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9097 State Route 30, P.O. Box 99
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Artists & Inspiration
This is a virtual program.
In the words of the late Harvey Kaiser, author of Great Camps of the Adirondacks: “There is a place for a claim that the architecture of the Adirondacks, especially as formulated in the evolution of the great camps, is a distinct style—the Adirondack Rustic Style.” In a panel discussion moderated by Jim Bodnar (formerly Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), three architects will share how historic Adirondack building design has shaped their work in the region today. The panelists will share recent projects and design concepts, as well as buildings of the past from which they have drawn inspiration.
James L. Bodnar, and his wife Anne, who is the vice chair of the ADKX Board, have been spending their summers at Bartlett Carry on Upper Saranac Lake for 40 years. Jim is an architect who worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for 17 years in Washington, New York, and London before establishing his own practice 32 years ago. He has served on the Board of American Academy in Rome where he was a Fellow and President of its Alumni Association. Jim was previously the Chairman of the Sculpture Center in New York, and currently serves on the Board of the Upper Saranac Foundation.
Nils Luderowski spent his formative years in Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied mathematics, interior architecture, and furniture design. He undertook his formal education at Pratt Institute of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, where he incorporated American movements such as the Craftsman and Prairie styles into his developing aesthetic. Nils ran a design studio in New York City and taught at Parsons School of Design. In the mid-1990s, he relocated to Keene where he lives with his family. His work can be found dotting the many lakes, rivers, and mountains of the Adirondacks. Nils is a registered architect licensed in New York State and a member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Michael Bird established Adirondack Design in 1984 with the ideal of preserving, enhancing, and continuing the tradition of Adirondack architecture, which began over a century ago. Adirondack Design strives to become the recognized authority on continuation and preservation of Adirondack architecture. Our technology is of the next century; our ambiance is of the past. Bird’s experience of living and owning a Great Camp and being intimately familiar with the lifestyle, as well as the maintenance involved, has engendered a unique sensitivity in his design and construction methods.
Richard Hanpeter was raised in the Adirondack village of North Creek. His practice represents a continuum of three generations devoted to fine furniture design and craftsmanship, then innovative general construction, on to architectural design. He has worked from Saranac Lake since 1984, integrating the many and varied historic styles of our Adirondack vernacular with more contemporary forms. He received a B.A. in Government and M.A. in American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Architecture at the University of Illinois. Rich is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the International Associate of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.