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March 5, 2010

UNM’s Morrow to Present on Albuquerque’s Historic Landscapes

Baker Morrow, professor of practice, UNM School of Architecture and Planning, presents, “Albuquerque’s Historic Landscapes,” Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m. at the Museum of Albuquerque, 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. The event is free and open to the public.

Albuquerque’s landscapes have changed dramatically post WWII. Morrow was a “pioneer” behind the 1970’s City Landscape Ordinance. Morrow will give a slide presentation featuring Albuquerque landscapes on street medians, major intersections and the Big-I. 

Morrow, instrumental in establishing the master in landscape architecture program at the University of New Mexico, has had his own firm, Morrow Reardon Wilkinson and Miller, Ltd. since 1973. He pursued landscape architecture after discovering he enjoyed the 3D world and open spaces. “Landscape design is a combination of manmade and natural elements. We proceed with the assumption that vegetation will grow – and it does – which allows us to set up a process and watch it mature. Four or five years later, landscapes develop their own personality. They take off on their own,” he said. Morrow is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects, the first UNM graduate and first native New Mexican to receive this honor.

Morrow has 36 years’ experience as a landscape architect in New Mexico and the region.  He has served as project manager and principal‑in‑charge for more than 3,000 projects. Among his award winning projects are the Journal Center, the New Mexico State Fairgrounds entries, Park Square, Children’s Psychiatric Center at UNM, the Albuquerque Academy, and Yale Boulevard in Albuquerque; and the Holiday Inn, Memorial Medical Center, Artesia Main Street Phases I and II and NMSU Zuhl Library in Las Cruces, NM. 

His firm has also developed plans for many other important New Mexican projects, including East Central Avenue (5.5 miles) in Albuquerque, the Big-I landscape in Albuquerque, Sun Healthcare World Headquarters, Uptown Streetscape, Unser Blvd. Streetscape, Louisiana and I-40 Interchange, I-40 Median and Roadway Landscape Prototypes.

Morrow’s presentation is an offering of the Albuquerque Historical Society, AHS, founded in 1947, welcomes all who are interested in the city’s history to its monthly programs.

For more information, call AHS President Janet Saiers, 299-5019, or email


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