Merge’s co-founder Carlos Murrieta had an inspiring week traveling with ASU Masters of Architecture students. From exploring renowned works like Michael Heizer’s ‘Double Negative’ to analyzing Nancy Holt’s ‘Sun Tunnels,’ this journey was all about architectural immersion. They also visited the Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City, the vibrant ‘Seven Magic Mountains’ art installation by Ugo Rondinone, and the Red Rock National Conservation Area. Las Vegas offered a glimpse of the colossal Las Vegas Sphere and the mesmerizing ‘Akhob’ by James Turrell.

The adventure continued with visits to the Lowell Observatory, Robert Smithson’s ‘Spiral Jetty,’ and the fascinating Wupatki National Monument, where ASU students explored ancient connections with the Mayans. The journey also took them to Sedona’s ‘Chapel of the Holy Cross,’ Montezuma Castle National Monument, and the visionary Arcosanti by Paolo Soleri.

Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels. Wendover, UT.

Natural History Museum of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT.

Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains. Las Vegas, NV.

James Turrell’s Akhob. Las Vegas, NV (right).

The Sphere. Las Vegas, NV.

Wupatki National Monument. Flagstaff, AZ.

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, AZ.

Montezuma Castle, Camp Verde, AZ.

Arcosanti, AZ.