School Zone Institute Student Gallery Exhibition and UNM Campus Tour

The School Zone Institute is presenting a gallery exhibition of projects from students at Mark Twain Elementary School at the UNM School of Architecture + Planning. Over the past semester, the students have had ten architectural/engineering lessons under the mentorship of professional architects. They have used science, technology, engineering, architecture, art, math, and English language arts concepts and skills to design, draw, and build various projects. The exhibit event will close with an optional walking tour of the UNM campus.

When: Sunday, May 21, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: University of New Mexico at the School of Architecture + Planning

Please see the Invitation and Parking map link below for detailed information and directions to the event.

Invitation and Parking Map (pdf, 267kb)

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An Evening With Lise Watkins

Join us this Thursday, April 20th for an evening with Albuquerque The Magazine Creative Director, Lise Watkins.

When: April 20th, starting at 5:30 pm

Where: Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Cost: FREE for WiD:NM Members and $10 for non-members

RSVP and reserve your ticket HERE!

Lise Watkins has always followed a nontraditional path. Lise was born in the center of Death Valley, in the middle of the summer, in the back of a car. She is a self-taught graphic designer, photographer and the current Creative Director at Albuquerque the Magazine.  She is native to Nevada but spent many years in San Francisco finding her love of design and marketing. After 6 years, her love of the desert brought her to New Mexico. She spends all her spare time (and some time that’s not so spare) obsessively renovating the little cinderblock bungalow she shares with her husband, daughter, cat, and 3 dogs.


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2017 WiD:NM Board Election Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever Board Elections for Women in Design:NM

We would like to welcome Jillian Baloy, Christine Williams, and Shiree McKenzie to the Board, and Noreen Kramme as the new Chair. We look forward to working with you!

We also want to thank Keri Stevenson for participating in the elections and we look forward to her future involvement in our PR Committee.

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From the Seeds of Failure


For the 3rd year now WiD:NM and KIIC are coming together to host a Creative Salon that has been a  part of Women & Creativity, a month-long series of events held every March.

Historically, a salon is an event where a gathering of people come together under the roof of an inspiring host. The gathering is held partly to amuse one another and partly to cultivate the knowledge of the participants through conversation. This year we want to encourage the success of our creative community by tackling the stigma we naturally associate with the concept of failure. To be successful is to be resilient, and to be resilient is to learn to see failures as opportunities. We are asking our friends to unapologetically share their failures with us, and instead of celebrating our success stories, we want to celebrate our failures!

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Job Opportunities – Kirkpatrick & Associates, Inc.

Interior Designer/Sales Professional

Designer Warehouse, a local retailer of trending Home Décor and Furniture is adding the Norwalk Furniture Gallery to our showroom. We are expanding our staff and looking for an enthusiastic, fashion forward, creative sales professional with an interior design background. The ideal candidate will have a great sense of style, an eye for detail, a strong work ethic, and great interpersonal skills. We offer a vast design library and great industry resources.


  • Greet customers and build rapport
  • Discuss customer’s needs and make product recommendations
  • Stay current with industry trends and manufacture introductions
  • Fabric, lighting, and wallcovering selections,
  • Prepare purchase orders and follow up on orders and client requests
  • Create and rotate showroom displays
  • Jobsite visits
  • Additional design responsibilities dependent upon qualifications.


  • Degree in Interior Design from a CIDA accredited Interior Design program preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in Interior Design and/or furniture sales
  • Good listening skills along with excellent oral and written communication skills required
  • AutoCAD proficiency preferred
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Accuracy, with strong organizational and efficiency skills required
  • Effective people management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Impeccable professionalism and trustworthiness
  • Commitment to deadlines

If you meet these qualifications and would like to join our team, please send cover letter, resume digital portfolio (if available) and references to


Senior Interior Designer

Kirkpatrick & Associates, Inc., a National Hospitality Interior Design and Procurement Firm known for design excellence is seeking a talented, Senior Interior Designer to join our Albuquerque, NM team.

Ideal candidate will be dynamic, have a strong sense of color and fashion, and will work well in a creative team environment. Travel to project jobsites, furniture markets, and trade shows is part of the designer’s responsibilities. We offer a competitive salary, employer-paid health insurance, sick days, and annual bonus.


