Architecture (Landscape Architecture Concentration), BAA

School of Architecture and Planning

Program Description:

    Approximately 25% to 30% of our BAA students choose not to pursue a career in a conventional architectural practice. Many of them are deeply interested in design, but not necessarily interested in becoming a licensed architect. We currently offer many courses in architectural design, interior design, industrial design, digital media, digital and conventional fabrication, furniture design, and various aspects of visualization ranging from 3D modeling software to graphic design for architectural presentations. The Landscape Architecture department in the School of Architecture + Planning only offers a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture. They have begun to add courses listed at the undergraduate level.

This concentration is modeled on the Design Studies Concentration, during which those students take the same courses for the first two years of their degree, but as they get into the 3rd year, they will have more choices. The 3rd year is when the Pre-Professional Concentration moves into more technicallyoriented courses to prepare them for the MArch. In recent years, several students have complained that they don’t want to take these more strictly architectural courses, and would prefer more freedom. The Design Studies Concentration was approved last year, and this LA Concentration simply inserts specific landscape architecture classes in the open slots. This means the students will get substantial advanced standing in our Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree, as well as other MLA programs. It will be important that the concentration be transcripted to help in their admissions process.

There is already a Landscape Architecture concentration in the Community and Regional Planning department – although the extensive background in design within the BAA program will give the students in the BAA / Landscape Architecture concentration substantially more advanced standing in the Master of Landscape Architecture.  

Admission Requirements:



Deadline to apply is 4:00 pm on May 15th. Should this date fall on a weekend, the Monday following becomes the receive-by deadline.

Application to the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BAA) Program maybe made after completion of at least 26 credit hours, including the completion of pre-admission requirements. All students must be admitted to UNM prior to or concurrent with their application to the BAA program. UNM Application forms are available online at Architecture Application forms are available in the office of the Undergraduate Advisor, George Pearl Hall Room 117, located at 2401 Central Ave NE.

Admission to the undergraduate pre-professional portion of the program is competitive and limited. There are two paths to undergraduate admission:

  • The standard path requires that upon completion of a minimum set of required college-level credits acceptable to the School, students apply for transfer and acceptance into the Architecture program in the School of Architecture and Planning. Applications to the BAA degree program are accepted from University of New Mexico students, as well as students from any other accredited universities approved by the Office of Admissions.

  • The second path is the “Early Admissions” program for those who are deemed high achieving entering freshman. Eligibility will be limited to those students who will graduate in the top 10% of his/her high school graduating class, or have a GPA of at least a 3.75 on a 4.0 scale, or have test scores of at least 27 on the ACT or 1230 (verbal and math only) on the SAT, or have received the National Scholars Scholarship, or the Regents’ Scholarship, or the Gates Millennium, or have earned the distinction of National Merit Finalist, or National Hispanic Scholar or National Achievement Scholar or National American Indian Scholar. For further information contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the School of Architecture and Planning.

Unless otherwise indicated, all items listed below should be submitted in one application package:

  1. Apply online or download the UNM application form. If you are not already admitted to UNM-Albuquerque.

  2. Architecture application form.

  3. A portfolio of creative work. (Portfolio Guidelines are available in the advisor’s office – format is 8.5 x 11 inches).

  4. One page letter of intent (2 copies – one is bound in the portfolio).

  5. Transcripts. All students must submit unofficial UNM transcripts with their application. Transfer students must submit copies of their official transcripts; the original official transcripts must be submitted to:

UNM Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

Transfer Agreements:

Transfer Students must submit the following to the office of the Undergraduate Advisor, George Pearl Hall Room 117, located at 2401 Central Avenue NE:

  1. Course descriptions for Architectural Graphics, Design Fundamentals, and Introduction to Architecture taken at institutions other than UNM.

  2. Transfer course evaluation from the Lobotrax Degree Audit. (This is available through LOBOWEB). The above items should be hand delivered or mailed to:

University of New Mexico
School of Architecture and Planning
Attn: Undergraduate Advisor
MSC 04-2530
2401 Central Avenue NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001

Career Opportunities:

People need places to live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places, whether they are private or public; indoors or outdoors; or rooms, buildings, or complexes. Architects discuss with clients the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project. In some cases, architects provide various predesign services, such as feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, cost analyses and land- use studies, and design requirements. For example, architects may determine a building’s space requirements by researching its number and types of potential users. After discussing and agreeing on the initial proposal, architects develop final construction plans that show the building's appearance and details for its construction. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; plumbing; and, possibly, site and landscape plans.

In developing designs, architects must follow building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy access by people who are disabled. Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) technology have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. Architects also may help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts. As construction proceeds, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, keep to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.  

Contact Information:

Lois Kennedy: Senior Academic Advisor
(505) 277-4847