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Paul Lusk Papers

Identifier: MSS-743-BC

Scope and Content

The Paul Lusk collection contains articles, notes, draft and final reports, correspondence, publications and maps relating to the planning, growth, and management of Albuquerque, New Mexico and surrounding areas. Materials compiled reflect Lusk's years as principal planner for the City, as well as his continued professional interest in the subject thereafter. Included are planning documents and background research for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, comprehensive plans, sector development plans and neighborhood development plans. Topics such as open space, downtown development, trails and bikeways, public transportation, growth management, land use and flood control are covered. Other materials relate to analysis of economic conditions, population, and environmental aspects of growth. Also included are research materials reflecting planning and growth management of other cities.

Some material is from classes taught by Lusk at the University of New Mexico, most notably about buildings at the D. H. Lawrence Ranch near Taos, including documents and slides pertaining to cabin remodel, solar construction, and water assessment. A small amount of material relates to his work on a master plan for the University of New Mexico.


  • 1956-1998


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Paul Lusk's architectural career began in Colorado in 1958. From 1962-1963, as a planning team member, he assisted with the development and publication of the Master Plan for the City of Boston. From 1963-1965, he worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on neighborhood planning. Lusk was Chief Project Architect for Charlestown Urban Renewal, in Boston, Massachusetts, 1965-1968, where he developed plans for housing, parks, recreation areas and streets.

Establishing an architectural practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1968, Lusk also served as principal planner for the City of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County,1969-1977. He supervised the Comprehensive Planning Division, initiating and developing multiple projects including plans for open space, flood control, access and utility systems, transportation systems, and a city/county comprehensive plan.

As associate professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, 1975-2002, Lusk taught extensively. Course topics included architecture, urban design, ecological design, regional, urban and rural planning, environmental design, appropriate technology, solar design, building construction workshop, and foundations of physical planning.

Lusk explored independent projects in solar building, and site design, innovative subdivision and water conservation design, intensive agricultural production and urban, village and neighborhood planning.


9 boxes (8.5 cu. ft.) + 1 oversize folder


The Paul Lusk papers relate to Albuquerque city, neighborhood, and transportation planning, including socioeconomic analysis and growth management, 1956-1998. The collection illuminates Lusk's career as a city planner and professor of architecture and planning.


Arranged in seven series:
  1. Neighborhood and City Planning
  2. Transportation
  3. D.H. Lawrence Ranch
  4. Growth Management
  5. Economic and Socioeconomic Planning
  6. Solar energy
  7. Oversize Maps, Plats, Drawings
Within series, materials are organized chronologically.

Related Archival Material

Center for Regional Studies and the Center for Southwest Research Fellows presentation, Ellen Evans-Colburn.

New Mexico Solar Energy Association Records Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Maps have been transferred to the Map and Geographic Information Center, Centennial Science and Engineering Library:

See List of Maps after the Container List.

Architectural drawings of Mosque Dar Al-Islam, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1980, have been transferred to the John Gaw Meem Architectural Archives of Southwestern Architecture, Center for Southwest Research.

The Albuquerque and Bernalillo County planning documents have been transferred to CSWR or general book collections:

See List of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Planning Documents after Container List

Publications relating to energy have been transferred to the University Libraries general collections:

See List of Publications Relating to Energy after Container LIst

Maps Transferred to Map and Geographic Information Center

Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Planning Documents Transferred to CSWR or University Libraries General Book Collection

Pubications Relating to Energy Transferred to University Libraries General Book Collection

