Nicole Chiu

Nicole Chiu

Los Angeles, CA



Hello! My name is Nicole.  I'm currently a fourth year at the Rhode Island School of Design studying Architecture.  My passions lay in the conceptualization and hands on processes that architecture education has to offer.  Recently, I have been very interested in plaster casting, modeling with wood, and other opportunities that allow realizations to come as close to 1:1 scale when appropriate.  

I also love to draw and have been working with hybridizing analog and digital media as the finesse of a hand cannot match the precision of a computer, the two together create an undeniable harmony.  

Writing has become an unexpected recent passion and meditation that I have become very thankful for.  And has become an important part of my working process.  

This semester I am working with python script and pen plotting drawings that may or may not be deemed architectural.  The urgency of converting digital grows exponentially and sometimes this automated process is much to ahead of its time.  



X Act Ltd., Hong Kong, HK, Conceptual Design Intern

Aided in the conceptual stages of an upcoming project in Central, Hong Kong. Also aided in the visualisation of small scale interior and exterior spaces. Was able to see workflow from detail to built and worked closely with the careful attention needed to maximize square footage and comfort.

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

MLA Architects Ltd., Hong Kong, HK, Architectural Intern

Worked with a small team of designers whose main project was located in Kowloon. A commercial tower in the midst of construction and nearing their fourth year of the project was able to contribute to programatic organization as well as facade design.

Jun 2013 - Jul 2013

KNA Design, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Interior Design Intern

Creating and organizing proposed interior fabrics on swatch boards, office organization

Jun 2011 - Jul 2011

Modative, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Model Making for proposed projects, on-site visits of realised projects, insight of the design process as well as ideas of iterative processes, organizing archival information, sense of range of information that needs to be conveyed through a small but powerful workforce of three

Apr 2010 - May 2010


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2010 - current

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