Nicholas Chelko

Nicholas Chelko

New York, NY, US



Urban design, architecture and research


Helpern Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Jan 2012 - current

Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY, US, Part-Time Faculty

Dec 2011 - current

Michael Bell | Eunjeong Seong | Visible Weather, New York, NY, US, Urban Designer; Project Manager

Participated in urban research and design under Michael Bell and Eunjeong Seong for the redesign of a Tampa suburb seeking new models of exurban living in response to the American foreclosure crisis; Project manager for final presentation model; all work to be shown in the forthcoming MoMA exhibit “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream”

May 2011 - Oct 2011

Safdie Architects, Somerville, MA, US, Junior Architect

Assisted senior architects with the development of architectural drawings from schematic design through construction documentation, prepared presentation drawings and renderings, participated in the production of international competition submissions

Jun 2008 - Apr 2009


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, MSc in Architecture and Urban Design

Jun 2010 - May 2011

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, BArch, 5-yr Professional NAAB Accredited

Jun 2003 - May 2008


Graduate Kinne Fellowships, Columbia University, GSAPP, Grant

Graduate Kinnes are awarded on the merit of proposals submitted. However, a student's academic record may be taken into consideration by the committee to assure that the candidate is generally responsible and can be expected to carry out the proposal he or she submitted.


Honor Award for Excellence in Design, Columbia University, GSAPP, Award

This prize is awarded at graduation to students in recognition of high quality work in the design studios during their entire program of studies at Columbia.


College Award for Creative Achievement, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Award

This award was established by Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, to recognize students who exemplify the objectives of the College with respect to enhancement of the arts. Consideration for this award shall be given to all undergraduate students (preferably seniors) of the College of Arts and Architecture who have proven themselves over an extended period of time.


The John Stewardson Memorial Competition in Architecture, 2nd Place

A competition between all graduating seniors from accredited schools of architecture in the state of Pennsylvania. The winner will pursue the study of architecture in a foreign county(s). If the winner is not able to begin travel within one year of the award, the managing committee will award the prize to the designated runner-up (2nd place).


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