Sidney Willson Campbell (1918-1985), Architect

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Lincoln, Nebraska, 1954-1976
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Sidney Willson Campbell, 1941.

Sidney Willson Campbell was born on July 22, 1918 to Maude and Alva W. Campbell of Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his BA in Architecture from the University of Nebraska in 1940, where he was President of the Student Architect Society. Campbell continued his architectural education in 1948, and in that same year received the AIA Medal. A hobby of Campbell’s was foreign travel, where he visited placed such as China, Japan and the Philippine Islands.[1] He was a practicing architect in Lincoln for about twenty years, starting at the firm Davis & Wilson, and later working at such firms as Unthank & Unthank, where he was chief designer for six years, and Hull & Campbell, as partner. He was married to Dorothy Alderson Hobbs in 1970. Sidney Campbell died on February 16, 1985.[6]

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, 1954-1976

Educational & Professional Associations

1940: BA, architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1940: President, Student Architect Society.[1]

1940-1949: draftsman, Davis & Wilson.[1]

1944-1946: lieutenant, marine corps, Guam & Pacific, WWII.[5]

1948: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

1949-1955: chief designer, Unthank & Unthank, Architects [1]

1955-1956: partner, Hull & Campbell, Architects Lincoln, Nebraska [1]

Buildings & Projects

Prescott Elementary School Auditorium (1956), Lincoln, Nebraska [1][d]

Honors and Awards

1947: $100 Prize, Chicago Tribune’s “Better Rooms for Better Living” competition [3][c]

1948: American Institute of Architects Award, UNL Arch. Dept. [4]

1953: Second Place, NAA Concrete Masonry House Plan Competition.[2][a]


a. Design submitted by Reginald E. Davies and Sidney W. Campbell in association with Unthank & Unthank.

b. Special Thanks to architectural historian Catherine Cramer, Tucson, Arizona for References 3, 4, & 5.

c. Award for “ideas concerning decorating and furnishing a recreation room” [3]

d. Building done for Hull & Campbell, Architects [1]


1. American Institute of Architects, comp., American Architects Directory, First Ed. (New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1956), 81, accessed March 3, 2010,

2. “Lincolnites Win Concrete Masonry House Plan Competition” Lincoln Journal Star (September 6, 1953), 5A.

3. “Sidney Campbell Wins Home Contest Prize” The Lincoln Star (April 16, 1947), 10.

4. Lincoln Journal Star (May 1, 1948), 6.

5. “Heard Today” Lincoln Journal Star (June 20, 1946), 9.

6. "Sidney Wilson Campbell" Accessed May 9, 2018 via

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Sidney Willson Campbell (1918-1985), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, May 9, 2018. Accessed, July 10, 2020.

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