Cultural Projects


Albuquerque Museum - Phase I Expansion

Albuquerque Museum - Phase II Renovation

Farmington Gateway Museum

Farmington Nature Center

New Mexico Museum of Space History

New Mexico Veteran's Museum


City of Albuquerque Westside Library

Roswell Public Library

UNM Gallup Zollinger Library

Village of Cuba Public Library

Williams Memorial Library


Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

“The final design relates well to the site, the adjacent building, views, access, identity, and the building inside functions as an excellent campus Library. [RMKM] is a firm of very talented and responsible architects.”


Steve Borbas, AICP

Campus Planner

University of New Mexico



Architecture  |  Planning  |  Interiors

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The Zollinger Library project performs many tasks on the UNM Gallup campus. With no existing library facility, the campus library was buried amidst classroom and administrative spaces. The Zollinger Library consolidates the collection into an independent and approachable facility to make access to learning resources easier. In addition to the new library, the project included the renovation backfill of the former library and miscellaneous existing Student and Support Service spaces.


A dynamic plan arranges book stacks along a subtle radial geometry to provide optimal circulation desk control and respond to the physical restraints of the challenging hillside site and dramatic views of the surrounding landscape. Positioned along the main campus arrival drive, the library also provides an important “edge” and “first impression” of the institution.


UNM Gallup serves a predominantly Native American student body. This influenced the interior design palate, which includes wood beamed ceilings, architectural woodwork, soft southwestern colors and natural materials that combine to create an environment that is warm and inviting. As a focal point of the library RMKM designed a reading room to celebrate Native American culture. The high-ceilinged square room, rotated to align with the cardinal axes, features a large picture window that frames a sacred mountain view.

Owner: University of New Mexico

Location: Gallup, NM

Size: 15,000 SF New, 15,000 SF Renovation

Photos by Kirk Gittings