James W. Nicas (1926-2004), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1942-2000

James W. Nicas was born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 30, 1926. Before studying architecture, Nicas served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1944-1946. In 1958, Nicas became a Registered Professional Architect in Nebraska on December 20. From 1964-1967, Nicas was the architect and owner of James W. Nicas & Associates, Architects in Omaha. The firm changed to Nicas-Goldstein Associates, Inc., Architects in 1968, lasting until 1975. In 2000, Nicas became the architect and owner of his firm, James W. Nicas & Associates, in Omaha. Nicas was married to Lorraine. He died January 7, 2014 in Omaha.[2][3]

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

Omaha, Nebraska, 1958-2003

Educational & Professional Associations

1942-1949: student, Omaha, Nebraska.

No 1950 directory.

1951: draftsman, Omaha, Nebraska.

No 1952 directory.

1953: draftsman, Steele, Sandham & Steele, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1954-1956: draftsman, Cecil A. Martin & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1957: architect, Cecil A. Martin & Associates, Omaha, Nebraska.

1958: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-452; December 20, 1958.[1]

1959: architect, Stanley John How & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1961: architect and partner, Troy Stalder Nicas Architects, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1961-1967: architect and principle, James W. Nicas & Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

1968-1975: architect and partner, Nicas-Goldstein Associates, Inc., Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[2]

1976-2000: architect and owner/President, James W. Nicas & Associates, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects

Honors & Awards

1953: NAA Award of Merit: Concrete Masonry House Plan Competition.[4]



1. “Professional license results for James W. Nicas,” Nebraska State Board of Engineers and Architects Website, accessed June 23, 2003, <http://www.ea.state.ne.us/search/arch.htm>

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 666, accessed April 4, 2010, http://communities.aia.org/sites/hdoaa/wiki/Wiki%20Pages/1970%20American%20Architects%20Directory.aspx

3. Ancestry.com. Web: Nebraska, Find A Grave Index, 1854-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

4. “Lincolnites Win Concrete Masonry House Plan Competition,” Lincoln Journal Star (September 6, 1953), 5A.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “James W. Nicas (1926-2004), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, April 20, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, October 31, 2020.

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