Academic Component

Photo: Professor Moises Gonzales and students reviewing models created during the iTown Design Studio, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, 2012.


The Academic Component involves faculty and students in coursework that combines indigenous theory with design studio-based education. All coursework taken with iD+Pi applies toward student's respective degree program at UNM and/or other universities. Indigenous Town (iTown) Studios and seminar courses are offered year-around. All classes that are supported and sponsored by iD+Pi allow students to travel and work on site with the indigenous/tribal communities. Visiting scholars, distinguished lectureship and student exchange programs are being planned and will expand the learning opportunities of the program. Its long-term goal is two-fold: to establish an doctoral program in Indigenous Planning and Design, and to offer an online Tribal Planning certificate program.