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University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture Records (UA-00005)


The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture Records (1980-2011) include marketing material, curriculum development material, student letters to the Nevada legislative counsel, journals, newspaper clippings, and architectural drawing sets for the school building's construction.

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1980 to 2011


3.82 Cubic Feet (4 box, 7 rolls)
3.75 Linear Feet

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Scope and Contents Note

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture Records (1980-2011) primarily contains records of the school's curriculum, documenting activities, proposals, and discussions through meeting minutes and collected materials. These materials include newspaper clippings, photographs of student presentations, marketing material for the school's programs and events, curriculum planning books for the school's coursework, correspondence to faculty members, and letters from architectural students to the Nevada legislative counsel regarding an unspecified controversy surrounding a design competition for the school's architectural building. There is also a design concept proposal for the School of Architecture compiled into a book.

The drawing sets for the School of Architecture included were created by Swisher & Hall Architects, Limited (architect), Mendnehall Smith Wright, Inc. (structural engineer), T.J. Krob Engineer (electrical engineer), Martin & Martin (civil engineer), BWA Landscape Architecture (landscape architect), and Martino & Tatasciore (landscape consultant).

Access Note

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish. Some transcripts do not exist in final form, therefore any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked.


Materials remain as they were received.

Biographical / Historical Note

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture is a department included in the College of Fine Arts, located at the Paul B. Sogg Architecture Building at 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada. The school was first known as the College of Architecture, Construction Management, and Planning when it was first established in 1986, and was placed under the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering in 1988. In 1989, the University Board of Regents approved a graduate professional degree program in architecture. The first four degrees (Bachelor of Science in Architecture) were awarded in 1993, and by 1996, the program had awarded two Master of Architecture degrees. In 1994, the Board of Regents separated the Architecture Studies Program from the College of Engineering into its own autonomous academic unit, that contained the programs of Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, and Interior Architecture. Upon the appointment of Dr. Carol Harter as UNLV President in 1996, the programs were reorganized as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design, and Urban and Regional Planning under the School of Architecture.

In 1995, while the program acted out of temporary modules (trailers), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) noted the facilities to be inadequate for professional design education, causing the program to fail at meeting the criterion for accreditation. Through a design competition, the $8.25 million 75,000 square foot Paul B. Sogg Architecture Building was constructed by Swisher & Hall Architects (later known as SH Architecture) and Tibesar Construction. The building broke ground on September 4th, 1996 and was completed in Fall 1997. On October 25, 1997, NAAB voted for a full five-year term of accreditation to the UNLV Architecture Program. The school has since continued providing educational opportunities for students in architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture.

Preferred Citation

University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture Records, 1980-2011. UA-00005. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Acquisition Note

Materials were transferred to the University Special Collections and Archives by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture; accession number 2017-060. This set of records includes former record group number RG 2.6.11.

Processing Note

In 2018, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Jimmy Chang revised the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

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