Abraam Krushkhov Collection
Scope and Contents
The entire collection guide and inventory is available here: Abraam Krushkhov Collection Finding Aid
The Abraam Krushkhov Collection (1933-1987) includes: correspondence, urban planning reports and proposals, newspaper clippings, biography, education papers, teaching files, speeches, writings, consultancy papers, conference papers, business records, graphic design sketches, and photo slides. Subjects include urban planning, city planning, housing, transportation, desert area planning, community development, land use planning, historic preservation, new city planning, recreation area development, planning standards, planning evaluation, neighborhood planning, transportation, environmental studies, and zoning.
The Collection documents Krushkhov’s involvement in numerous urban planning projects around the world, which includes: Nigeria New Federal Capital Abuja; Bahia, Mexico, development plan; Brasilia, Brazil; Chandigarh, India; Hong Kong city planning; housing planning for the town of Milton Keynes near London; Tokyo, Japan; and Aldamazin, Sudan.
The Nigeria New Federal Capital Abuja project figures prominently in the collection. Krushkhov’s Nigerian papers include city planning, consultancy proposals, cost analysis, ecological survey, master plan, socio economic papers, technical support papers, Nigeria investment guide, briefing data, business development, constitution draft committee, government studies, logistic memo, hospital design, photo slides, and work notes on the design of Abuja.
The Collection also includes numerous California urban planning projects: Beaumont; City of Orange housing planning; Contra Costa County; Del Norte County; Downtown Sacramento redevelopment plan; Foster City planning; Fresno-Clovis planning; Hawthorne land use inventory; Inglewood; Laguna Beach; Lake Tahoe regional plan; Lakewood; Lawndale; Los Angeles city planning; Milpitas; Olympic Velodrom at California State University Dominguez Hills; Oxnard zoning study; Palmdale; Palos Verde; Playa Del Rey; Rancho Cucamonga design study; Riverside; San Anselmo; San Diego; San Francisco; Santa Ana city plan; Santa Clara County; Simi Valley; Ventura County; Victorville; Visalia; Watsonville; and Whittier.
In addition, the Collection contains Krushkhov’s urban planning works around the United States: Anchorage, Alaska, general plan; Rio Salado, Arizona; Yuma County, Arizona; Austin, Texas; Colorado River Indian Reservation; Comstock Lorde area, Nevada; Kingsmill, Virginia, master planning; Lake Charles in Salt Lake County, Utah; Mesa Del Sol, New Mexico; Minnesota Experimental City; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Parker, Arizona; Port Arthur, Texas; Prescott, Arizona; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Washington D.C.
- Krushkhov, Abraam (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
As a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Abraam Krushkhov (1917-1990) had over 38 years of professional experience in providing city and regional planning services to both governmental agencies and private firms, many of which involve the preparation of plans for planning commissions, services to federal governments, state and metropolitan area planning bodies, county and city planning commissions, private land developers, and citizen advisory groups. He received his B.A. in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950, and completed some graduate course work in Advanced Building Research, where he worked studied under László Moholy-Nagy. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to1946 (where he was known as Abraam Crowe).
Mr. Krushkhov specialized in the conceptualization and organization of comprehensive planning programs. This involve the selection and management of professional planning teams; the production of planning works in accordance with budget and schedule; conducting comprehensive work review on planning programs; and presenting plans and proposals to public agencies, private firms, and citizen groups. Mr. Krushkhov is known for his participation in the planning of Nigeria’s new federal capital Abuja (1976-1979). Mr. Krushkhov’s planning enterprises are evident in many regions throughout the United States. He started his planning career in Chicago (1948-1951), where he helped produce master plan for Oak Ridge, Tennessee; helped produce master plan for Robbins, Illinois; and prepared site plans for the Chicago Housing Authority. When he relocated to California in 1952, Mr. Krushkhov served as the Assistant Director of Planning for Santa Clara County Planning Department (1952-1956); Principal Planner for the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan area, California (1957-1958); directed general plan programs for Anchorage, Alaska; Lake Tahoe regional planning; Monterey Peninsula area planning; Foster City new town plan in California; Santa Cruz County, California, new town plan; Ventura County, California, general plan; San Anselmo, California, business district plan; and Cache Creek-Clear Lake water benefit study (California, 1958-1962).
