Regents' Policies


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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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Regents' Policy Manual - Section 2.10: Architectural Style of Campus Buildings and Campus Master Plan

Adopted Date: 09-12-1996
Amended: 06-12-2012


This policy applies to all buildings on the central campus of the University.


The Pueblo Revival style of architecture on campus was introduced by President Tight in the early 1900s and was officially adopted by the Regents at that time after stormy controversy. Later abandoned for a few years, the Pueblo Revival style was readopted by Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem. Meem was retained by the University as campus architect in 1933 and designed thirty-six structures in the distinctive style which came to be known as Pueblo Revival.

In 1959, with the adoption of the Long-Range Campus Development Plan, the Regents agreed to preserve and enhance the established Pueblo Revival architectural style, with modifications, of buildings on the central campus. No such architectural restrictions were imposed for the north and south campuses, but hope was expressed that new buildings would have regional character.


It is the policy of the University that all buildings constructed on the central campus continue to be designed in the Pueblo Revival style and that buildings on the north and south campuses reflect the general character of this style to the extent possible given the special needs for facilities in these areas. The consistent use of a single architectural style has become a unique feature of the University of New Mexico campus, and contributes to an aesthetically pleasing environment for all members of the University community.

The Board of Regents shall approve the University's long-range campus master plan to guide the physical development of the campus. Revisions to the master plan must have the approval of the Regents.


The President, through the Planning and Campus Development Department, shall draft:

  • design specifications for central campus buildings which specify use of the Pueblo Revival architectural style for central campus buildings and that are compatible with this style for other areas of the campus; and

  • updates to the campus master plan for approval by the Board of Regents.


A copy of the current approved campus master plan is on file in the Office of the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration/COO/CFO, and the Planning and Campus Development Department.