Norman Dale Olsen (1937-1995), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1963-1992

Norman D. Olsen was born in Omaha, Nebraska on June 1, 1937 to Mr. & Mrs. Albert Olsen.[3] Before beginning his architectural studies, Olsen served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1961-1967.[1] While serving, Olsen received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University in 1964.[1] In 1970, Olsen began working for Kirkham, Michael & Associates. Then he practiced with his own architectural firms, first, Teig & Olsen, and then the Olsen Partnership, with his wife who was also an architect, Linda Pounds Olsen née Arnold. They had two daughters, though they separated. Olsen died at 58 years of age in Omaha.[2]

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.

Educational & Professional Associations

1961-1967: U. S. Air Force Reserve.[1]

1963-1970: draftsman, Dunbar & Dunn, Omaha, Nebraska.

1964: Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.[1]

1970-1973: architect, Kirkham, Michael & Associates, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1974-1978: architect and partner, Teig & Olsen, Omaha, Nebraska.

1979-1992: architect and partner, The Olsen Partnership, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects



1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory Third Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1970), 680, accessed September 3, 2019,

2. “Olsen,” Omaha World-Herald (December 6, 1995), 16:5.

3. "Presbyterian Historical Society; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania"; U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1907; Accessed September 5, 2019 via

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Norman Dale Olsen (1937-1995), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 3, 2019. Accessed, February 27, 2021.

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