Robert William Ditzen (1917-2006), Architect

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Robert William Ditzen was born in Willow City, North Dakota on November 15, 1917.[1][2] He married in 1945 then earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois the following year, at the age of 28.[1][2] Ditzen and his wife had two children.[1][2] After starting his family, Ditzen became a guest lecturer of Senior Architecture at the University of Colorado from 1954-1955.[1][2]

Ditzen was on the board of directors for the YMCA and a Community Hospital.[2] He was also Vice President of the Exchange Club and on the District Board of Governors for the Lutheran Laymen's League.[1] Ditzen died April 3, 2006 in Omaha, Nebraska.[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

Ralston, Nebraska, 1969-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1941-1943: draftsman, du Pont de Nemours Co.[1][2]

1943-1945: design and engineering, Pritchard & Company.[1][2]

1946-1950: chief draftsman, James M. Hunter, Architect.[1][2]

1950-1960: Robert W. Ditzen, Architect.[1][2]

1955: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-350; December 9, 1955.[3]

1961-____: architect and partner, Ditzen, Rowland, Mueller & Associates,[2][a]

Buildings & Projects

County Agriculture Building (1952), Ft. Collins, Colorado.[1][2]

Foothills Elem. School & Veterinary Hospital (1953), Boulder, Colorado.[1][2]

Lafayette High School Addition (1953), Lafayette, Nebraska.[1][2]

National Bureau of Standards (1954). Associated architects, Pereira & Luckman.[1][2]

Immanuel Lutheran School (1954), Colorado Springs. Associated architects, J. E. Stanton.[1][2]

Banner County Courthouse (before 1958), Harrisburg, Nebraska.[2]

Honors & Awards

1954: Award of Merit, National AIA.[1]

1954: Award of Merit, National AIA.[2]

1958: National Bureau of Standards; 1st Honor Award, Mountain Region AIA Conference.[2]



1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 138, accessed March 3, 2010,

2. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, Second Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962), 172, accessed April 4, 2010,

3. “Professional license results for Robert William Ditzen,” State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, accessed October 22, 2013,

4. Trish Place, “Robert William Ditzen, Overview,”, accessed December 2, 2014.

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Robert William Ditzen (1917-2006), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 2, 2014. Accessed, May 30, 2020.

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