Francisco Uviña-Contreras

    Research Lecturer III, Community and Regional Planning
    Director, Historic Preservation and Regionalism Certificate

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Francisco Uviña-Contreras serves as Interim Director for the Historic Preservation and Regionalism Graduate Certificate Program at the School of Architecture and Planning at UNM. His research focuses on historical preservation and restoration as well as traditional building methods. 

Uviña-Contreras worked as the Architectural/Technical Manager for the nonprofit organizationCornerstones Community Partnerships from 1994 to 2008 to assist with field assessments, documentation of historic buildings, adaptive re-use design and new design work utilizing traditional building methods. In 1996, he served as the only North American representative to participate in an international five-week training program in Perú in the restoration, conservation and new design of earthen buildings. His involvement in the project was made possible through a  program sponsored by CRATerre in France, The Getty Conservation Institute in the US, and the International Center for the Study of the Preservation & Restoration of Cultural Properties (ICCROM) in Italy. In 1999, he was invited to teach the same five-week Latin American program in Perú. Uviña-Contreras is the co-author and illustrator of Cornerstones’ Adobe Architecture, A Conservation Handbook. Since 2009 he has taught architecture undergraduate and graduate design studios, preservation courses, as well as planning courses and studios at UNM. 


  • M.Arch, University of New Mexico (1994)

Research Areas

  • Historic Preservation and Restoration
  • Latin American Architecture
  • Traditional Building Methods

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Southwest

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • CRP 486/586 Planning Issues in Chicano Communities
  • CRP 470/570 Alternative Materials and Construction