  • 1978 Sun Catalog. Solar Usage Now, 1978.
  • 1983 International Daylighting Conference. Vonier, Thomas. Publications Fulfillment
  • 8th National Passive Solar Conference. Hayes, John and Andrejko, D.A. American Solar Energy Society, Inc., 1983
  • A Simple Design Tool for Sizing Solar Ponds. Edesess, M. et. al. Solar Energy Research Institute, December 1979
  • ACSA News. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Inc. October/November 1981
  • AIA Journal. The American Institute of Architects, 12/79, 1/80, 3/80
  • Analysis Methods for Solar Heating and Cooling Applications. The Solar Energy Research Institute, September 1979
  • Architectural Lighting. Cassandra Publishing Corp., 2/87, 11/87.
  • Architecture & Planning. The Office of Public Affairs at UCLA. Spring 1980
  • Arizona Highways. Arizona Dept. of Transportation, August 1975
  • Ases News. American Solar Energy Society, Fall 1983
  • Automation in Housing & Systems Building News. CMN Publications Div., March/April 1979
  • Beam Quality and Tracking Accuracy Evaluation of Second-Generation and Barstow Production Heliostats. King, David L. Sandia National Laboratories, 1982
  • Campus News. University of NM, 7/17/81, 2/5/81, 4/2/81, 2/16/84, 2/19/81, 3/3/83, 8/27/81, 9/10/81, 2/7/80, 10/9/81
  • Center for Building Science News. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Summer 1994
  • Construction Specifier. Construction Specifications Institute, November 1977
  • Daily Lobo. University of New Mexico, October 8, 1981
  • Denmark Review. Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1983
  • Design + Energy. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Inc., 1981-1983
  • Energy & Alternatives. Solar Utilities Negotiations, Winter 1979
  • Energy and Buildings. Griffith, J.W. and Yellott, J. I. Elsevier Sequoia, 1984
  • Energy Auditor & Retrofitter. Energy Auditor & Retrofitter, Inc., May/June 1987
  • Energy Basis For Man and Nature. Odum, Howard T. and Elisabeth C. McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1976
  • Energy Conserving Site Design: Greenbrier Case Study, Chesapeake, VA. Greenbrier Associates, 1980
  • Energy Consumer. Dept. of Energy, August/September 1979
  • Energy Explosion. Butler, S.T. and Raymond, R. Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1976
  • Energy Graphics: A new approach to energy-conscious design. Hart, Kimball et. al. Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc.
  • Energy Management Action Course. Electrification Council, 1978
  • Energy News, Summer. 1983
  • Energy Production and Consumption Patterns and Impact of Solar Energy in New Mexico: A History and Forecast to the Year 2000. Lumsdaine, Edward, New Mexico Solar Energy Institute, 1978
  • Energy Programming: Saving Energy through Design. Bickle, Larry W. Bickle/CM, 1979
  • Energy Source. New Mexico Energy Institute (UNM), Jan. 1980, March 1982
  • Energy-Efficient Planning: An annotated bibliography. Gil, Efraim. American Society of Planning Officials, 1976
  • Environmental Action. Environmental Action, Inc, Oct. 1978, May 1979
  • First Passive Solar Catalog. Bainbridge, David A. Passive Solar Institute, 1978
  • First Passive Solar Home Awards. Franklin Research Center, January 1979
  • Highlights of the Solar Total Energy Technology Symposium, July 10-11, 1975. Aerospace Corp., 1975
  • Integrated Community Energy Systems Engineering Analysis and Design Bibliography. Calm, J.M. Argonne National Laboratory, May 1979
  • Kaiser News. Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, 1970
  • Lamp. Standard Oil Company, Spring 1972
  • Mechanix Illustrated. Fawcett Publications, Inc., November 1975
  • Micro-Level Land Use Impacts of Bioconversion. Parsons, Virginia Kay Barber. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1980
  • National Energy Plan. United States. Energy Policy and Planning, 1977
  • Natural Resources Journal. January 1980
  • New Mexico Architecture. Stanley Structures, Nov./Dec. 1981
  • New Mexico Home Solar. New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept., 1994
  • New Mexico Independent. June 24, 1977, Oct. 14, 1977
  • New Mexico Magazine. NM Dept. of Development, March 1976
  • Passive Design Ideas for the Energy Conscious Architect. National Solar Heating and Cooling Information Center.
  • Passive Solar Heating and Cooling. Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Solar Energy Group, May 18-19, 1976
  • Passive Systems Division News. Passive Systems Divisions of the American Solar Energy Society, Inc., Summer 1983 Person Station. PNM
  • Proceedings: 3rd annual conference Solar Energy for Heating Greenhouses and Greenhouse/Residence Combinations. Solar Energy Applications Laboratory, Colorado State University, 1978
  • Proceedings: Second Annual Conference on Absorber Surfaces for Solar Receivers. Solar Energy Research Institute, 1979
  • Progressive Architecture. Reinhold Publishing Corporation, November 1962, July 1973
  • Project Journal: Teaching Passive Design in Architecture. Prowler, Donald. University of Pennsylvania, November 1981
  • Renewable Energy for the World's Poor. Ashworth, John. Solar Energy Research Institute, October 1979
  • Residential Energy from the Sun. U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, October 1975
  • Save Energy: Save Money! Community Services Admin., December 1974
  • Schematic Design Program. CM Solar Energy Research Institute, Bickle/CM, 1979
  • Second Generation Heliostat Conference. Albuquerque, NM, 1981
  • Simplified Energy Design Economics. Marshall, H.E. and Ruegg, R.T. National Bureau of Standards Special Publication 544, 1980
  • Solar Age. SolarVision, Inc., March 1976, Aug. 1980, Sept 1983
  • Solar Collector Test Facility. Ernst, L.N. Sandia Laboratories, 1975
  • Solar Cost Reduction Through Technical Improvements. Krawiec, Frank and Flaim, Theresa. Solar Energy Research Institute, October 1979
  • Solar Dwelling Design Concepts. AIA Research Corporation, May 1976
  • Solar Engineering. Solar Engineering Publishers, Inc., April 1976
  • Solar Flair. NM Dept. of Development, 1975
  • Solar Renter's Handbook. Southwest Research and Information Center, 1977
  • Solar Self-Help Book. NM Energy Show, Southwest Research and Information Center, 1978
  • Solar Solution. NM Solar Energy Industry Association, Feb. 1993, May/June 1993
  • Solarwork. Governor's Office of Appropriate Technology, July 1979
  • Starting a Local Conservation and Passive Solar Retrofit Program. Barber, V. and Mathews, R. National Technical Information Service, February 1982
  • Sun Up to Sun Down: Understanding Solar Energy. Buckley, Shawn. McGraw-Hill, 1979
  • Sunpaper. NM Solar Energy Association, September 1983
  • Sunwest. Lane Publishing Company, November 1976
  • The OffShore Search For Oil and Gas. Exxon Corp., September 1980
  • Toward Economy in Electric Power. Mitchell, E. J. and Chaffetz, P.R American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, December 1975
  • World Energy. Exxon Corp., December 1979


Finding Aid of the Paul Lusk Papers, 1956-1998
Processed by Ellen Evans-Colburn
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131