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Hal Dean Drawings and Plans

Identifier: SWA-Dean-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Hal Dean Drawings and Plans collection is organized according to the job numbers assigned by Dean’s firm, which are in chronological order. Plans without a job number are filed by date. Plans for individual buildings, including later additions and remodels and original plans for a structure which Dean remodeled are filed together under the original, earliest Hal Dean job number. Plans for architects under the Dean firm are also included, as are several non- Hal Dean documents used for study proposes for related Hal Dean projects.

Significant structures represented in the Hal Dean Drawings collection include: University of New Mexico’s “Zimmerman III” library expansion (1973) Albuquerque, New Mexico; the City/County Municipal Office Building (1982) Albuquerque, New Mexico; Temple Lodge no. 6 (1984) Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Scottsdale Mustang Library (1984) Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Hal Dean Drawings and Plans Collection include work created by Dean under the auspices of the firms Dean, Hunt, and Associates; and Dean, Kruger and Associates.


  • 1968-1996

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

Hal Dean was born in Raton, New Mexico in 1935. Dean attended schools in New Mexico and Texas until entering military service in the mid-50s. After a tour in the Marine Corps he attended the University of New Mexico on the G.I. Bill. Upon Graduating from UNM’s Architecture Program with a BA in 1964, Dean interned in Sydney, Perth Australia and in Albuquerque, New Mexico to fulfill the apprenticeship requirements of the architecture profession. After passing the exam for architectural certification, Dean was registered to practice in New Mexico in 1968 and opened his own firm in 1971. Dean remained active in the learning, practicing and teaching of architecture by maintaining an internship program within his practice as well as participating in the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture’s graduate review programs.

Always inclined toward art even in high school, Hal Dean studied architecture believing this profession would retain many of the same sensibilities and skills. As a student of the environment, he continually expanded his awareness of proper land use, natural light, and site orientation, while incorporating regional material, color, and texture. In a summary of the firm’s goals in 1983 Dean writes “We intend to provide superior and resourceful architectural services which are creative and regional."


40 drawers (13.5 lin. ft.)


The Hal Dean Drawings and Plans collection includes drawings and plans primarily for “public use" buildings, which were a specialty of the firms Dean, Hunt, and Associates; and Dean, Kruger and Associates. These structures include libraries, university and secondary schools, health care facilities, office buildings and community centers in addition to many commercial structures.

Related Archival Material

Hal Dean Job Files. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.

Processing Information

Collection processed July 2003, revised February 2007
Finding Aid of the Hal Dean Drawings and Plans, 1968-1996
A. Blecha
© 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

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