Urban Designer

Nicole is interested in the design’s ability to reveal cultural narratives and spatial boundaries. Her undergraduate thesis investigated boundaries between socio-economic communities, examining Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis. She explored how physical boundaries separated communities, yet helped to construct vastly different neighborhood identities. Her capstone project examined the issues facing informal settlements, exploring the spatial organization in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Her approach utilized vernacular construction methods to design controlled material decomposition of soil cement via plant establishment over time. Nicole was nominated as an Olmsted Scholar in 2017 through the Landscape Architecture Foundation and received a ASLA Student Honor Award the same year. Prior to joining SITELAB, Nicole has worked in offices in St. Louis and San Francisco.