Robert Nichol and sons are Architects in Collingwood. We are Brett Robertson and David Nicholson (plus Stella the Jack Russell). We’ve been around for more than 17 years.
We work out of a small shared office in Collingwood which suits our business well and ties us to the community. It allows us to work small so we can get to know our clients even better.
Usually we work across a few homes a year, and one or two non-residential projects where the client shares our principles.
Our approach to design is to focus on the things that matter, the things that make us happy; wellness architecture, sustainability, yoga, all things food, keeping fit, our dogs, visiting amazing places and contributing to the community.
We are not like a lot of other architects and we don’t try to be. We love what we do and believe the process, the journey and the final result should bring pleasure. Designing and building a home should not be a stressful experience. If you feel the same way, let’s have a chat. We’re very easy to talk to, especially over a cup of tea.
Brett trained in Fine Art and Design at RMIT completing a Graduate Degree majoring in Sculpture, Ceramics and Painting. Following this he established an illustrious studio practice whilst lecturing and over 16 years exhibited both nationally and internationally winning numerous awards and had pieces acquired for more than 20 public collections.
Architecture was a constant throughout his studios and eventually became an extension of his 3D work which led to a change in his career.
Brett continually seeks an exploration of form and natural materials believing that our homes need not be conformist or repetitive – that architecture should embellish our lives and be a reflection of who we are.
David has a diverse and broad range of experiences in his architectural practice in both Australia and overseas. Upon graduating from Deakin in 1994 he set off to work in Singapore and Malaysia for the next six years gaining valuable cross cultural and industry experiences. Through this developed excellent communication skills and patience along with a strong self-motivational approach to work.
Having worked for numerous Melbourne based firms he developed a thorough knowledge of documentation and the various programs used. Work included projects with both Docklands Authority and Heritage Victoria, and a range of other varied clients.
David has achieved specialist knowledge in Master Planning working on major projects such as Coburg Hill, and is a Green Star Associate for the Green Building Council of Australia. He is also a long term member of Architeam and has been registered with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria since 2002.