A recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicola, obtained her B.F.A in Architecture and is now seeking practical experience in the field before embarking upon a masters degree. She was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, and was fortunate to be granted opportunities to work in firms there before embarking on tertiary studies. This propelled her to investigate and incorporate vernacular materials, methods of construction and passive cooling techniques, used in the Caribbean, into many of her designs.
Growing up in a developing country, also played a role in the actualization of her design philosophy; to use her extensive knowledge and talent to improve the quality of living of the masses economically, thereby making good design accessible to those subject no design. It's important for her to always consider the needs of the person allowing her to shape their space first, as well as the person that will be affected by her design. Thereby her design aesthetic is unique to every project, shaped by the project, and never an imposition. It's Architecture for the people. As her philosophy developed so did a strong interest in the field of community design and disaster relief.
Self Employed, Freelance Graphic Design
Design of Branding and Promotional Materials for friends and family members.
Thomasville Landmarks, Thomasville, GA, US, Junior Designer
Community Design - Historic Preservation & Restoration.
Thomasville Landmarks is a non-profit, historic preservation organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the architecture, heritage and history of the Thomas County area.
- Documentation of historical landmarks in Thomasville, Georgia
- Community revitalization (Conceptual Design Development)
- Cataloging the existing architectural aesthetic of historically African American neighborhoods within Thomasville, Georgia.
- Interviewing the residents of the aforementioned neighborhoods to ascertain the Architectural culture, past and present.
- Exterior architectural renderings of proposed urban revitalization projects.
- Restoration of Historic houses in Thomasville, Georgia.
CDA Architecture, Port of Spain, Trinidad , Architectural Intern
Developed a working knowledge of Residential design, prepared construction documents, Gained knowledge of the role of the Architect as Project Manager. Accompanied the Juniour Architect on Site visits, And Project presentations.
OBM International, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Architectural Research Assistant/Draftsman
Developed a working knowledge of Residential design, prepared Construction Documents, was responsible for research and development for a tender project for revitalizing the City of Port of Spain Transportation hub. Gained Knowledge of Quantity Surveying, Feasibility Studies, and Cost Analysis. Accompanied the Principal Architect on Site visits. Gained exposure to presentation media such as video walk- throughs, and animation.
The Synthesis Group, Port of Spain, Trinidad , AutoCAD Technician
Enhanced knowledge of AutoCAD for use in drafting. Gained knowledge pertaining to Site Planning, Construction Documents, 3D modeling, Office Drafting Standards, and the use of sketching as a necessary medium for preliminary design.
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, Bachelors, Architecture
Dean's List 2006-2011
Combined Honours Scholarship 2006-2011
Holy Name Convent, Port of Spain, Trinidad, High School, CXC, GCE
Obtained full O'level & A'level Certificates.
Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, Interior Architecture
Portfolio Grant - 75% tuition grant for summer session
Panorama Finals, 3rd Place
Caribbean Airline Invaders
U.W.I SPEC Half Marathon, Award
Top 5 - University Students/ Top 25 - Ladies
Combined Honors Scholarship, Scholarship
Savannah College of Art and Design, for excellence in Portfolio and Academics
Duration of study (2006-2011)
Academy of Art University Summer Portfolio Grant, Grant
75 % tuition awarded for study
Trinidad & Tobago Art Society, Grant
Art Workshop in Fine Arts
Secondary Schools Drama Festival, Honorable Mention
Antagonist --- Ti- Jean & His Brothers
Trinidad & Tobago Music Festival, 1st Place