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Guide to the Marty Spiegel student work, 1973-1977

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier



Spiegel, Marty, 1948-


Marty Spiegel student work, 1973-1977


0.2 linear ft: 1 folder, 1 CD

Language of Materials note


Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Marty Spiegel student work, KA.0126, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical Note

Born in Chicago in 1948, Marty Spiegel traveled throughout the U.S., South America, and Europe as a child. He studied Forestry, Education and Design at Marlboro College in 1966, and during the Vietnam War was granted Conscientious Objector status, performing alternate service from 1969-72 as a teacher for Project Learn's Parkway program in Philadelphia. In 1973, Spiegel moved to New York City to study Environmental Design at Parsons. He earned his BFA in 1976.

At Parsons, Spiegel formed a web of friendships, connections and partnerships that would sustain his creative and professional life for more than a decade after he graduated. Parsons professor Jean McClintock connected him with projects around New York City, including Betsy Barlow's Central Park Conservancy and a traffic-flow project with Fred Kent, who later founded Project for Public Spaces. In 1980, after four years at Solar-En Corporation designing and installing solar energy systems, he joined his former Parsons instructor, Archie Kaplan, at Environment Planning, Inc.

From 1984-1986, Spiegel ran a consulting business and worked on a wide variety of projects, including the design of a N.A.S.A. space station with Michael Kalil, who he'd first met through his Parsons network. From 1986-93, Spiegel and fellow-Parsons graduate Joey Horton were partners in a design firm. In 1993, Spiegel moved to Seattle and opened a hardware business that he has been running since then, while sustaining an engagement with community planning and maintaining an abiding interest in design education and practice.


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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is comprised of Marty Spiegel's student work for Parsons' Environmental Design Department, which he attended from 1973 to 1976. Consists of course materials, correspondence, drawings and sketches, and printed materials, as well as digital reproductions of 35mm slides of Spiegel's work.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - 2016 May 31

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Marty Spiegel student work, KA.0126, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Martin Spiegel to the New School Archives, 2011.

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Related Materials

The New School Archives conducted two oral history interviews with Spiegel, one individually as part of the Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project (PC.07.01.04) and one as part of a group interview for the Michael Kalil papers as part of the Michael Kalil oral history project (PC.07.01.05).

Spiegel was an associate of designer Michael Kalil, whose papers are available in the New School Archives (KA.0119).


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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons School of Design. Environmental and Interior Design Department.


  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Compact discs.
  • Digital images.
  • Drawings.
  • Student projects.


  • Architecture -- Environmental aspects.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Marty Spiegel student work, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0126.

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Collection Inventory

Student work 
k_10 15
PIC disks 2 KA Disks 0001

Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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