From 1962 to 1967, Mr. Krushkhov became a co-equal partner of the planning consulting firm, Ruth + Krushkhov, based in Berkeley, California. From there he directed the Santa Ana, California, metropolitan area plan; Treasure Island master plan (California); City of Santa Paula, California, general plan; City of Hermosa Beach, California, general plan; and Foster City, California, neighborhood plan. In addition, he participated in the California State development plan and the San Francisco Downtown rezoning study. Mr. Krushkhov later became the vice president and director of planning for DMJM in Los Angeles (1967-1971). He directed preparation for the Minnesota Experimental City plan; environmental impacts of highways for the National Highway Research Board; preservation of Comstock Lode (Virginia City, Nevada); Del Norte County, California, general plan; Yuma County, Arizona, general plan; Colorado River Indian Reservation general plan; Rio Salado, Arizona, Project study design; Marincello, California, new town plan; Pleasure Island, Port Arthur, Texas, development plan; Waco, Texas, Housing Authority relocation study; South Central Los Angeles Industrial study; Santa Barbara, Eureka, and Glendale (all in California) freeway studies; Redwood Shores Design Review Board; Kingsmill at Williamsburg General Plan; urban renewal plans for National City, Tulare, Oxnard and Inglewood (all in California); Santa Maria, California, airport plan; San Diego County courthouse study; Laguna Beach, California, general plan; San Francisco Naval Station development plan; and Oak Park, Ventura County, development plan.
As vice president of planning at Archisystems (1972-1979), Mr. Krushkhov directed the preparation of large-scale land development plans for Howard Hughes’ properties in California, Nevada, and Arizona. He also prepared development proposals for Santa Barbara, Crenshaw and Watts area, and South Central Los Angeles. From 1976-1979, Mr. Krushkhov, in addition to his duties at Archisystems, also served as project director for International Planning Associates (IPA) in Los Angeles, where he authored and prepared the proposals that won a world-wide competition to serve as consultants to Nigeria’s Federal Capital Development Authority in the planning of Abuja. As a result, he traveled extensively to Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America to study urban and regional planning projects.
Moreover, Mr. Krushkhov held various teaching posts throughout his career, including U.S. Army Engineer School in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia (Photo-topography); University of California Berkeley Extension (Introduction to City Planning); and California State University Dominguez Hills (Principles and Practice of City Planning).
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The Abraam Krushkhov Collection documents Krushkhov’s achievements in local, national, and international levels of urban planning. Materials (1933-1987) include speeches, writings, correspondence, education papers, and urban planning files relating to numerous U.S. and international regions. The collection also describes his professional involvements with Daniel, Mann, Johnson, & Mendenhall (DMJM), Archisystems, International Planning Associates, and various governmental planning agencies. Some of Krushkhov’s teaching files, such as his tenure as a urban planning instructor at California State University Dominguez Hills and other academic institutions, are included as well. The collection also includes photo slides relating to urban planning.
Arranged in three series:
- Series I. Administrative Files (1933-1986)
- Series II. Urban Planning Files (1950-1987)
- Series III. Photo Slides (Undated)
First floor storage.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Materials in this collection were donated by Dhana Solish in 2007.
Please allow additional time for this collection to be paged.
Processed by Li Wei Yang in 2008.
- Abuja (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)
- Abuja (Niger State, Nigeria)
- California State University, Dominguez Hills
- City planning
- Clovis (Calif.)
- Crowe, Abraam
- Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall
- Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria). Department of Planning Research and Statistics
- Foster City (Calif.)
- Fresno (Calif.)
- Fresno Community Development Program
- Housing policy
- International Planning Associates
- Laguna Beach (Calif.)
- Los Angeles (Calif.)
- Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946
- Neighborhood planning
- Planned communities
- Ruth & Krushkhov
- Santa Ana (Calif.)
- Santa Clara (Calif.)
- Urban transportation
- Inventory of the Abraam Krushkhov Collection
- Li Wei Yang
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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