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Donald P. Schlegel

Donald P. Schlegel - Biography

Collection of the Donald P. Schlegel Papers, MSS 1098 BC, Series 1: Personal Files

Born on November 12, 1926 in Bethlehem, PA, Donald Paul Schlegel was known for his unique modernist and regionalist architectural designs as well as his contributions to the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. Drafted at 19 years old, Schlegel served two years in the army in the Philippines and Guam. After completing his studies at the University of Cincinnati, Schlegel went on to receive his Master of Architecture from M.I.T. in 1952. In 1954 Schlegel began a 40 year professional career at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning where he played a critical role in establishing the department. During his time at UNM he served as professor, Chairman of the Department of Architecture, and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.

In addition to a long-standing career at the University of New Mexico, Schlegel also established a respected architectural practice where he designed many unique custom homes like the award-winning Robb house, churches, and other commercial buildings in New Mexico and other regions of the Southwest. His architectural work and teaching career have been widely recognized by American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.