Nels died of cancer July 2, 2022, in Silver   Spring, Md.

Born July 16, 1947, in Kansas City, Mo., Nels graduated with a bachelor’s degree in religion from Haverford in 1969 and earned a master’s degree in architecture from Princeton in 1973.

Nels started his architectural career with Day and Zimmermann Associates in Philadelphia. Opening his own firm in 1976, he specialized in solar design and facilities studies for colleges and universities. In 1985, Nels joined Beck, Powell & Parsons architects in Maryland. His favorite project was a renovation at the Naval Academy. He worked for Sheladia Associates in 1989 before joining Parsons Management Consultants at National Airport (DCA) in 1990.

Except for three years with Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant and Planning, Nels worked at National and Dulles airports on a variety of renovation and construction projects until retirement. The highlight of his career was acting as lead construction architect for the award-winning terminal at DCA designed by Cesar Pelli. From 2007 to 2013 Nels worked for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority as the Dulles Airport architect.

In addition to Anne *72, his wife of 50 years, Nels’ survivors include brothers Jeffry and Eric, and several nieces and nephews.

Graduate memorials are prepared by the APGA.

Graduate Class of 1973