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Robert L. Torres and Associates Architectural Drawings and Plans

Identifier: SWA-Torres-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Robert L. Torres collection is comprised of nearly 1300 drawings and plans for projects such as the New Mexico State Penitentiary, New Mexico State Hospital, Martineztown Rehabilitation, and New Mexico Commission for the Blind, in addition to several residences, schools, and churches. Primarily representing Albuquerque, all drawings are known to be of sites in New Mexico.


  • 1966-1991


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Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research; however access to drawings of the New Mexico State Penitentiary (Santa Fe) and New Mexico State Hospital (Las Vegas) requires authorization from the appropriate governing state agency.

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

After receiving his training in architecture from the University of Texas, Robert L. Torres relocated to Albuquerque, working for Lawrence A. Garcia & Associates before starting his own firm in 1968. The firm Robert L. Torres and Associates designed many public and community projects throughout New Mexico including public and parochial schools, childcare centers, the New Mexico State Hospital, University of New Mexico Married Student Housing, and the Martineztown Urban Renewal Project. Torres was appointed by Governor Jerry Apodaca to the General Construction Board of New Mexico in 1976, Regional Housing Authority in 1977, and Chairman of the New Mexico Construction Industries Advisory Board in 1978. A member of the Environmental Planning Commission for the City of Albuquerque, Torres won the National Award for Energy Innovation in 1984 for his energy-saving earth-sheltered design for the Sunland Park Elementary School in Albuquerque. Torres was also an active member of the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and served as Chairman of the AHCC Discovery 1992 Committee. Torres became a certified planner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1997.


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The Robert L. Torres Collection includes drawings and plans for several residences, schools, and churches in New Mexico.

Related Archival Material

Robert L. Torres and Associates Job Files and Other Material, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the Robert L. Torres and Associates Architectural Drawings and Plans, 1966-1991
Cristina R. Miller
© 2016
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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