals paid by UNM)

Francisco Uviña, architectural preservation specialist; and Lillian Makeda, architectural historian and former historic preservation specialist with the Navajo Nation; are instructors, with guest speakers from the local community.

The final course is Preservation Law: A Practical Tool Kit, June 25-29. The course offers general principles and fundamentals of preservation law, focusing on federation preservation law including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as well as state, tribal and local legislation and review processes. Class lectures and discussions are supplemented with practical case studies and field visits.

The instructor, Jonathan Poston, attorney and preservationist, is the former director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Southwest regional office. Guest speakers include Jan Biella, acting director, N.M. Historic Preservation Division and other speakers from tribal preservation offices and the National Trust, Washington, D.C.

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