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 in 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 and chaired both the Regional Transit District and Metropolitan Transportation boards. His current council term ends November 2015.
Councilor Benton came to Albuquerque in 1976 as a VISTA volunteer at UNM’s Design and Planning Assistance Center and has always resided within the historic center of the city. He enjoys District 2’s uniqueness, diverse cultures, history, and centralized location with easy access public transit.
Isaac considers the district to have an attractive character of well-built older houses and apartments, mature parks and landscape, and walkable neighborhoods convenient to commerce and services. He believes that this character should be protected and enhanced, and that it should remain affordable to persons of low and medium incomes.
Councilor Benton is a licensed New Mexico architect and building contractor. Between 1991 and 2009, he operated his own architecture practice with a focus on libraries, senior and community centers, schools, and housing, always using sustainable design and public participation in the design process. He is a LEED (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) certified designer and has served as President of American Institute of Architects of New Mexico. He is also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Isaac volunteers with UNM’s Architecture program and was a Big Brother for eight years. He is married and has a daughter who is a planner and a son who is a student. He enjoys listening to live music, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and hiking in the Bosque, foothills and mountains of Albuquerque.