Raymond Nadaskay, a practicing architect for the past 44 years, is co-founder and principal emeritus of NK Architects. The firm is a leader in educational and health-care projects with an emphasis on sustainable design. His longstanding contributions to Washington University include his commitment to developing scholarships for architecture students and his support of capital improvements on campus.
Nadaskay earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1962 from Washington University, and continued his studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to forming NK Architects with Allen Kopelson in 1972, Nadaskay directed and designed large-scale projects for institutional, corporate and commercial clients while working for firms such as I. M. Pei Associates and Cobb, Freed & Partners.
At NK Architects, Nadaskay has been responsible for the overall administration of the firm, which now has offices in Morristown, N.J., and New York City. He has served as principal-in-charge and design architect on many of the firm’s most significant and award-winning projects. Clients have included Rutgers University, the New Jersey Department of Military Affairs, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Caldwell College. NK Architects was the recipient of the 2007 Firm of the Year Award from AIA New Jersey as well as more than 40 other awards for design excellence.
Throughout his career, Nadaskay has been committed to preserving New Jersey’s historic past. He initiated the formation of a not-for-profit to restore the Ralston Cider Mill as a working museum, and is president of the board of trustees that operates the museum. Nadasaksy is the chairman of the Mendham Township Historic Preservation Committee. He also has served as a member of a Blue Ribbon Committee for the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, as well as Mendham Township’s Open Space Committee.
In recognition of his work preserving the fabric of community history, open space, and roadscape, he received the 2006 Anna B. Hillock Community Service Award from the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey.
In addition to serving as a lecturer, panelist, and juror for numerous architectural organizations, Nadaskay has held leadership positions with AIA Newark/Suburban, including serving as the chapter’s president in 1993. In 2001, AIA Newark/Suburban presented him with the Herman Litwak Award for his contributions to the profession.