Project File: Renovation highlights global culture

Oct. 1, 2001
United World College, Montezuma, N.M.

One of America's most endangered historical places, Montezuma Castle, is located in Montezuma, N.M., 60 miles from Santa Fe. The castle has been renovated recently and will house United World College's Bartos Institute for Constructive Engagement of Conflict. The Castle, once the most exclusive way to experience the American West, was structurally unsound in the last part of the 20th century.

United World College (UWC) brings together high-school students from around the world to learn about global cultures and international issues. Fifty American students and 150 students from nearly 80 other countries are enrolled at UWC for the college's International Baccalaureate program. The students' ages range from 16 to 19, and before being admitted, prospective students must pass through a rigorous academic screening process by selection committees in their native countries.

UWC has 10 campuses all over the world, in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Venezuela, Wales and the United States. Students receive scholarships for a pre-university program of education, volunteerism and cultural exchange, providing a strong emphasis on service and global change with a rigorous academic environment.

Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering (Albany, N.Y.) led the renovation.

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