Touring the UNM Campus and Meem Archives

The Foundation invites its members, students, and AIA New Mexico Conference attendees for a special, select, tour of UNM’s Main Campus and the John Gaw Meem Archives. The tour will be led by Audra Bellmore, Ph.D., Curator of the Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections. TOUR OF JOHN GAW MEEM ARCHIVES & UNM MAIN…

Remembering Van Dorn Hooker

The Foundation’s Executive Committee sadly notes the passing of the organization’s first president and longtime supporter Van Dorn Hooker, Jr. on June 14, 2015. We offer heartfelt condolences to his surviving children, Ann Hooker Clarke and John Hooker, and his grandchildren. Van Dorn Hooker was a charter member and continued to be active with the…

Architectural Feature: The Robb House

“The process of entering the house … should be a continuing and developing experience in space and in view, almost processional in character,” wrote architect Don Schlegel FAIA of his design of the Robb House. Located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, the Robb House was the site of the Foundation’s 2015 Annual Meeting on May…

Architectural Feature: Central & Unser ABC Library

The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library (ABC Library) system welcomed its newest branch on April 18, 2015 to the city’s Westside. Located near the intersection of Central Ave. and Unser Blvd. NW, the 25,000-square-foot building brings library services to previously under-served neighborhoods. The new library was designed to be Albuquerque’s Westside “living room” – a warm and…

Architectural Feature: Levitated Toy Factory

At first this 6,000 square foot 1950s era building in Downtown Albuquerque seemed an unlikely candidate for adaptive reuse by a company called the Levitated Toy Factory, but now it is a place for digital exploration, education, and the fabrication of the next generation of toys. “The project intent and challenge was to bring spiritual…

An ode to New Mexico’s historic preservation and regionalism

The desire to recruit and educate a future generation capable of and passionate about conserving New Mexico’s, the nation’s, and the world’s outstanding cultural heritage, while creating new regionally-responsive design, led to the creation of the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning‘s program in Historic Preservation and Regionalism (HPR). By engaging contemporary…

Celebrating the achievements of young professionals

The New Mexico Architectural Foundation helped sponsor this year’s gala celebration in Albuquerque honoring newly licensed architects and others who earned CSI CDT certificates and CCCA certification (Certified Contract Construction Administrator) during 2013 and 2014. Thirty recently licensed architects were honored and 20 CSI Certificate and Certification recipients were recognized. The Foundation provided monetary support…

UNM Historic Preservation Committee receives award for integrating preservation in master plan

During the 42nd annual Heritage Preservation Awards Ceremony held in May, the University of New Mexico Historic Preservation Committee (HPC) received an award from the state’s Cultural Properties Review Committee for work with the Getty Campus Heritage Grant Program. The grant provided $120,000 to preserve UNM’s historic resources and to develop a plan to integrate preservation into…