Evolution of Indigenous Architecture: Explore Chaco Canyon

Journeying back in time, students will explore ancient to contemporary Indigenous design elements within the field of architecture. Students will be exposed to

  • ancient architecture of Chaco Canyon
  • traditional pueblo style architecture
  • contemporary Indigenous architecture

Field Trip to Chaco Canyon. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a field trip to Chaco Canyon.

  • With its distinct architecture and elaborate systems of structures and roads, students participating in this event will have an opportunity to interact with the environment of an ancient world and broaden their understanding of Chaco Indigenous Design elements and cuilture – agriculture, art, astronomy, engineering and social complexity.

Designated a national monument in 1907 to protect and preserve the site, today, Chaco Canyon is designated as Chaco Culture National Historical Park and is under the protection of the National Park Service. Located in northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Canyon, between 850 AD and 1250 AD, was a major center of ancestral Pueblo culture: culture infused with unique archtecture, art, astronomy and agriculture.
National Park Service:  https://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm


  • Class and Prep Session for Field Trip to Chaco Canyon:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm - students will learn about Indigenous Design elements with a focus on Chaco Canyon, traditional and contemporary Pueblo architecture.
  • Field Trip to Chaco Canyon: Saturday, April 1, 2017  - 8:00 am "Sign-In" Return to the UNM main campus will be approximately 5 pm.
  • Location of Class & Prep Session and Field Trip "Sign-In":  STEM Collaborative Center Classroom located in EDU 212 (bldg. 67 on campus map).  Directions to classroom - http://stem.unm.edu/contact-us.html


Dr. Ted Jojola (Pueblo of Isleta), Distinguished Professor and Regents' Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program's Indigenous Design & Planning Institute in UNM's School of Architecture. For more information about UNM's Indigenous Design & Planning Institute, see link - http://saap.unm.edu/resource-center/centers-institutes/id-pi/index.html

Registration Deadline: Mar 17, 2017

Event Details

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Instructor: Dr. Ted Jojola, Distinguished Professor and Regents' Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, UNM School of Architecture
Who can attend: UNM undergraduate students - freshmen and sophomore students are encouraged to register.
Meet at: Tuesday, March 28 from 5:30-8 pm & Saturday, April 1 is the Field Trip to Chaco Canyon - 8 am-5 pm
Location: STEM Collaborative Center Classroom-EDU 212 (bldg 67 on campus map)
What to bring: Your curiosity and willingness to learn about Indigenous Design and New Mexico Pueblo cultures and history.
Days: Tuesday, March 28 and Saturday, April 1 (trip to Chaco Canyon)
Type: Project + Trip

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