The School of Architecture and Planning is hosting an open house Friday, Oct. 22, from noon to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"The open house is designed to showcase the school and its degree programs, as well as recruit students," said Alf Simon, associate dean of the school and director of the landscape architecture program. He said that visitors will be able to see displays of work of current students.

The students in each discipline in the school – architecture, landscape architecture and community and regional planning – will design a space along the bridge on the main floor of the building. Students will be in the spaces to discuss their respective programs with interested visitors. The school's graduate and undergraduate advisors will also be on hand to provide information, Simon said.

The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in architecture, a graduate program in landscape architecture, undergraduate degree in environmental planning and design and a graduate degree in community and regional planning. The school also offers graduate certificate programs in town design and historic preservation and regionalism.

The school is housed in George Pearl Hall, named for one of Albuquerque's most prolific architects. Pearl Hall was designed by Antoine Predock. The building itself is reason to visit. The building is a monument to openness. It is revealed in the way the concrete walls on the main facade pull apart to reveal the glass within, and in the way the staircase and elevator lobbies at the west end of the building overlook both its gallery and the Frontier Restaurant across the street. On the campus side, another glass wall shows off the truss system.

For more information, contact Simon at, or 505-277-4120.

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