James Arthur “Jim” Johnson (1934-2003), Architect

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Lincoln, 1964-1983, 1997-2003, and Crete, Nebraska, 1997-2003; and Delray, Florida, 1987-1997

James Johnson was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on August 29, 1934 to Paul and Geniveve Johnson. Before beginning his architectural career, he werved in the army from 1954-1956. In 1960, around the age of 25, Johnson earned his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, whereupon he was hired on as a draftsman then as an architect for the firm, Clark & Enersen, Architects, in Lincoln. Five years later, in 1965, Johnson opened his own practice, James A. Johnson, in Lincoln, which he operated until 1987. In 1987, Johnson became the architect and owner of Johnson Architectural Group, in Delray Beach, Florida. In 1997, Johnson moved his practice back to Lincoln.

Johnson was married circa 1979, around age 44, to Marlene Waits, and together they had one son, Gregg, and two stepchildren, Jim and Betty. Johnson and his wife founded the Blue River Vineyard & Winery in Crete, Nebraska. He was a member of the Mayor's Committee Major Zoning Problems, the Community Committee Tri Unlv, and the board of Justice Inc. Johnson died on April 15, 2003, at the age of 68.[2][4]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1964-1974; 1997-2003

Crete, Nebraska, 1997-2003

Educational & Professional Associations

1954-1956: U. S. Army.[4]

1960: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.[2]

1960-1964: draftsman, then architect, with Clark & Enerson, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.[2][5]

1964: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-645; December 5, 1964.[1]

1965-1974: architect and owner, James A. Johnson, Architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.[4]

1969-1971: architect and owner, Johnson & Haberlan, Architects]].[4]

1976-1982: architect, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1983-1987: director of development, Delray Beach, Florida.[2]

1987-1997: architect and owner, Johnson Architectural Group, Delray Beach, Florida.[2, 3]

1997-2003: architect and owner, Johnson Architectural Group, Lincoln.[2]

Buildings & Projects

Heuner Office Building (1966), unknown location.[4]

R.C. Walters Building (1966), unknown location.[4]

3100 Building (1967), unknown location.[4]

Lincoln Benefit Life remodeling (1969), unknown location.[4]

Wiegert Hall Dorm (1989), unknown location.[4]

Residence for a MDs (2002-2003), Fairbury, Nebraska.[3]



1. Nebraska State Board of Engineers and Architects Website, accessed April 1, 2003, <http://www.ea.state.ne.us/search/search.cgi>

2. “James Arthur ‘Jim’ Johnson,” Lincoln Journal Star (April 19, 2003), 4B.

3. “Co-founder of winery, Jim Johnson, dies at 68,” Crete News (April 23, 2003).

4. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 455, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

5. Ryan R. Horner, The Clark Enersen Partners: 50 Years of Design [in three parts]. [Lincoln: The Clark Enersen Partners, ca. 1996].

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “James Arthur “Jim” Johnson (1934-2003), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 27, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, April 15, 2021.

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