Southern Methodist University | Taos, NM
We worked with Southern Methodist University on the expansion and renovation of their unique residential village on the Taos campus. SMU-in-Taos is an extraordinary academic environment that encourages experiential learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. The casitas, small communal residences, extend the collaborative approach to the students’ residential life. The project included the renovation of six existing casitas that received LEED Gold certification and the addition of one new casita. The design of the new structure reflects the University’s commitment to sustainable design and practices; its footprint is small, and the design incorporates water harvesting, energy efficient HVAC systems, improved insulation, natural materials, low flow plumbing fixtures, and native drought-resistant vegetation. The casita renovations and the design of the new casita are part of Phase 1 of the SMU-in-Taos Master Plan, which was completed by our firm in 2008.
Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers; MEP Engineer: M&E Engineering; Landscape Architect: Surroundings; Civil Engineer: Wilson & Company; Photography: Kate Russell