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ABQ+UNM CityLab

CityLab is a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and the UNM School of Achitecture and Planning, where students work on city projects. Projects include innovative ideas in the areas of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning designed by tomorrow's leaders.

ABQ+UNM CityLab

CityLab is a partnership between the City of Albuquerque and UNM where Architecture & Planning students get to work on real city projects.  CityLab provides opportunities to help prepare students for the workforce and provides the City with fresh new ideas.


CityLab began in 2012 when UNM signed an agreement with the City to help cultivate this creative new outlet.  The City is providing space downtown in the historic Sears Building (505 Central) to house students, undergraduate and graduate. These students provide planning and design services for the City and will create innovative and cutting-edge proposals that will move our city forward.

CityLab topics so far:

  • Route 66 projects to revitalize the Mother Road in the areas of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning
  • 2030 District and Innovation District studio (Arch grads only)
  • Innovate ABQ and the Rail Yards redevelopment (Arch undergrads)
  • Stories of Route 66 (NEA grant, w/ CABQ Cultural Services and local partners)
  • Valle del Oro/2nd Street Corridor
  • Innovation District, including Innovate ABQ, a Linear Park and downtown open space network


Up Next:

  • Development and enhancement of our Urban Mainstreet Districts, including the South Valley, Barelas and Downtown
  • Civic Plaza placemaking project (with Downtown Mainstreet and SMG Management)

caption:CityLab student project open house

Learn more

Contact the City Planning Department at [email protected] or (505) 924-3860 or UNM School of Architecture + Planning at [email protected] or (505) 277-6470.

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