The University Landscape Architect

The University Landscape Architect reviews the planning and development of exterior spaces and physical environments of the campuses and other properties of the University of New Mexico. The Landscape Architect plays a major role in the review of conceptual and schematic designs, construction documents and specifications, conformance to master plans and sustainability standards, cost estimates, and quality management for landscape projects and works closely with  FM Grounds and Landscaping. Landscape areas on all UNM properties are under the purview of the University Landscape Architect.

Landscape History

Landscape has been a part of the campus since the University was founded.  The story is often told about President Tight and students transplanting trees from the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley to the campus, most notably in Tight Grove at the north east corner of University Blvd. and Central Ave.

UNM Campus Landscape History Tour

This self-guided tour brochure provides a brief history of the unique UNM Campus landscape. Each stop along the tour includes a short history outlining defining characteristics that make this campus unique. Visitors can download the pdf to their mobile device or print. The tour begins south of the Duck Pond, and just east of Mitchell Hall.

A Guide to Campus Landscapes

Campus Arboretum


The UNM Campus was designated an Arboretum in 1994.  Plant ID plaques and self-guided tour brochures were developed. Since that time hundreds of students, faculty, staff and visitors have enjoyed this very special amenity. These brochures and plant ID plaques are being updated to reflect changes in the campus landscape.

Four self-guided tour brochures are in development. These tours will be available at the four tour ‘start’ locations, Parking & Transportation, Hodgin Hall, The Maxwell Museum and the HSC Library and Informatics Center.