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Architect , educator

James Warren Nelson, American architect, educator. Licensed architect, Illinois. Recipient 1st place award Chicago Tribune International Design for Cabrini Green Public Housing, Special Recognition award North Dakota American Institute of Architects; named Teacher of Year, North Dakota State University, 1993; Bush Foundation grantee.


Nelson, James Warren was born on June 29, 1960 in Superior, Nebraska, United States. Son of Warren Simeon and Norma Jean (Richards) Nelson.


Bachelor in Architectural Studies, North Dakota State University, 1986. Bachelor of Architecture, North Dakota State University, 1987. Master in Architecture and Urban Design, Washington University, St. Louis, 1988.


Urban designer Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago, 1988-1990. Project manager Jaeger, Nickola & Associates, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1990-1991. Proprietor, architect Nelson & Associates, Chicago, Fargo, since 1990.

Assistant professor architecture North Dakota State University, Fargo, 1991-1997, associate professor, since 1997, director architecture program, since 1998. Partner urban design Atelier Heamavihio, since 1993. Consultant for damaged buildings Federal Emergency Management Agency, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1997.


  • Licensed architect, Illinois.


Member Riverkeepers Planning Commission, Fargo, 1995-1996. Planning commissioner Fargo City Planning Commission, since 1993, Cass County Planning Commission, Fargo, 1994-1995. Member Downtown Area Plan Committee, Fargo, 1995-1996.

Leader adult Bible study Hope Lutheran Church, Fargo, 1996. Leader Cub Scouts, since 1998. Architectural historian, member review board North Dakota State History Society, since 1998.

With United States Marine Corps, 1978-1982. Member American Institute of Architects (Teacher of the Year 1993, 98, Special Recognition for Re-imagining Downtown project North Dakota chapter 1997), North Dakota Institute Architects, Fargo/Moorhead Architects (North Dakota State University liaison), American Planning Association.


  • Other Interests

    Hiking, fishing, travel, cooking.


Married Gail Lyn Beck, August 18, 1984. Children: Christopher Timothy James, Katie Caroline.

Warren Simeon Nelson

Norma Jean (Richards) Nelson

Gail Lyn Beck

Christopher Timothy James Nelson

Katie Caroline Nelson