  • Participate in project design development with Kirkpatrick & Associates team
  • Create detailed working drawings and digital color boards to support design concepts, lighting design, furniture layouts, carpet design, and finish placements
  • Coordinate and document material selections, finish plans, and FF&E selections and specifications required for Brand approval and project construction
  • Review drawings for code compliance as it relates to ADA and Life Safety.
  • Work with product reps, fabricators, manufacturers, and contractors to meet project objectives
  • Visit project sites to work with contractors and FF&E installers


  • Degree in Interior Architecture or Interior Design from a CIDA accredited Interior Design program.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in an Interior Design or Architecture firm
  • NCIDQ certification is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written business communication skills
  • Computer skills to include AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Photoshop
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Project PowerPoint)
  • Ability to create high-end, creative interior detailing
  • Accuracy, organization and efficiency
  • Effective people management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Impeccable Professionalism and Trustworthiness
  • Commitment to deadlines

If you meet these qualifications, please send: cover letter; digital portfolio; resume; and references to

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WiD:NM Call to Action!

Whatever our collective politics, whatever our personal beliefs, the Women’s March events around the country and around the world this weekend have convinced WiD:NM that it is time for our own Call to Action. We as American citizens have a responsibility to participate in our government and shape what we want it to be for ourselves, our families, and those that are different than us that call this place home too. As members of WiD:NM or attendees of our events, you have already demonstrated a desire to be a part of an organization that works to help others – women, children, or our community at large – through education, networking, and philanthropy. We as an organization have been working for four years and counting to build up a community of women, to make them more confident and more equipped to go out and make positive change for themselves and others. That is why, while this weekend’s events were extremely politically charged and as a rule we try to stay neutral on political issues, we feel it is still very important for us to promote this Call to Action that is currently bubbling up in our country.

We are reminded of many of WiD:NM’ s events in the past that have inspired us, one being one of our first events, “An Evening with Edie Cherry”,  where a large group of local designers discussed problems women run into in our fields with veteran architect Edie Cherry. At one point, Edie said, just a touch exasperated, “if you don’t like it, change it!” This simple message has stuck with us, because it speaks to the power that each one of us has to single-handedly affect the change we want to see. It also brought to mind our evening at 516 Arts for the Exhibit From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now where we had the intense reminder that we have a remarkable amount of talent in our community, and as designers we have the creative ability to promote positive change. We have proven our capabilities and our power.

The links below are provided as resources for information and action. We realize that the information provided is not without its own inherent biases, and we sincerely hope you are able to look past that. We are not pushing you to believe in anything more than simply this: You have power and we’d like you to use it. WiD:NM will not take a stand on any political issue one way or another but we encourage our individual members to stand up for whatever they believe in. We hope you heed the responsibility of being informed, not just impassioned, about the issues that affect you and your fellow humans, and then do something with that information.

We also encourage healthy, respectful discourse so if this letter made you want to speak out, please feel free to comment!

Here are some resources for you that take a neutral stance or that provide information from all sides:

Countable  It’s an app that “gives you a simple and concise overview of the bills your national representatives are debating, and it lets you instantly send emails to these representatives, telling them how you would like them to vote.”   “A self-proclaimed ‘nonpartisan’ site that tries to hold politicians accountable. And by providing a wealth of research, it does a fine job.”

Project Vote Smart   “Picture this: thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups.”

C|net  “Whether you’re looking for liberal-leaning posts on the greatness of President Obama or conservative discussions on the problems with the president’s stimulus package, you can find it all in the following sites.”

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February Happy Designer’s Hour with WiD:NM

Join us for lively conversation and drinks!

Where: St. Clair Winery & Bistro

When: Thursday, February 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm

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Members Event: Come in With an Idea and Leave With a 90 Day Plan

WiD:NM Members, join us for another great workshop with Keri Stewart! When more of the same is no longer an option, let’s transition into a proven planning method. Great ideas left un-captured become forgotten thoughts, and unproductive activities don’t accomplish business goals. This informative, introspective look into what you think about will dramatically improve your productivity immediately. Clarity. Targets. Results.

Where: Bradbury Stamm 

When: Thursday, January 19th from 5:30-7:30 pm

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2016 Holiday Design Competition + Auction Sponsors

Our 3rd Annual Holiday Design Competition + Auction was such a success, we raised just over $5,000 to benefit CLN Kids! Thank you to everyone who attended, had an entry, bid on an item, and bought raffle tickets.

This whole event would not have been possible without the help of our generous Sponsors! Without them we wouldn’t have had the delicious food, drinks, red carpet, or venue! THANK YOU!


Other Sponsors for the evening include CF Group, YES, Tandus Centiva, Latticrete, Steelcase, Business Environments, Rodenbeck, Avonite Surfaces, Contract Associates, 3-Form, LightArt, Calcaterra, SMPC, Arizona Tile, Armstrong Flooring/ TriWest, and Vigil and Associates.

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2016 Holiday Design Competition Entries

We had some incredible entries for our 3rd Annual Holiday Design Competition + Silent Auction!

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