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Nicholas Cecchi

Nicholas Cecchi

Chicago, IL, US

 

About 

Nicholas Cecchi is an architect born in Denver and educated in New Orleans. Following completion of his degree, he worked briefly in single-family residential architecture before leading the design department of a Denver-based boutique architectural and sculptural design and fabrication studio for three years. This time provided invaluable experience in computation, digital and analog fabrication techniques, material properties, and the opportunity to build numerous experimental projects. In 2014, Nicholas moved to Chicago to apply his skills to projects in mixed-use commercial, master-planning, and educational architecture.

Nicholas believes architecture must not merely frame people's lives, but participate in and anticipate the drastic changes taking place in our society, technology, and environment. He seeks to integrate the traditionally segregated domains of academic and professional practice, fabrication and design, criticism and praxis, while participating in an ongoing dialogue with the public who must experience architecture daily. Nicholas is a published architecture writer, contributing to various leading publications, serving on academic reviews, and writing a regular column of criticism for Chicago-based independent newspaper New City. He has served as a guest lecturer and co-instructor for 3rd and 5th year design studios at Illinois Institute of Technology, and continues to contribute lectures, writings, and exercises to other professor's studios. Nicholas tries to give back through service-oriented design projects, volunteer work, and community organizations.

He strongly dislikes writing in the third person.

Nicholas's Featured Articles on Archinect

Aranda\Lasch's 'Trace Elements' Outlines the Seeds of Their Design Process, Tue, Apr 10 '18

The past decade has witnessed the canonization of a new type of architectural publication, the anti-monograph. This type of book could be defined as an early retrospective publication of a working architect on the architectural avant-garde. Unlike the traditional monograph which collects and ...

Aranda\Lasch's 'Trace Elements' Outlines the Seeds of Their Design Process
 

"African Modernism: Architecture of Independence" showcases a history of no easy answers, Sun, Mar 27 '16

"African Modernism: The Architecture of Independence" is a sprawling and immersive exhibition that uses every inch of available gallery space at Chicago’s Graham Foundation. Curated by Manuel Herz with input for this particular exhibition by Sarah Herda, head of Graham Foundation ...

'African Modernism: Architecture of Independence' showcases a history of no easy answers
 

Procedural Geometry: an interview with Aranda\Lasch, Tue, Dec 22 '15

Since founding Aranda\Lasch in 2003, Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch have pursued their own uncompromising vision of architectural practice. Driven by computation and a fascination bordering on obsession with process, Aranda\Lasch has turned out some of the most exceptional architectural geometry ...

Procedural Geometry: an interview with Aranda\Lasch
 

The motley life and uncertain legacy of Lina Bo Bardi, Mon, May 4 '15

Lina Bo Bardi: Together is not, and does not attempt to be, the definitive collection of Lina Bo Bardi’s work, but rather an examination of her life, influences, and motivations for producing her timeless architecture and enduring contributions to Brazilian, particularly Bahian, culture.

The motley life and uncertain legacy of Lina Bo Bardi
 

Inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Celebrates Theory and Practice with an Evening of Dinner, Drinks and Talk, Sun, Nov 2 '14

The Illinois Institute of Technology recently hosted the first ever Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize. Unique among the current proliferation of architecture prizes, the $50,000 MCHAP was initiated by dean and prominent Architect Wiel Arets to celebrate the best of architecture in both ...

Inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Celebrates Theory and Practice with an Evening of Dinner, Drinks and Talk
 

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