Nick Kahler

Nick Kahler

Atlanta, GA, US



Architect / Artist / Writer



Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York, NY, US, Architect

Architect in the Health + Science practice area, working on projects ranging from complex renovations with additions to feasibility studies to site-specific sculptural installations.

Feb 2017 - current

HOK, Atlanta, GA, US, Architect

Architect in the Science + Technology architecture practice area, working on projects ranging from comprehensive programming of buildings to large scale campus master plans.

Jun 2015 - Feb 2017

Lord Aeck Sargent, a Katerra Company, Atlanta, GA, US, Intern Architect

Intern architect in the education and science divisions, working on projects ranging from detail design of buildings to large scale campus master plans.

Aug 2012 - Jun 2015

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, GA, US, Volunteer Intern

Collaborating with Mr. Scogin and the Local Artists “Lucky Penny” Group Daily on Realized Experimental Dance Black Box Set Design for DramaTech Theatre at Georgia Tech

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Presented a series of lectures to a class of 130 undergraduate students on architecture and urban design; Tutored for a class of 130 graduate and undergraduate students in writing; Researched Various Texts on Dwelling and the Survey of Architectural History.

Aug 2010 - Jan 2012

Portman Architects, Atlanta, GA, US, Model Fabricator

Oversaw the fabrication and presentation of models for a variety of projects ranging from the scale of individual buildings to master plans.

Aug 2011 - Sep 2011


Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, MArch, Architecture

The M Arch Program is the professional program in architecture leading to the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture Degree. I have focused on History, Theory, and Criticism, especially how design engages its social and political context, and have used digital technology extensively in studio and other core and elective courses.

Aug 2009 - May 2012

Davidson College, Davidson, NC, US, Bachelors, History

After satisfying the core requirements at a liberal-arts school without an Architecture program, I shifted my attention directly to Architecture History. I traveled abroad to Europe and South America to gain insight on various modes of design, historical and contemporaneous, and to improve my Spanish, in which I minored as well.

Aug 2005 - May 2009


Portman Prize, Honorable Mention

"In order to encourage student accomplishment and excellence in the integration of technical considerations as a key constituent of the design process, the Portman Prize will be awarded by a jury comprised of the Portman Visiting Critic as jury chair; representatives of the firm of John Portman & Associates; and other invited participants. Students will be advanced to the final jury stage through a prior juried selection process. The final jury will award ranked prizes each carrying monetary awards. The top prize winner will also be offered a summer internship in the office of John Portman & Associates. Should the top winner be unable to accept the summer internship for any reason, then that offer will defer to the second or third place winner."


John William Sandeford Memorial Fellowship, Scholarship

"The income of the fund is used to support the education of graduate or undergraduate students majoring in Architecture at Georgia Tech. The Director of the Architecture Program at Georgia Tech, with the approval of the Dean of the College of Architecture, shall select annually one or more students currently or formally residing in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), a 15-county area consisting of Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren, Washington, and Wilkes Counties in the State of Georgia, and Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, and McCormick Counties in the State of South Carolina. Recipients, who will receive a stipend provided by income allocated from the endowment, will be determined on the basis of academic performance and professional promise. Should this pool of potential candidates fail to yield a qualified recipient, then selection may be made from among graduate or undergraduate architecture students residing inside the State of Georgia , but outside the Atlanta Standard Metropolitan Area."


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