This summer, from August 5 through August 8, 2014, UNM-Taos will be hosting a Sustainability Institute providing an innovative, multi-day seminar and workshop focused on Sustainability and Humanitarian Design. It the first in a series of Sustainability Institute presentations focusing on sustainable, resilient design for a changing world.
“Since the UNM-Taos Klauer campus is known for being one hundred percent solar powered, this emphasis on sustainability is a natural for us,” conference organizer and UNM-Taos Director of Development, Louis Moya explained.
Participation in the institute is open to sustainability professionals, architects, designers, advocates and the general public, with UNM Taos class credit available for students wishing to participate in the program as a college course. The program will also provide complimentary Continuing Education Units certified by the American Institute for Architects. The seminar will be headquartered at Bataan Hall in Taos, with workshops throughout the Taos area. Lectures, films, informal social gatherings and ample interaction with presenters are also planned.
A great deal of thought, research and planning has gone into designing seminars and workshops that clearly demonstrate local and global examples of viable and efficient construction, food-growing, water catchment, clothing, heating and many other proven ways to meet the needs of the world’s population and planet without compromising our future. Louis Moya said that he was particularly excited about the lineup of highly talented presenters, which features experts from throughout the United States and abroad.
The event will be hosted by Rachel Preston Prinz. Rachel is the face and founder of Archinia. Professionally, she’s an architectural designer, preservationist, television producer, photographer, and sustainability advocate. Described as an “architectural visionary,” Rachel loves to share her passion for great design through public speaking, giving tours, and writing for various media outlets. Her passion resides in discovering the “genius loci” – the “Spirit of Place.”