After studying architecture at Stuttgart University, Nikolai worked as a Project Director at Adjaye Associates and a Project Architect at Michael Squire and Partners in London. Whilst at Adjaye Associates, he was responsible for the delivery of public projects such as the Rivington Place Arts Centre in Shoreditch, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo as well as Tower Hamlets’ new Idea Stores. These projects were included in a number of architectural biennales and the Idea Store Whitechapel was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2006.
As Partner at Delvendahl Martin, Nikolai has led some of the practice’s key arts and retail projects from inception to delivery. These include the refurbishment of the Bow Arts complex including the Nunnery Gallery, the exhibition design of the Gwangju Biennale, a flagship store for Bottega Veneta on Old Bond Street, and a collaboration with artist Carsten Holler at the Hayward Gallery.
Nikolai taught at London Metropolitan University and was appointed as a Design Fellow at Cambridge University in 2008. He currently sits on the Design Review Panel of the London Borough of Hackney.
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