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Location:
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
100,000 s.f. school of Architecture & Planning

Project Team:
Design Architect: Antoine Predock
Executive Architect: Jon Anderson
Project Manager: James Lucero
Jarrod Arellano, JAA
Mark Harvold, JAA
Kevin Sweet, JAA
Brian Hagood, JAA
General Contractor: Jaynes

Awards/Publications:
Featured in Architect Magazine, Nov 2008
Featured in Competitions Magazine, Fall 2008

Project Status: Built
Photographs by Kirk Gittings
Project Narrative:

The School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico is driven by the necessity of making a building that inspires and teaches students about the potential of architecture. This notion is intersected with the desire to allow the building to be shaped by specific environmental, urban and campus forces. Additionally, the timeless relationships between building and environment from the cliffs of Canyon de Chelly to the mute, powerful walls of Anasazi architecture, conceptually and materially inform our project. The building optimizes the envelope while still incorporating these forces.

Believing that a student can be engaged and actively learn from the intrinsic qualities of the spaces in which they work, the project accomplishes this on a multitude of levels. First, the building reveals its structure, infrastructure and environmental systems. Second, by demonstrating how plan and section are connected in a complex relationship linking light, spatial flows and structure. This is most clearly evidenced where the studios and seminar rooms form a layered canyon of modulated light. Third, places like the ‘hanging’ seminar rooms and the rooftop terraces call into question the conventional occupation and programming of space.

For more info, visit http://www.predock.com/UNM/UNM.html
in association with ANTOINE PREDOCK ARCHITECT