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Male, US, born 1942

Associated with the firms network

Dunham, George Foote, Architect; Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN), Architects

Professional History


Ensign, US Navy, c. 1966.

Designer, Naramore, Bain, Brady and Johanson (NBBJ) Architects, Seattle, WA.

Partner, Loschky, Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN), Seattle, WA. LMN Architects had its Seattle main office at 801 2nd Avenue, Suite #501, in 1996.

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA). President, AIA, Seattle, Chapter, 1990-1991. Co-Chair, AIA Seattle Centennial Commission, 1993-1994.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

Nesholm received the Seattle Award from the American Institute of Architects, Seattle Chapter in 2004.

The AIA presented its national AIA Architecture Firm Award to LMN Architects in 2016.



B.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1965.



Born in 1942 in Seattle, WA, architect John Frank Nesholm has lived and worked in and around Seattle, WA.


His father was J. Elmer Nesholm (1910-1986), who worked as an important executive with the United Parcel Service, founded in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood in 1907.


He married Laurel Ann Hoffman (born c. 1943 in Bellingham, WA) on 06/12/1969 at the Fauntleroy Commmuniity Church. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Collection Title: Washington Marriage Records, 1854-2013; Reference Number: kingcoarchmc331098, accessed 09/12/2017.)


He and Laurel had two daughters Erika J. Nesholm and Kirsten Nesholm.

Biographical Notes

Nesholm took on many community service leadership roles. The Nesholm Family Foundation, established by J. Elmer Nesholm, has generously funded various community organizations in the Seattle area. John Nesholm has been instrumental in the distribution of this charitable funding. In 2017, this foundation had the following board members: John F. Nesholm, President, Joseph M. Gaffney, Vice President and Secretary, Edgar K. Marcuse, Treasurer, Carol Lewis, Erika J. Nesholm, Kirsten Nesholm, Laurel Nesholm. In recent years, it has focused funding to benefit middle school education in the Puget Sound region.

He has also been active with various civic groups, including the Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Opera, and Nesholm has had particular importance for the city's musical scene. John and Laurel Nesholm have been devoted subscribers to the Seattle Opera, having not missed an opera staged by the company between 1969 and 2007. He served as Board of Directors Chairman for the Seattle Opera for 12 years, and his influence on the growth of the organization has been profound. David Brewster wrote in his online journal, "John Nesholm, a local architect and philanthropist who came on the board as president in 1993 and still serves as chair of the board, has been [former General Director Speight] Jenkins’s steadfast friend and a wise force for fiscal prudence. It's worth noting that John and Laurel Nesholm have become the dominant donors and shapers of Seattle’s musical culture, with Mrs. Nesholm playing a key role in the transformation of the Seattle Symphony under its new conductor, Ludovic Morlot." (See David Brewster,, "An unexpected choice to head Seattle Opera," published 06/24/2013, accessed 09/20/2017.)

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 1578

Aspira Condominiums, Downtown, Seattle, WA2007-2010SeattleWA
Brown, Amos, Building, Downtown, Seattle, WA1898SeattleWA
City of Seattle, Exposition Building, Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, WA1927-1928SeattleWA
City of Seattle, Opera House, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA1960-1962SeattleWA
City of Seattle, Public Library (SPL), Main Library #3, Downtown, Seattle, WA2000-2004SeattleWA
City of Shoreline, City Hall #2, Shoreline, WA2008-2009ShorelineWA
Hendrix, Jimi, Museum, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA1997-2000SeattleWA
King County, Department of Stadium Administration, Domed Stadium, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 1972-1976SeattleWA
Kirkland Parkplace, Kirkland, WA1980-1981KirklandWA
Memphis Performing Arts Center, Memphis, TN2001-2002MemphisTN
Mount Vernon Performing Arts and Conference Center, Mount Vernon, WA2003-2004Mount VernonWA
Redmond Town Center, Redmond, WARedmondWA
San Diego Convention Center Corporation, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA1989San DiegoCA
Seahawks Stadium, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA1998-2002SeattleWA
Seattle Repertory Playhouse, University District, Seattle, WA1929-1930SeattleWA
Seattle Symphony Concert Hall, Downtown, Seattle, WA1997-1998SeattleWA
State of Washington, Capitol Building #4, Carillon Tower, Olympia, WAOlympiaWA
State of Washington, Convention and Trade Center (WSCTC), Downtown, Seattle, WA1985-1988SeattleWA
Stone, Fisher and Lane Dry Goods Store, Downtown, Seattle, WA 1906SeattleWA
United States Navy (USN), Naval Reserve Building, South Lake Union, Seattle, WA1941-1942SeattleWA
University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Prebys, Conrad, Music Center, La Jolla, CA2008-2009La JollaCA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Chemistry Building Addition, Seattle, WA1995
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Electrical Engineering / Computer Science and Engineering Building, Seattle, WA1997-1998SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Foster, Michael G., School of Business Administration, 2006 Plan, Seattle, WA2006SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), Founders Hall, Seattle, WA2020-2022SeattleWA
University of Washington, Seattle (UW), PACCAR Hall, Seattle, WA2008-2010SeattleWA
University of Washington, Tacoma (UWT), Keystone Building, Tacoma, WA2000-2001TacomaWA
University of Washington, Tacoma (UWT), Master Plan 2000-2001, Tacoma, WA2000-2001TacomaWA
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver, BC, Canada2012VancouverBC
Wildwood Convention Center, Wildwood, N.JWildwoodNJ
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