The 2015 Southwest Summer Institute, hosted by the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, offers a number of stand-alone courses, which can be taken as part of the UNM School of Architecture & Planning, Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism.

The transcripted six-course Certificate integrates historic preservation with contemporary design, planning and community development grounded in history, culture and place.

Each week, one 3-hour credit course meets daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the UNM School of Architecture & Planning, including field trips. Students complete on-line readings before the "in-class" week, and those who are taking the course for credit also complete a term project after the “in-class” week.

The courses, listed below, are designed for students and professionals in preservation, design, planning, history, sustainability, library science and related fields, as well as the general public, who are welcome to register as non-degree students.

Eating New Mexico: Agriculture, Food & Community Development (June 8-12)
CRP 470 002 / CRP 570 002

Experience the diverse flavors of New Mexico through an exploration of the working landscapes and people that produce our local food. Examine the historic and contemporary food cultures of New Mexico, from farm to fork. Students will engage critical local and national perspectives on food systems; tour farms, commercial kitchens, and restaurants; sample foods, and document the intersections of food, culture, and economy.

Instructor: Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, editor of Edible Santa Fe, National Young Farmers Coalition organizer, and local food advocate. Tentative Guest Speakers: Seth Matlick, Vida Verde Farms; Heidi Eleftheriou, Heidi’s Jam; Celerah Rutledge, non-profit, Delicious New Mexico; Joanie Quinn, New Mexico organic educator; Cherie Austin, Farm & Table restaurant; Matt Rembe, Los Poblanos Inn.

Preservation and Design in Traditional Communities (June 15-19)
ARCH 462 001 / ARCH 662 001

Conflicts often arise between federally-mandated preservation standards and the cultural values of traditional communities. This course explores alternative approaches to preservation and infill design that mediate community values and participation with federal standards. Such thinking is critical to the resiliency of tribal and rural communities as well as urban ethnic enclaves in New Mexico. Students will debate thought-provoking readings covering international standards, charters, and approaches, while guest speakers and field trips will emphasize on-going initiatives in the region.

Instructor: Shawn Evans, AIA, Director of Preservation and Cultural Projects, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, and James Marston Fitch Fellow. Guest speakers: Pilar Cannizzaro, NM State Historic Preservation Office; Tomasita Duran, Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority; Joseph Kunkel, Enterprise Rose Fellow at Santo Domingo Pueblo; Pat Taylor, adobe expert; Don Usner, author of numerous books on Chimayo.

New Methods in Digital Archiving: The Plazas of New Mexico (June 22-26)
ARCH 462 002 / LA 512 001

Introduces students to photogrammetry, 3D visualization and other innovative technologies and interactive platforms. Students will travel to Las Vegas, NM to create a three-dimensional repository of the historic plaza, and then use this to create an innovative visual, place-based interface linking to on-line historic photographs, documents and other information about the evolution of this classic environment.

Instructors: Tim B. Castillo, Professor of Architecture and Director of UNM’s digital media Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory (ARTS Lab); Fred Gibbs, UNM Professor of History, leading Digital Humanities scholar; Adriane Zacmanidis, multi-media specialist, ARTS Lab. Guest Speakers: David Beining, immersive specialist, ARTS Lab, Megan Jacobs, Associate Professor of Media Arts, New Mexico Highlands University; Chris Wilson, co-editor of The Plazas of New Mexico.

Fourth of July Fiestas parade, Bridge Street approaching the plaza, Las Vegas, July 6, 2002, by Miguel Gandert. From Wilson and Polyzoides editors, The Plazas of New Mexico.

Tuition and Fees are $806 per undergraduate course, and $1,109 per graduate course.

For more information, visit: Southwest Summer Institute or contact Beth Rowe, graduate student advisor,, (505) 277-1303 and or Chris Wilson, HPR director,