Border Studio: Oñate Crossing

Design concepts and visualization of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Oñate Crossing historic site in El Paso, Texas and associated sites in Cd. Jaurez, Mexico.

Border Studio: Oñate Crossing


  • UArizona Architecture Students in ARC410F/510F
  • Teresa Rosano, Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture

Project Details

Budget: $7,500; funded by University of New Mexico

Where: El Paso, Texas

When: September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022

Project Overview

The El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro’s National Historic Trail’s (ELCA) Oñate Crossing Site historically connected El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México.

Over time elevated highway ramps, roads, parking lots, river channelization and border security have resulted in neglect, abandonment and disconnection of the historic site from communities on both sides of the border.

Students developed new visions for repurposing the site through the design of landscape, border wall strategies, water use, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, design strategies and other aspects of the site with the use of the historical information collected to date.

Students from three universities participated in parallel studios and together visited the site, met with stakeholders and presented their master plans to representatives from the National Park Service and the site’s owner, Abara Borderland Connections. The project will culminate in a publication to include the three universities’ work in 2022.

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