Nicholas Mattia

Nicholas Mattia

Chicago, IL, US

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Nick is a third year graduate student pursuing a Master's of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Architecture. After receiving his Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Virginia, where he studied Italian Studies and Economics, he came to Chicago where he will receive his Master's in Architecture this May 2019.   

Nick has 2 years of experience with the Disabilities & Human Development Department of UIC designing home modifications for disabled clients throughout the state of Illinois. He has thorough understanding of ADA codes and compliance. Nick also works as a student facilitator at his university's fabrication lab where he manages daily logistical operations, assists, teaches, and consults students regarding 3D fabrication (3D printing and laser cutting). He has extensive experience with 3D printing software and hardware, laser cutting machinery, and digital fabrication.  

Nick is interested in speculative design and creative concepts that challenge the traditional. He has international, professional, and competition experience and is proficient in both Italian and German.


UIC Fabrication Lab, Chicago, Lab Specialist

Manage daily logistical operations and scheduling of fabrication lab
Assist, teach, and consult students regarding 3D fabrication (3D printing and laser cutting)

Aug 2018 - current

UIC Assistive Technology Unit, Chicago, IL, Graduate Assistant

Design, develop, and produce scaled drawings (floor plans, occasional elevations)
Collate and process specification packets and product searches
Perform field sketches during home assessments for disability home modifications

May 2017 - current

G. Goldberg + Associates, Chicago, IL, Fabrication Assistant

Execute fabrication of model of unbuilt proposal
Project: Night World, FL (Bertrand Goldberg, 1979)

Sep 2018 - Jan 2019

Norman Kelley LLC, Chicago, IL, Freelance Architectural Assistant

Chicago Architectural Biennial: Designed and produced digital objects and scale figures
Project Title: Morning Cleaning, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona (1999), View from Above (2017)

State Street: Documented, digitally modeled, and created a comprehensive floor plan with interior elevations of all existing conditions in apartment.

Jul 2017 - Aug 2017


University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Master's of Architecture

Jul 2017 - May 2019

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, BArch, Italian Studies & Economics

Aug 2012 - May 2016


South Chicago Underline Competition, 1st Place

In partnership with the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce & UIC Great Cities Institute
Proposals for revitalization and preservation of South Chicago Commercial District


Faculty Choice Award, Award

Student Year End Show Exhibition: UIC Nominated Student Exhibition that showcases year’s best work across all graduate and undergraduate studios.


Areas of Specialization