Hi! I am Laura Nica. I am a prize-winning Architect, Digital Designer and Lecturer,
with specialisms in computational design and digital fabrication, based in London.
+ As founder of Laura Nica Studio, I work as a sole-trader, focusing on bespoke private residential projects, new buildings and small commercial developments across the UK. From conversions and extensions to restorations and new installations, I craft closely with my clients to produce unique, efficient and desirable spaces. I offer a full range of design & architectural services from feasibility to completion on projects ranging in size, location and program, as well as material testing and prototyping.
+ I am a fully qualified, UK Registered Architect (ARB - 094629J) with over 7 years of experience having previously worked in various architectural practices in the United Kingdom, Mauritius and Bahrein. My experience covers a wide range of projects, mainly focused on residential schemes (high-end private homes, medium to large housing schemes), mixed-use developments (changes of use, commercial and hospitality properties), infrastructure projects (bridges) and large-scale regenerative masterplans. Some past offices I have worked at include: Foster + Partners, Wilkinson Eyre, dRMM & Marek Wojciechowski Architects.
+ Currently, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster (London), co-tutoring Design Studio 18
(a Master Degree Studio in Architecture) - with focus on helping students with creative & complex briefs, Computational Fluid Dynamics workshops, encouraging digital experimentation & model-making studies. The studio is generally interested in climate change, the use of data and computational processes to inform spaces & design, in the age of the Anthropocene.
Part-time teaching other modules such as: Material Studies (2023) & Year 1 Technical Studies (2021). Thesis supervisor (2023) at Bartlett, School of Architecture UCL, for Bio-ID, a degrees integrate biotechnology, advanced computation and fabrication to create a radically new and sustainable built environment.
+ Currently, a PhD/Doctoral Researcher candidate in Architecture. With research interests in digital archival procedures, pre/post digital apparatuses and models, and architectural interfaces. (In collaboration with the Zaha Hadid Foundation).
+ For over 3 years, I worked as a Fabrication Lab Assistant, part of the University of Westminster, getting involved in many fabrication projects using 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling machine and robotic prototyping models.
+ Over the past years, I helped build temporary wooden structures and gain valuable construction skills and detailing abilities. Some include: KREOD Pavilion, Tangential Dream, Light Pollination, The Rolling Pub & The Wooden Rhythms.