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Situated on 140 acres, the IAIA campus overlooks some of the most inspirational land in Santa Fe. The IAIA campus is like none other, with 360-degree views, mountains in the four directions, bike and walking trails, and incredible sunsets.  Download and view the IAIA Campus Map.

IAIA Campus Map

IAIA Campus Map

Academic Building

The Academic Building is the hub for student success. From its classrooms to faculty offices and studios for ceramic, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography (digital and analog dark room), and jewelry spaces are available.

Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building

The Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building contains high quality equipment to enhance woodworking, welding, forging, casting, ceramics, and large scale metal, stone and glass sculpture.


The IAIA Auditorium seats 249 people and features a lobby and reception area, digital projection system, sound system, laptop connection, wireless microphone, and high-speed Internet.

Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery

The Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, located in the Academic Building, features exhibitions, primarily by students—run by students, to feature students. In staying true to its original mission, the gallery doubles as a teaching space for IAIA students to learn all things related to exhibition practice and a space to showcase the artistic nature of the IAIA community.

Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology Building

Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology building houses advanced digital technologies including a multi-media digital dome, a collections for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MoCNA), a conservation teaching lab to provide students with hands-on training in collections care and conservation, and a science lab. It also houses a gallery and viewing room that is open daily, allowing visitors to see the art collection. The Barbara and Robert Ells Science and Technology building is Gold LEED Certified.


Currently operated by Bon Appétit, their “Farm to Fork” philosophy includes house-made pastries and fresh local fruits traditional Native dishes, daily entrée specials, and nutritious vegetarian and vegan options, plus a salad bar abundant with local, sustainable produce and toppings, freshly prepared sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups and local beverages, during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Center for Lifelong Education Conference Center

The Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) conference center holds the designation as the first Gold LEED Certified building to be built at a tribal college. Besides providing office space for staff, the building contains several conference rooms, offices for student life, and a cafeteria for the campus.

Dance Circle

The Dance Circle is the heart of campus. Powwows, graduation, and other important events are regularly held in the space. Ideal for weddings and corporate events, the outdoor dance space is situated in the very center of IAIA campus with a mountain view in all four directions. Other amenities include an outdoor cooking and barbecue pit and a stadium courtyard on two sides.

Digital Dome

The IAIA Digital Dome is a unique space to learn new applications for creative expression, scientific and technical exploration, and the merging of art and technology. It is also unique in the world as the only articulating dome which can move 90 degrees and be positioned in multiple locations for different viewing experiences. IAIA has joined the International Full Dome Consortium to link the programming and knowledge formation with others across the country and the world experimenting in ways in this immersive environment.

Family Housing

There are 24 Family Housing apartments on campus, each with two bedrooms, a living room with a kitchenette, and a bathroom. Apartments may be rented furnished or unfurnished.

Green House

The Green House and gardens are part of the IAIA Land-Grant program. IAIA provides agricultural, educational, and technical assistance to New Mexico’s 22 Native American communities, IAIA students, staff, and faculty, and the surrounding New Mexico communities and research programs.

Hogan and Cultural Center

The Hogan and Cultural Center is based on the architecture of a traditional Navajo dwelling called a Hogan. The Hogan is two stories and accommodates up to 90 people. The space has heating and air conditioning and includes a full kitchen, wood burning stove, and skylights. It is the perfect setting for workshops, weddings, or team-building events.


The Library houses many resources for students including over 45,000 print titles, over 250,000 ebook titles, 240 print journals, over 30,000 ejournals, tribal newspapers, and online databases including Ethnic NewsWatch, JSTOR, ARTstor, Art and Architecture Source, and Anthrosource. Our print collection includes exhibition catalogs, comics and graphic novels, and Indigenous voices in creative writing and history.

Library and Technology Center

The Library and Technology Center (LTC) is a state-of-the-art building that features an auditorium and lecture hall with an audience capacity of 260 people and a full screen theater. Smart classrooms are equipped with the latest graphics software and computers. Additional classroom space includes capacities of twenty to forty-five participants.

Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center

The Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center is designed to demonstrate IAIA’s commitment to sustainable design. The Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center provides office space for various critical departments within IAIA like Human Resources, Institutional Advancement, Information Technology, Finance, Sponsored Programs, Marketing and Communications, and the President’s Office.

Performing Arts and Fitness Center

In 2018, IAIA completed the construction of a state-of-the-art Performing Arts, Gym, and Fitness Center (PAFC). The Performing Arts facilities include a Strand technology black box theater, dance studio, rehearsal hall, costume and design shop, a green room, access to pianos and percussion, and an outdoor performance space with natural magnified acoustics. The Fitness Center offers exercise equipment, classes, and open hours that provide all students, faculty, and staff with an on-campus facility to get in shape, and stay in shape. Classes include conditioning, yoga, weight-training, archery, Zumba™, indoor cycling, disc golf, and cross-country running. The schedule changes semester by semester, so be sure to check the current schedule to find your favorite activity, or to try something new.

Additionally, the JoAnn and Bob Balzer Alumni Gallery is located near the front entrance lobby and includes notable works from IAIA Alumni.

Residence Center

Located adjacent to the Center for Lifelong Education Conference Center, the Residence Center is the heart of the campus, providing students a convenient, comfortable, and safe place to live and flourish during their educational journey at IAIA. The Residence Center is a two-story, traditional-style dormitory. Each of the 77 rooms accommodates two students and has a private bath. Each floor has a kitchen and a large common area for watching television, playing games, relaxing, and holding meetings, or study groups. A laundry room is also available on each floor.

Student Union Building

A casual meeting space for IAIA students to meet, relax, and enjoy. Also the home of the IAIA Associated Student Government Offices (ASG).

Sweat Lodges

Traditional spaces for the IAIA community to participate in monthly Purification Ceremonies.