Raymond Nadaskay Obituary, Death – It is with deep regret that we must inform you of the passing of Raymond Nadaskay, the man who established NK Architects. Ray was an incredible architect, a fervent supporter of our industry, and an outstanding leader who made a significant impact on the lives of a huge number of people. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work for him and alongside him, overcoming a great deal of difficulty and achieving a great deal of success together. The fact that we were able to experience joy and fulfillment throughout the time that we spent together is the thing that makes us happiest.
Raymond received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington University in 1962 after attending that institution. After that, he attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to further his education. He has been of great assistance to Washington University for a very long period by establishing scholarships for students studying architecture. He was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in 2011, which was presented as a part of the Sam Fox School’s annual Awards for Distinction.
Ray worked with I.M. Pei & Partners for a number of years before co-founding NK Architects with Allen Kopelson in 1972. While there, he was in charge of significant projects for institutional, corporate, and commercial clients and designed those projects. Before Ray took his retirement in 2007, he served as the president of NK Architects. He was in charge of managing the business on a global scale, which at the time included locations in Morristown, New Jersey; New York City; and Philadelphia. As the principal-in-charge and design architect for the company, he has been responsible for many of the most important and award-winning projects the company has ever undertaken.
Ray has dedicated a significant portion of his life to the preservation of New Jersey’s history. In order to convert the Ralston Cider Mill, which is located in his hometown of Mendham, New Jersey, into a functional museum, he established a non-profit corporation. In addition to that, he was the head of the board of trustees that oversaw the museum’s operations. In addition to that, he served as chairman of the Historic Preservation Committee for Mendham Township, was a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and served on the Open Space Committee for Mendham Township.
In recognition of his efforts to preserve the community’s history, open space, and streetscapes, the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey bestowed upon him the Anna B. Hillock Community Service Award in 2006. This award was presented to him in 2006.