After studying architecture and urban design at Stuttgart University, Nikolai worked as a Project Director at Adjaye Associates and as 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 is responsible for leading key projects within the practice from inception to delivery and provides overall design direction. He combines 25 years of construction experience with an extensive track record of exhibition and gallery design.
Recent key projects include Wick First, a mixed use regeneration project in Hackney Wick, RAW Labs at Royal Albert Wharf, the exhibition Design for La Biennale di Venezia 2019, Eco-Visionaries at the Royal Academy and The Infinite Mix at 180 The Strand.
Nikolai taught at London Metropolitan University and was appointed as a Design Fellow at Cambridge University in 2008 where he has been teaching an undergraduate design studio with Eric Martin. He was a member of the London Borough Hackney's Design Review Panel from 2013 to 2020 and currently sits on the Barking and Dagenham Quality Review Panel.View on Linkedin