By Eric Althoff
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The University of New Mexico has announced that Phoenix-based architecture firm Studio Ma will design the university’s new master facility plan for its College of Fine Arts.
Studio Ma’s plan encompasses strategic visioning; partnership development; diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging assessment; sustainability; and physical design. All of these paradigms are meant to ensure the architect will be able to solve key issues as they prepare the campus plan.
Studio Ma will be working in conjunction with Albuquerque-based architecture firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and arts consultant Greg Esser. Studio Ma has already performed similar duties at Arizona State University, Washington University in St. Louis and Princeton University.
“I am delighted to announce our alliance with Studio Ma on behalf of the UNM College of Fine Arts and UNM’s master facility planning team,” Amy Coburn, university architect and director of UNM planning, design and construction, said in a recent statement. “I am confident this collaboration will provide the strategic guidance to successfully develop long-term growth plans for the college that improve the student experience and creative growth. We are thrilled to launch this partnership with these talented and engaged architects and planners.”
Added Christiana Moss, Studio Ma’s co-founder and principal: “The University of New Mexico is a locus in the state’s vibrant arts community, and we’re honored to partner with a transformative institution that serves as a key cultural and economic driver. Our team is excited to create a forward-thinking vision for the College of Fine Arts.”