nicholas proia cecchi architecture
Creating exceptional spaces with unparalleled attention to detailing, materials and execution.
Nicholas is an architect born and raised in the west suburbs of Denver, Colorado. He was educated in New Orleans, attaining Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Architecture from Tulane University. Following this, he worked in single-family residential architecture before leading the design department of a Denver-based boutique design and fabrication studio for three years. This time provided invaluable experience in advanced fabrication techniques, material properties, and collaboration with skilled fabricators. The experience built upon formative experiences working summers on job sites through high school and university as the son of a journeyman carpenter.
In 2014, Nicholas moved to Chicago to apply his skills to projects in multifamily residential, mixed-use commercial, and educational architecture. Following nearly a decade of successful practice in Chicago, he left the city in 2022 to slow-travel the world in a sustainable way while learning from the architectural and craft traditions of diverse cultures and environments.
Nicholas is a published architecture writer, having contributed to leading publications on topics of urbanism, planning, and architectural criticism. He frequently serves on academic reviews and as a guest lecturer at various institutions. He has taught Design Communication as well as served as a co-instructor for undergraduate and graduate level Design Studios at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Nicholas possesses expertise at a range of design scales and project types. He is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois and holds an NCARB certificate.
Services offered include the following:
Residential Design Services, including renovation and new construction
Product Design, including custom furniture, lighting, and fixtures
Commercial Design Services for Retail, Mixed-Use, and Office typologies
Design of Secondary and Higher-Education Projects
Project-based Contract work for established architectural offices
Exhibitions & Awards
Nicholas Cecchi's work has been exhibited at galleries in Denver, Chicago, and online.
His product designs, Luminaire le Roc and Vase le Roc, as well as Triangulated Depths, a quilt designed in collaboration with his partner, Emily Handley, were featured in Functional Objects by Architects, a partner program of the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial.
His projects have received numerous awards, including AIA Honor Awards at local, state, and national levels, as well as industry and material-specific awards for exceptional use of concrete and timber.
Nicholas has worked both independently and with renowned architecture firms and artists on a range of project types. Across residential design, commercial design, and product design including furniture and lighting, he specializes in creating exceptional spaces with unparalleled attention to detailing, materials and execution.
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN WORK SAMPLES
COMMERCIAL DESIGN WORK SAMPLES
Vaulted Willow // With THEVERYMANY and Demiurge LLC
Hypar Tie Clip
Void Jewelry Box
Seating // With TuSA
Downhill Race Skateboard
Generative Quilt // With Emily Handley
Milled Security Gate // With LJC
Vase Le Roc
Table le Roc
Table le Roc en serie
Untitled // With Joe Riche
Regional Design Award // With Gensler
Luminaire le Roc
Bike Rack // With TuSA
Lunch Lines // With TuSA
Writing & Lectures
Nicholas is a widely published architecture writer. He has contributed to various leading publications including Architect's Newspaper, Archinect, and Chicago Architect. From 2016-2020, he wrote a regular column of architectural criticism for Chicago-based independent newspaper New City.
He has prepared and presented lectures on academic topics, architectural practice, writing as a creative practice for architects, mass timber, and complex architectural geometry to varied audiences, including the American Institute of Architecture Students, design studios at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and industry trade groups.
He has been a frequent guest on colleague Keefer Dunn's long-running architecture radio show, Buildings On Air, and has also spoken on air for the Wayne Beson show with Chicago Progressive Talk Radio.
line drawn on paper
sketching is more than looking
now truly seeing