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March 26, 2010

New Members Welcomed into the Dean’s Council for Design and Planning Excellence

Van Gilbert, president of the Dean’s Council for Design and Planning Excellence, recently welcomed new members into the council, a membership-based external advisory group in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning.

Jon Anderson, a UNM alumnus from the class of 1973, Jon Anderson Architecture specializes in innovative residential and commercial design projects.

Founded in 1991, Jon Anderson Architecture has won numerous design awards from the American Institute of Architects. The work has been featured in architectural books and periodicals internationally. Anderson has 36 years of experience in his firm and maintains design responsibility on a multitude of projects locally and nationally.

Edie Cherry and Jim See of Cherry/See/Reames Architects, specialize in public sector projects such as schools – Coronado Elementary School and Bandelier Elementary School’s mini-gym – community centers – such as Mountain View – and multiple state agencies including New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial at Phil Chacon Park, and rehabbing the old terminal at the Sunport. All these projects are award winners.  

Cherry is an emeritus faculty member; See is an alumnus from the class of 1969.  

Also welcomed into the council was Kerry Abbott of Daylighting Solutions. Daylighting Solutions provides a wide array of natural and environmental building lighting methods for new and existing development. Among Daylighting’s projects is the curved dome that brings natural light into the entrance to the UNM Mechanical Training Center; Telshor Cinemas, Las Cruces, which features backlit wall panels in the marquee in combination with special lighting on the building; and the geo-roof skylight that graces the atrium at the entrance of El Paso Catholic Church, El Paso, Texas.


The University of New Mexico is the state's largest university, serving more than 32,000 students. UNM is home to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy and architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that benefits the state and the nation.