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Walke chosen as NMSU's university architect

New Mexico State University staff member Greg Walke was recently selected as university architect and campus planning officer.

Walke brings nearly 40 years of experience to his new position. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. After working in Oklahoma for many years, he moved to Santa Fe in 1988. While there, Walke partnered in several firms before starting his own practice. For the past seven and a half years, he has been an NMSU employee, serving first as a project manager and then as the assistant university architect and the assistant director of facilities, planning and construction.

"Walke was by far the most qualified candidate, and he also is very familiar with the NMSU campus and New Mexico higher education," said Glen Haubold, associate vice president, Office of Facilities and Services.

Walke's duties as university architect include maintaining NMSU's master plan, along with maintaining its architectural and aesthetic vision. He also will handle historic preservation issues, represent the university in meetings with state agencies and serve on committees for the communities surrounding NMSU.

"I was attracted to the idea of working in an academic setting. There is something very rewarding about working for a cause like education," Walke said. "I like to ask myself, 'What are the best things I can do to support the university?'"

The master plan guides facilities development not only on the main campus, but throughout the state. When maintaining and updating the master plan, Walke must make sure every change or upgrade on campus has a strong justification behind it.

"From my personal perspective, I'd like to see decisions made with good data backing them. I want to make sure that when we change campus facilities, they are in keeping with the university's mission and goals," he said.

Above all, Walke wants to help make NMSU a place where people want to be.

"I am responsible for the campus' physical atmosphere. If people come to NMSU and feel good, like the campus and enjoy it, then they gain a strong sense of place. That's what I would like to see," he said.