A sentimental visit to UNM

I am at the point where I can look at my pictures from New Mexico and not feel queasy, if you don’t know what I ‘m talking about see this post. One of the highlights of my trip was going to visit the Architecture School. I would have been extremely disappointed if I didn’t get to go inside the school and see the new design for myself. I graduated from the UNM School of Architecture in 1996-ish and since then it has been completely redesigned. It was more than redesigned it got a proper building. When I went to school there the architecture and planning buildings were across the street in two random leftover buildings. Our studio spaces left a lot to be desired, it was nice to see that it got a new home.

UNM School of Architecture

I was so excited that the building was open and that I was able to go inside, school had not officially started yet, but there were people working in the office and a few students wandering about.

Display wall UNM School of Architecture

I felt a rush of excitement as I walked by this wall. I love looking at architecture projects.

More display walls- UNM School of Architecture

My son was with me but he didn’t share my enthusiasm as we walked down the hall.

Shop - UNM School of Architecture

The door was locked to the fabrication lab otherwise I would have gone inside. I absolutely LOVED to build models when I was in school.

Stairs UNM

Lots of stairs, no need to go to the gym.

patio UNM

See that building across the street, that used to be where we had all of our classes at the “old architecture school”.

At this point in the game my son had about all he could take of me walking around like a sentimental sap taking pictures of everything. He wanted to leave, but I wasn’t done. I was just getting started. Luckily we take a bag of legos wherever we go.


┬áThis table was in the hallway and it had a “take me” sign on it. We decided to have a seat and start building.

It’s amazing to me how pleasant my son is when he is playing with legos. I never would have guessed in a million years that I would be at the architecture school with my son playing legos. It kind of blew my mind. New Mexico will always hold a special place in my heart; I feel like I grew up there.

Architecture was my second degree, I went back to school after I graduated with a degree in Economics. I realized that I didn’t want to be a stockbroker or work on Wall Street, the trouble was I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I had always thought about architecture in the back of my mind so I decided to go back to school while I was still young and single, so I wouldn’t regret it later.

When I moved to Albuquerque I was very naive and I didn’t really have much of a plan. I grew up a lot and learned so much about myself while I lived there. I had some of my worst relationships there and one of my best, I met my husband there. Back to the tour…


My son’s mood improved and we continued to walk. I was really happy when he started enjoying himself.

It was getting late and it was time to head back and meet my husband for a little family time. I enjoyed being in that building very much, it was fun to think about my time at UNM. As I walked outside with my son I felt thankful for everything I learned while I lived there and that I had a great family now. I stopped thinking about my past and I was in the moment holding my son’s hand as we crossed the street. It was nice to learn from my past but leave it behind me where it belonged.

  • Grand posters

    That’s a great sentimtal story!