Rick Nelson Bio

Rick oversees and actively participates in the creative visioning process for Knickerbocker Group’s new homes and renovation projects. Working alongside the project architect, interior designer, and landscape architect, Rick facilitates multi-disciplinary collaboration by sparking the team’s imagination, respecting individual ideas, and pushing boundaries to achieve design excellence, whether they’re working on a coastal cottage or an ultra-contemporary home. This process often yields multiple design schemes that examine and advance the initial visioning before shifting the focus to the subtle details that bring a design to life—all while engaging the client to find the best solutions for their program, property, and lifestyle.

Through this process, Rick has taken a lead role on some of Knickerbocker Group’s most challenging projects, from a stone house renovation on a tiny Maine island to the complex commercial design of a 26,000-square-foot clubhouse. Rick also played a key role in the launch of COVE by Knickerbocker Group, bringing his knowledge of our clients’ programmatic and lifestyle needs to the design process, as well as an attentive eye to the details that define a Maine home.

The diversity of his commercial portfolio spans financial, retail, arts, hospitality, and waterfront redevelopment projects, with a roster of clients such as L.L.Bean and the state of Maine. With a focus in high-performance building, Rick leads the design-build team as they explore new products, methods, and technologies. He founded and now fosters the Innovation Team, a cross-department group of architects, construction managers, and field team members who take a 360-degree, transformative approach to building high-performing homes in the most streamlined, successful, and cost-effective way possible.

Rick graduated from the Norwich University School of Architecture in Vermont and is a member of the Mid-Coast School of Technology Professional Advisory Committee, a member of the Schmid Preserve Advisory Board, a founder and advisor of the Lincoln Academy Mountain Bike Club, a volunteer cycling coach for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and a 2022 member of the board of AIA Maine. He lives in a passive solar house that he and his family built themselves, with the project’s most effective materials and techniques now incorporated into Knickerbocker standards.

Recipient of a 2019 AIA Maine Design Award for Stoneview Barn