Matthew C. Metcalf (1955-2021), Architect

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DBA: Matthew C. Metcalf

Matthew C. Metcalf was born in Denver, Colorado on May 10, 1955 to Ruth and Gerald Metcalf. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska; graduated from Westside High School; and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in architecture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began his professional practice with Davis Fenton Stange and Darling and worked in that firm and its successor Davis Design his entire career. He served as president of Davis Design from 1992 to 2018. Matt died May 16, 2021.[1]

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.

Farmers Mutual of Nebraska, 2013 (D. Murphy)

Educational & Professional Associations

1987, Metcalf became principal with Davis Fenton Stange Darling, Architects[2]

1994, Metcalf became president of Davis Fenton Stange Darling[1][2]]

1995, Davis Fenton Stange Darling succeeded by Davis Design, Architects

1995-2018, Metcalf served as president of Davis Design

Buildings & Projects

Beadle Center for Genetics and Biomaterials Research (1991-1993), 20th & Vine, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.[a]

Farmers Mutual Insurance Company headquarters (c. 2011-2013), 13th & K Streets, Lincoln, Nebraska.[a]


a. Metcalf's obituary listed as "Some of his favorite projects" the Beadle Center of UNL, Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, "and various healthcare clinics and hospitals."[1]


1. "Matthew C. Metcalf, May 10, 1955-May 16, 2012," obituary in Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star (May 19, 2021), B5.

2. Jim Stange, “Davis Design: Design Excellence since 1912,” Preservation Association of Lincoln, Brown Bag Lecture Series, Museum of Nebraska History, Lincoln, May 13, 2003.

Other Sources

Page Citation

E. F. Zimmer, “Matthew C. Metcalf (1955-2021), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 21, 2021 Accessed, November 26, 2022.

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