About District 2 Councilor Isaac Benton
Email Councilor Isaac Benton: [email protected]
Committee Appointments for 2014
- Land Use, Planning & Zoning Committee, Chair
- Intergovernmental / Legislative Relations
- Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Commission
- Mid Region Council of Governments / Metropolitan Transportation Board
- Regional (Rio Metro) Transit District
- Alvarado Transportation Center Project Task Force
- Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Internal Operations
- Economic Development Action Account
- Railyards Advisory Board
Councilor Isaac Benton served as President of the Council for 2008-2009. He has served on both the Finance & Government Operations Committee and on the Land Use, Planning & Zoning Committee, which he has chaired several times. He has also served on the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Board. His current council term ends November 2015.
Councilor Benton came into Albuquerque in 1976 and has since resided within the current District 2. He loves the district's uniqueness such as the diverse cultures, history, and centralized location near public transit.
He considers it to generally have a desirable character of well-built older houses and apartments, mature parks and landscape, and walkable neighborhood commercial services. He believes that this character should be protected and enhanced, and that it must remain available to persons of low and medium incomes.
Councilor Benton is a licensed New Mexico architect and contractor. In 1991, he began his own architecture practice that focuses on libraries, senior and community centers, schools, and housing, using sustainable design and public participation in the design process. He is also a LEED (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) certified designer and has served as President of American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Mexico. Councilor Benton is a member of the Urban Design Forum, Public Library Association, the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, the United States Green Building Council, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He volunteers with UNM’s Architecture program and the Design and Planning Assistance Center and was a Big Brother for eight years. He is married and has a stepdaughter who is a community planner and a stepson who is a student. He enjoys listening to live music, bicycling, and hiking in the Bosque, foothills and mountains of Albuquerque.