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Profile

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.

Awards

2015
Active Travel Zone
Commendation, Commercial, Architeam Awards
2015
Active Travel Zone
Commendation, Sustainable, Architeam Awards
2016
Active Travel Zone
Winner, Places Victoria Property Industry Award
2018
Oikos
Dezeen Long List for Inaugural Residential Architecture Prize
2018
Oikos
Finalist, Victorian Premiers Design Awards
2018
Oikos
Finalist, Architeam Residential Awards
2018
Oikos
Winner Architecture Masterprize – Architectural Design, Small Architecture
2018
Oikos
Gold, Residential New Building – International Design Awards
2019
Oikos
Finalist Houses Awards
2019
Oikos
Shortlist, London International Creative Competition, Professional – Architecture
2019
Oikos
Winner, Australian Good Design Award

Team

Brett Robertson

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.

brett@rn-s.com.au
+61 417 035 009

 

David Nicholson

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.

david@rn-s.com.au
+61 407 308 116