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Male, US, born 1919-10-02, died 2001-07-19

Associated with the firms network

Nelsen and Sabin, Architects; Nelsen, Ibsen A., Architect; Nelsen, Ibsen, and Associates, Architects; Nelsen, Sabin and Varey, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Captain, United States Army Infantry, in southwest Pacific Theatre, 1941-1946 (1945 according to Jeffrey K. Ochsner, Shaping Seattle Architecture, p. 349);

Draftsman, Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson (NBBJ), Seattle, WA, 1951.

Designer, Morrison-Knudsen Company, Seattle, WA, 1951-1952.

Principal, Ibsen Nelsen, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1953.

Partner, Nelsen and Sabin, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1953-1960 (formed in 1954 according to Jeffrey K. Ochsner, Shaping Seattle Architecture, p. 349); Partner, Nelsen, Sabin and Varey, Seattle, WA, 1961-1967.

Principal, Ibsen Nelsen Architect, Seattle, WA, 1968- 2000.

Teaching

Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle (UW), College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Seattle, WA, 1957 or 1958- ;

Associate Professor, UW, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Seattle, WA, -1965.

Professional Activities

Nelsen joined the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, 1960;

First Vice-President, AIA, Seattle, 1961-1962.

Board of Trustees, Allied Arts of Seattle, Seattle, WA, 1961; Registered Architect, State of Washington in 1962.

Chairman, Municipal Arts Commission, Seattle, WA, 1967-1968.

President, Allied Arts of Seattle, 1969-1970.

Member, Municipal Arts Commission, Seattle, WA, 1961.

Chairman, Municipal Art Commission, Seattle, WA, 1967-1968.

President, Allied Arts of Seattle, 1969-1970.

Professional Awards

Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington State Chapter, 1960, Latter Day Saints Church, Alderwood Ward, Mountlake Terrace, WA;

Honor Award, AIA, Seattle Chapter, 1961.

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA), 1981.

Nelsen was awarded the AIA Seattle Medal in 1989.

Archives

Ibsen A. (Ibsen Andreas) Nelsen Papers, Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Bellingham, WA, "The Ibsen A. (Ibsen Andreas) Nelsen papers include the plans, drawings, contracts, photographs, newspaper clippings, slides, and microfiche relating to the buildings he designed from the early 1950s to 2000." (University of Washington Libraries/OCLC Catalog, accessed 12/05/2007.) 20.5 linear feet. (See "Ibsen A. (Ibsen Andreas) Nelsen papers,"Accessed 12/22/2013.) Ruth Nelsen donated Ibsen Nelsen's papers in 06/2002.

Education

College

B.Arch., University of Oregon (U of O), Eugene, OR, 1951.

College Awards

Honorary member Tau Sigma Delta.

Personal

Relocation

Ibsen Nelsen lived on Vashon Island, WA, in 1993; his last residence was in the 98070 zip code of Vashon Island.

Nelsen died from complications associated with prostate cancer.

Parents

His father was Julius Nelsen, (born Denmark), a carpenter and cabinetmaker.

Spouse

Ibsen married Ruth Hanawalt Nelsen in 1946; she was from Puyallup, WA. they were married for 55 years.

Children

Ibsen and Ruth Nelsen had four children: daughters Carol Nelsen, of Seattle, WA, Christine Nelsen Williams of Sausalito, CA, and sons, Hans Nelsen and Eric Nelsen of Vashon Island, WA; Nelsen also had five grandchildren.

Biographical Notes

Nelsen won two Bronze Stars for service in the Pacific theater during World War II.

SSN: 543-16-1235.



Associated Locations

  • Vashon Island, WA (Architect's Death)
    Vashon Island, WA

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PCAD id: 2146


NameDateCityState
11509 32nd Avenue NE House, Lake City, Seattle, WA1954SeattleWA
3011 Webster Point NE House, Laurelhurst, Seattle, WASeattleWA
3201 West Laurelhurst Drive NE House , Laurelhurst, Seattle, WASeattleWA
7350 Ravenna Avenue NE House, Seattle, WA1955
9634 15th Ave NW House, Seattle, WA1957SeattleWA
A.G.C., Mountain Pacific Chapter, Office Building, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council, Service Center, Seattle, WA1960SeattleWA
Campus Christian Ministry, University District, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Graham, J.S., Department Store #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA1915SeattleWA
Graves, Morris, House, Loleta, CALoletaCA
Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church, Alderwood Ward, Mountlake Terrace, WA1960Mountlake TerraceWA
Merrill Court, Seattle, WA
Minto, Robert W., House, Ravenna, Seattle, WA1961SeattleWA
Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA1975-1987SeattleWA
Musicians Office Building, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Nelsen, Ibsen, House, Vashon Island, WAVashon IslandWA
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Office Building, Seattle, WA1956SeattleWA
Public Market Center, Inn at the Market, Seattle, WA1975-1982SeattleWA
Seattle Repertory Playhouse, University District, Seattle, WA1929-1930SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Guthrie, Edwin R., Hall, Seattle, WA1973SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Playhouse Theatre, University District, Seattle, WASeattleWA
Weeks, Benjamin, House, Seattle, WA1961SeattleWA
Western Washington State College (WWSC), Miller Hall, Bellingham, WA1967-1968BellinghamWA
Western Washington University (WWU), Bond Hall, Bellingham, WA1967-1968BellinghamWA
Western Washington University (WWU), Environmental Studies Building, Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University (WWU), Skyviewing Sculpture, Bellingham, WA