Cody Douglas Oreck
Cody Douglas Oreck is a designer specializing in blending the historic preservation of the best of our built environment with the best of our technology for a lighter footprint on the earth. With degrees from the Sorbonne in Paris and from Louisiana State University, she has been all over the world, seeing and learning with the most open heart and mind that she can muster. Melding design with caring for nature is her passion. The knowledge that sometimes the greenest house is the house that is already built has been woven with her love of architecture and antiques.
When her husband (partner and best friend), Bruce J. Oreck, was being considered for an ambassadorship after his extraordinary work in the election of President Barack Obama, the two studied all the possibilities and asked for Finland. “We thought that the smart well-educated citizenry combined with the legendary Finnish love of nature was a good fit for us. The size of the country and its cohesiveness make things seem possible here that no longer seem possible in the giant melting pot of the United States,” Cody said in a recent interview.
But upon arriving, Cody did not count on falling head over heels for the architecture of what turned out to be a particularly sympathetic period of Finnish history. The turn of the twentieth century was a chapter that had fascinated her in American and western European history, but she was deeply surprised and delighted by the manifestations of the brave and fertile tumult of the period in Finland.
“Sure enough,” she said, “the years have flown by and I have only barely scratched the surface of this astonishing place.” But she hopes that STORYBOOK HELSINKI AND BEYOND will open up a small part of the extraordinary world she has discovered here for other visitors.
The book is finally her sort of love letter.