Nicolas Pappas

Nicolas Pappas

Los Angeles, CA, US



A project manager whose work  blurs the boundaries between architecture, art, design, and fabrication. I studied architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I graduated Magna cum laude with a B.Arch degree. During my education I interned with several highly renowned architecture and design firms including Morphosis, Eric Owen Moss, Ball-Nogues Studio, SPaCe Architects, and IwamotoScott. Upon graduation I went to work for Gensler in Los Angeles as an architectural designer in their Commercial Office Building & Institutional design studio. I worked on a wide mix of projects from smaller renovations such as the lobby of the U.S. Bank Tower to mega high-rise developments like Metropolis, both in downtown Los Angeles. I also spent time working in the Hospitality design studio on large hotels and resorts for Hard Rock, Marriott, and Mayfair. Through my work I pursue the synthesis of digital design and physical craft to create projects that exceed the imagination. I have an obsessive desire to create works of beauty, regardless of the medium, scale, or situation. I believe that through good design we have the power to enhance the way we see and interact with the world and others. 


Arktura LLC, Gardena, CA, US, Project Manager

Apr 2017 - current

Gensler, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Developed designs through all phases with digital & physical presentation materials and technical documentation.
select projects:
Hard Rock Hotel Cancun: SD-DD
Historic Mayfair Hotel Renovation: CDs
Biola University, Center for Science, Technology & Health: DD-CD
US Bank Tower Renovation: DD-CD
Metropolis: SD-DD

Jul 2012 - Aug 2016

Morphosis Architects, Culver City, CA, US, Intern

Digital and physical modeling for large mixed-use project

Mar 2012 - Mar 2012

Eric Owen Moss Architects, Culver City, CA, US, Intern

Crafted physical presentation models for a creative office project

Mar 2012 - Mar 2012

Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Digital design coordination and construction of a public art sculpture

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

SPaCe Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Interior specs and CDs for a 8,500 sqft Beverly Hills residential remodel

Jan 2011 - Jun 2011

IwamotoScott Architecture, San Francisco, CA, US, Intern

DD-CDs for a digitally fabricated custom steel screen

Oct 2010 - Dec 2010


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Magna cum laude

Sep 2007 - Jun 2012


International Festival of Art & Construction // Sunshade Competition, 1st Place


Architecture for Humanity Chicago // Street Furniture Competition, Honorable Mention


Areas of Specialization