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design and planning consultant

Louis Nelson, American design and planning consultant. Recipient award, Art Director Club Los Angeles, Clio, International Association Business Communicators, Indianapolis Design Annual Review, Print Annual Review, Printing Industries America, Printing Industries Metropolitan New York, United States Information Agency Traveling Show, Western Electronic Society Congress Creativity award, Art Direction Magazine, 1983-1985.


Nelson, Louis was born on October 8, 1936 in New York City. Son of Louis and Ingrid (Gjerstal) Nelson.


Bachelor in Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, 1958. Master in Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, 1963.


Manager, exhibit design Corning Glass Works, New York, 1963—1968. Executive vice president R.P. Gersin Associates, New York City, 1968—1980. President Louis Nelson Associates, since 1980.

Design consultant American Telephone & Telegraph Company, Corning, International Business Machines Corporation, Metropolitan Transit Authority, California Museum of Science & Industry, Port Authority Society Savings, Los Angeles Conservancy. Member, panel National Endowment Arts. Member, design advisory committee Pratt Industrial Institute.

Chair Kostellow Fund Pratt Institute. Visiting lecturer & critic Harvard University Pratt Institute, Philadelphia College Art, New York School Interior Design. Jury member Clio, Print, Industrial Design Annual Review.

Member, management committee Worldesign & International Congress Societies Industrial Design, 1985. Served to captain United States Army, 1958-1962.


  • Other Work

    • Korean War Veterans Memorial Mural, Washington. Contributor articles to professional journal.


Regent Cathedral St. John Devine. Member of National Fire Protection Association (graphic symbols committee), American National Standards Institute, American Institute Graphic Artists (award), Industrial Designers Society America (chairman, awards New York chapter 1984, the International Development & Education Award Silver), The Players Club, North Shore Yacht Club (Manor Haven, New York ).


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, sailing.


Married Sandra Balestracci, November 1, 1970 (divorced May 1979). Married Judy Collins, April 16, 1996.

Louis Nelson

Ingrid (Gjerstal) Nelson

Sandra Balestracci

Judy Collins