In a surprise announcement, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said on June 24, 2021 “Antoine Predock Day ”- honoring the work of an internationally renowned architect, Antoine Predock. The statement came at an event hosted by the UNM School of Architecture and Planning celebrating Predock’s 85th birthday.
Predock’s legacy at UNM began over 60 years ago, and he remains a strong supporter of the School of Architecture and Town Planning (SA + P). In 2017, SA + P announced the creation of the Predock Design and Research Center in the former residence and professional center of Predock in the city center. The anniversary celebration took place on the site, which also features his work and archives. The center, still under renovation, will eventually house a design studio, a workshop and gallery spaces.
“UNM is a place of discovery and intellectual growth, created in part by community professionals like Antoine Predock who ensure that our students have stimulating pathways to development,” said UNM Provost and vice – Executive Chairman of Academic Affairs, James Holloway, who attended the event. . “Academia doesn’t exist in a bubble, and it’s always exciting to be able to present these moments of overlap between community and campus – the city of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico. “
“A force in the world of architecture, we are fortunate to have Antoine involved in the school and to help create meaningful opportunities for our students,” said Robert Alexander González, Dean of the School of architecture and town planning of the UNM. “The Predock Center continues to be a space where students can collaborate and seek inspiration, just like George Pearl Hall, which he designed and which remains a staple of the campus.
Predock has received the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Lifetime Achievement Award, and his design portfolio includes museums, residences, hotels, offices, art centers and entertainment, sports, educational and research facilities around the world.
His projects on the UNM campus include the Cornell Parking Structure, the original UNM Law School building, and the George Pearl Hall, which houses the SA + P. Predock also designed the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts in Ruidoso, the first phase of the La Luz houses on the West Side and the Rio Grande Nature Center.
Originally from Lebanon, Missouri, Predock previously said he considered Albuquerque to be his spiritual home. The mayor’s statement noted how Predock continues to contribute to the education and development of students and young architects, supporting the imagination and ingenuity of future generations.
Click here to hear Antoine Predock in his own words, through a video previously produced by the UNM Foundation.