Ronald Earnst Hess (1936-2015), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1966-1975; Florida; Oklahoma; Kansas; Montana

Ronald Earnst Hess was born in Omaha on May 31, 1936.[3] He went to Central High School in Omaha, then earned a Bachelor of Science and later a Master's Degree both in architecture from Iowa State University.[3] Hess married Judy Needham on August 25, 1962.[3] He was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oxford Brookes University, University of Oklahoma, Kansas State University, and Montana State University in Bozeman.[3] He also lived in Florida at some point.[1] While still living in Lincoln, Hess was a partner in a firm with Gerald I. Anderson. Hess died January 13, 2015.[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

Lincoln, Nebraska, 1966-1975

Educational & Professional Associations

ca. 1950-ca. 1954: student, Central High School, Omaha, Nebraska.[3]

1966: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, A-727; March 5, 1966.[2]

1967-1972: architect and partner, Anderson & Hess, Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Buildings & Projects



1. AIA Historical Directory of American Architects: A Resource Guide to Finding Information About Past Architects [accessed 20100511]

2. State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects website, Professional license results for Ronald E. Hess: Accessed November 12, 2013.

3. “Ronald Ernst Hess,” Omaha World-Herald [Obits], accessed through, January 21, 2015,

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Ronald Earnst Hess (1936-2015), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 22, 2015. Accessed, April 20, 2021.

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