The UNM School of Architecture & Planning presents the 2011 Southwest Summer Institute for Preservation and Regionalism, three independent one-week courses during June.

The first course, Contemporary Design in Historic and Regional Contexts, runs June 6-10. The course is an exploration into the great regional traditions in the world – the United States Southwest – where building forms and materials are adapted to the desert climate, as well as an exploration into indigenous cultural and singular landscapes.

Class discussions and lectures focus on Chaco Canyon, Acoma, Abiquiu and Santa Fe, as well as works by Antoine Predock, Lake Flato, Richard Gluckman and others. Students develop their own response to historic and regional issues through a modern design project or critical essay.

Tony Atkin, FAIA, award-winning architect and preservationist, is the instructor. Guest speakers are architect Devendra Contractor, landscape architect Baker Morrow and historian Chris Wilson.

The second course, Photographing the Built Environment, runs June 13-17. The course provides immersion in the 170 years of architectural and cultural landscape photography, especially work that merges a strong visual aesthetic with the pragmatic requirements of documentation. Students learn to record historic buildings, structures and landscapes according to Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) guidelines, which guest speakers introduce commercial architectural photography, social documentary photography and cultural resource field interpretation.

Documentary photography Martin Stupich is the instructor. Stupich has more than 30 years experience documenting to HABS guidelines.

The final course, Conservation Field Studies: Bandelier National Monument, runs June 20-24. Bandelier National Monument in the Pajarito Plateau of northern New Mexico, is a volcanic landscape layered in history from ancestral Pueblo occupation to early ranching, the Works Progress Administration and the Atomic Age. Using this rich field study site, the course focuses on investigation, diagnosis and conservation of cultural properties. Topics include materials pathology, nondestructive evaluation and testing, and developing treatment strategies in conservation of archaeological and historic sites.

Douglas Porter, research faculty at UNM and the University of Vermont, is a course co-instructor. He has worked with historic preservation and ruins conservation projects nationally, including structural modeling at Bandelier. Angelyn Bass, co-instructor, is an archaeological sites conservator.

Each course meets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the School of Architecture & Planning, including field trips. Courses are open to students and professionals in preservation, design, planning, cultural resource management and related fields, as well as other professionals and the general public, who are welcome to register as non-degree students.

For more information, e-mail Historic Preservation, or call (505) 277-0071.

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