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Robert W. Peters Architectural Drawings

Identifier: SWA-Peters-Drawings

Scope and Contents

The Robert W. Peters Architectural Drawings Collection includes projects created by Robert W. Peters, between 1970 -1997. The materials consist of design drawings for proposed and built structures in New Mexico, Florida, and Texas. The buildings represented in the collection range from private residential, commercial, educational, and public work’s projects.


  • 1970 - 1997

Biographical / Historical

Born on March 24, 1935, Robert W. Peters received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 1961 and has since worked as a practicing architect in Illinois and New Mexico. Peters is known for his research and design of passive solar buildings, research on energy conservation practices, and historic preservation planning and design. As a Senior Designer in the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, from 1961 to 1974, his projects included college and university buildings, urban planning and design and interior architecture. Peters also worked on historic preservation projects, including, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House for the University of Chicago and Henry Hobson Richardson’s Glessner House for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. From 1967 to 1977 he served as vice-president of the Board of Directors and Director of Exhibitions for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, curating seventeen exhibitions to further public understanding of the role of architecture and design in the life of the city. During this period, Peters lectured at various universities and his work and writing were featured in multiple publications, including, Progressive Architecture and the Prairie School Review. In 1975, he received an Award of Excellence for his “Prairie Avenue Heritage District Study”, which formed the basis for establishment of the Prairie Avenue Historic District in Chicago, from the journal, Design and Environment. Peters moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1974 where he established a practice and taught Urban Planning at the University of New Mexico. While in New Mexico, his work in architecture and urban design earned him several awards, including an award from the National Passive Solar Energy Society. His work was featured in multiple design exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the University of New Mexico Art Museum. In 1992 he was elected to membership in the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.


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Finding Aid of the Robert W. Peters Architectural Drawings
Katie Conley
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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