Richard W. Coyle (ca. 1921-2006), Architect

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Omaha, Nebraska, 1955-1995

Richard Coyle was born ca. 1921, in Omaha, Nebraska.[1] He graduated from Tech High School in Omaha in 1938, at the age of 17.[1] Coyle attended Creighton University for one year then joined the Army Air Corps.[1] He flew fifteen successful missions.[1] On March 6, 1944, his plane was shot down over Germany, and Coyle was captured. He was held as a prisoner of war for fourteen months. When he returned to the United States, Coyle graduated from the University of Colorado, and went on to establish his own practice, called Richard W. Coyle Architects, in 1965 in Omaha.[1] He served as President of the Omaha Section of AIA in 1975.[1] Coyle retired from architecture in 1986 and died in Omaha on October 13, 2006.[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.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Omaha, Nebraska, 1960-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1938: graduated, Tech High School, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1938-1939: student, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1939-1945: Army Air Corps.[1]

1944-1945: Prisoner of War, Germany.[1]

____: graduated, University of Colorado.[1]

1955-1962: architect engineer, Leo A. Daly Company, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[a]

1959: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-490; December 12, 1959.[2]

1963: employee, Boyer, Omaha, Nebraska.

1964-1967: architect, Boyer & Biskup Associates, Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.

1968-1981: Richard W. Coyle Architects, Omaha, Nebraska.[b]

1975: President, AIA, Omaha, Nebraska.[1]

1982-1986: architect, Donald Perry Polsky, Architect, AIA Associates.

1986-2006: retired, Omaha, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects


a. First Omaha directory listing, 1955.

b. Reference [1] gives 1965 as the year he established his own practice in Omaha.


1. “Dick Coyle, 85, founded Omaha architecture firm,” AIA NE Update XLIV (October 27, 2006), accessed September 26, 2008, <>

2. “Professional license results for Richard W. Coyle,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed October 15, 2013,

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Richard W. Coyle (ca. 1921-2006), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, October 1, 2008. Accessed, August 18, 2022.

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