__Professor Miguel Gandert,
an award-winning documentary and fine-art photographer and filmmaker,
is a native of Española, New Mexico and currently lives in Albuquerque,
New Mexico. He received a Masters degree in photography from the
University of New Mexico. Gandert is Distinguished Professor of
Communication and Journalism and director of the Interdisciplinary Film
and Digital Media program at the University of New Mexico where he
teaches courses in photography, multi-media journalism, ethnography,
media theory, and intercultural communications. His recent work
explores the contrast between the Hispanic life in Spain, Latin
America, Old and New Mexico. Gandert, who continues to work primarily
in Black-and-white sees documentary work as both a form of art with a
strong capacity for expression as well as a way of telling stories and
understanding complex cultural relationships? A primary focus of
those stories is Gandert’s mestizaje heritage and the fusion and
tension of the relationship between Spanish Colonial and Native
Cultures of the Americas.
photographs have been shown in galleries and museums throughout the
world and are in numerous public collections including the Museum of
Fine Arts in Boston, the National Museum of American History and Art at
the Smithsonian, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson,
the Beinke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at Yale, and the Museum
of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. His series, Nuevo México Profundo, Rituals of
an Indo-Hispano Homeland, was the subject of a book and one-person
exhibition for the National Hispanic Culture Center of New Mexico, in
2000, and his work was selected for the 1993 Biennial exhibition at the
Whitney Museum of American Art.
__Gandert is committed to
inter-disciplinary work and his collaborated with numerous scholars. He
has worked on numerous projects with Enrique Lamadrid including the
award-winning book Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption, (UNM Press 2003)which won the Chicago Folklore Prize in 2004. His most recent book, The Plazas of New Mexico,
with Chris Wilson is an architectural survey of New Mexico’s public
spaces. He is currently working with Dr. Arturo Madrid on a Hispano
Presbyterian memoir of New Mexico and with Enrique Lamadrid and
Catherine Kurland on an Ethnographic project on Mariachi Plaza in Los
Angeles, as well as a film with Charles Briggs and the Warao Indians of
Venezuela on Indigenous health care inequities.
__In the public art world, Gandert has had numerous public art
installations, including grants from the state of New Mexico, City of
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and most recently a commissioned
photographic mural Alma del Pueblo, for the Federal Courthouse
in Las Cruces, NM. He is currently working on a photographic
mural for the city of Santa Rosa.
received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and Masters in
Architecture from Princeton University. A registered architect in
California, Arizona, Florida and New Mexico, he was born in Athens,
Greece and has lived in Los Angeles since 1973.
experience includes the design of educational, institutional,
commercial and civic buildings, historic rehabilitation, housing, campus
planning, and urban design. From 1973 until 1997, he was Associate
Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California and
has been Visiting Professor at several prestigious schools of
architecture. From 1983 through 1990, he was on the Advisory Board for
the School of Architecture at Princeton University.
__He is a cofounder of the
Congress for the New Urbanism, a national organization reforming
suburban sprawl, and is a member of its Board of Directors. Mr.
Polyzoides is a popular speaker on the subjects of new urbanism,
transit-oriented development, mixed use development, housing, campus
design and sustainability and is a frequent guest at academic symposia.
With his partner, Elizabeth Moule, he founded Moule & Polyzoides,
Architects and Urbanists in 1982. Across the nation and around the
world, Mr. Polyzoides has led architectural and urbanist projects in
New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona,
Guatemala, Mexico, Anguilla, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, among other
experience also includes leadership in the design and planning of
educational institutions and the urban districts associated with their
campuses. He has completed significant projects for Occidental College,
New College of Florida, UCLA, the Claremont Colleges and the
University of Arizona. These projects have addressed the full range of
design issues which colleges and universities face today. The breadth
of this work includes entire campuses, campus precincts, the variety of
building types found within campuses and neighborhoods adjacent to
campuses. This approach draws upon the full range of the firm’s
capabilities, combing a deep knowledge of campus design with a
significant general urbanist practice.
__Mr. Polyzoides’ recent
projects include River North in San Antonio, Texas, an extension of the
Riverwalk, and Master Plans for Downtown Santa Ana, Downtown Paso
Robles and Downtown Whittier, California. He has also completed the East
Downtown Albuquerque Master Plan, as well as numerous Downtown
Specific Plans for mixed-use neighborhoods and districts in Southern
California, including Downtown Ventura and Downtown Newhall.
__He is the coauthor of Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis, The Plazas of New Mexico, and is the author of R.M. Schindler, Architect. His research has produced four distinguished exhibitions and exhibition catalogs: Caltech: 1910–1950, Myron Hunt: 1868–1952, Wallace Neff, and Johnson, Kaufmann & Coate. Stefanos
Polyzoides, with his partner, is a Seaside Prize recipient, the
nation’s most prestigious award in the field of urbanism.
__J. B. Jackson
Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies at the University of New Mexico
(UNM) School of Architecture and Planning in Albuquerque, and founding
director of its Historic Preservation and Regionalism Program, Chris
Wilson, has written widely on architecture, tourism and the politics of
culture in the Southwest. His current focus is on the role of the
on-going reurbanization of the U.S. as a central sustainability
__Southwest. His co-authored book, La Tierra Amarilla: Its History, Architecture and Cultural Landscape (1991),
won the Downing Award from the Society of Architectural Historians,
and has been lauded as a model for cultural landscape studies. Noted
historian Ramon Gutierrez has called Wilson’s The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Traditions (1997),
"... a truly superb book. It deserves a wide and serious reading.
Literary scholars will be inspired by its narrative strategies.
Historians will marvel at its engagement with theory and its rich and
varied uses of archival sources. And bibliophiles and lovers of things
Santa Fean will delight in the book’s wonderful vignettes." If The Myth of Santa Fe deconstructs that quintessential American tourist town, his Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem (2001) sings the virtues of one of its leading citizens and of the regional design tradition he helped to sustain.
__Cultural Landscape Studies. Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies After J. B. Jackson,
co-edited with Paul Groth (2003), provides an assessment of Jackson’s
contribution to the field, approaches to teaching landscape, the
theoretical underpinnings of the field, and exemplary case studies of
20th Century landscapes.
__Reurbanization. As a Clements
Fellow at Southern Methodist University (Fall 2006) and Paul Mellon
Fellow at the Huntington Library (Spring 2007) Wilson initiated research
on his next book, A Field Guide to Cool Neighborhoods, a study of pedestrian neighborhoods in the U. S. before and after the automobile.
__A native of Iowa, Wilson holds degrees from Yale
and New Mexico. He was a free-lance writer and historic
preservationists for fifteen years before becoming the Jackson Chair at
UNM. His wife, Virginia Scharff, is a history professor at UNM, Women
of the West Chair at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, the
author of eight history books, and of four novels, under the pseudonym,