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Jack H. Miller

Born: 1914-10-25
Died: 1999-03-24
Primary Profession: Architect
Location(s):
  • Southern Nevada
  • Western Mountain Region NV AZ UT CO NM WY
Awards
Notes & References: Founder of Jack Miller & Associates, presently known as JMA Architecture Studios.
1999 AIA NEVADA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS: AIA Nevada Special Recognition Award, Winner. UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: biography, letters of support, project photos

“AIA, Las Vegas Chapter, honors local projects.” Construction Connection (Nov. 1999): 18. ASL File #: AWARD 15

*Jack Miller received a 1999 AIA Nevada Special Recognition Award.

Prominent architect Jack H. Miller, who designed some of the most well-known buildings in the Las Vegas Valley, died Monday at the age of 84.
Miller, of Henderson, died at St. Rose Dominican Hospital. A cause of death was not immediately released.
Miller was a highly recognized architect who took pride in the role he played in Las Vegas history, helping to construct such buildings as the Clark County Detention Center and the life science building at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"I took advantage of the opportunity to be here," Miller said of his career during a 1993 interview with the Review-Journal. "I certainly have enjoyed every minute of my time in Las Vegas."
He was born in Denver on Oct. 25, 1914, and obtained a degree in architecture from Louisiana State University. Miller was offered a job with B.F. Goodrich in Ohio after graduating but instead chose to take a chance and come to Las Vegas to start his career.
For the next 50 years the proprietor of Jack Miller and Associates helped build the detention center, the old Basic High School in Henderson, several additions at the Las Vegas Convention Center, housing at Nellis Air Force Base and the life science building and three other structures at UNLV. The downtown Centel and Nevada Power Co. buildings were also Miller's projects.
However, the trials of being an architect in Las Vegas -- a community that is constantly reinventing itself -- were not lost on Miller, who lamented on the city's constant changes in 1993.
"It's nothing different than what other cities have experienced," Miller said. "It's lovely, the nostalgia, but the things we had are fast disappearing."
Miller's wife of 55 years, Annabel, died in 1993. Miller is survived by a daughter, Mary Anne Ginos of Lakeside, Conn.; and two sons, Jim of New York City and John of Cologne, Germany.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Palm Mortuary in Henderson. The family requests donations be made to the School of Architecture Scholarship Fund at UNLV.