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Robert Parker Drawings and Plans

Identifier: SWA-Parker-Drawings

Scope and Contents

The Robert Parker Drawings collection contains project files of work created by Robert Parker between 1997 and 2022. Included in the collection are floor plans, elevations, design drawings, construction documents, and other materials from Parker’s proposed and built structures.


  • 1997 - 2022

Biographical / Historical

Born in September 1939, in Denver, CO, architect and artist, Robert Parker is known for his contemporary paintings and architectural designs. Parker studied architecture at the University of Colorado Boulder for three years before taking a year off to work for his father’s heating and plumbing manufacturer’s representative firm. This position allowed Parker to build connections with architects and engineers in Denver. Afterwards, he resumed his education at the University of Minnesota where he completed his bachelor’s degree in architecture. Four years later, after working for Louis Sauer in Pennsylvania, Parker continued to pursue a master’s degree at MIT. During his time at MIT, Parker developed strong interests in photography and environmental planning. Later, Parker earned a position at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he worked for twenty-seven years and helped found an environmental planning program.

In 1997 Parker decided to move back to the Southwest to Taos, NM where he continued his architectural practice, Robert Parker Associates. Parker’s architectural firm is known for its contemporary design aesthetic that is suited to southwest lifestyles. After moving to Taos, Parker also continued to develop his art practice. Parker works in a range of mediums including photography, printmaking, and painting. His art is known for its exploration of color theory and experimentation with geometric abstraction. His art has been exhibited at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque and the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, NM.


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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