Alex Nicholls (Sydney, Australia 1985) founded OFFICE A.N in 2017 after working for renowned international architecture practices in Australia, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Between 2009-2017 Alex worked for the offices of Massimilano Fuksas in Rome, Guillermo Vazquez Consuegra in Seville as well as Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners and Alison Brooks Architects in London. His diverse experience crosses a variety of building scales and typologies from individual domestic projects to large-scale public infrastructure and cultural projects. 

He graduated with honours in 2008 from the Masters in Architecture at the University of Sydney receiving the CHL Turner Memorial Prize and an International Exchange Scholarship for a semester spent at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 he graduated from the Bachelor of Design in Architecture with various accolades including the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, New South Wales Chapter Prize and the Elizabeth Munroe prize for the highest weighted average mark.

The practice aspires to create spatially intriguing architecture with clear forms, refined proportions and surprising geometries and experiences. With a careful crafting of mass and void as well as control of light and views, each space created aims to be a pleasure to use, functional and durable and with an atmosphere conducive to its programme. Each project is approached individually and rigorously, to maximise the potential of the site, the brief and the budget. Cohesion is a key agenda, creating buildings in response to their context, with cohesion from the building concept to the construction detail, from the form to the structural solution, from the materiality to the built and natural landscape. Finally sustainability, both passive and high-tech as well as creating a socially responsible architecture is core to the offices principles.


2016 Architectural Association Practice and Practical Experience Examination (ARB/RIBA Part 3)

2015 Architects Registration Board - Part 1 and Part 2 Equivalency

2006-2008 Master of Architecture - Honours, University of Sydney

2008 Spring Semester Abroad, University of California, Berkeley

2003-2005 Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Sydney 


2016-2018 Senior Architect;  Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners, London, United Kingdom

T3 Taiwan Airport, Taipei

Research and Development of Modular Housing Systems and Construction

2014-2016 Project Architect; Alison Brooks Architects, London, United Kingdom

Windward House, Gloucestershire

Kilburn Quater, London

East Parkside, London

2011-2013 Architectural Assistant Vázquez Consuegra, Seville, Spain

Centro Cultural Atarazanas, Sevilla

Gardnes of the Hospital, Valencia

Various Competitions including the awarded:

2009-2011 Architectural Assistant Fuksas, Rome, Italy

Shenzen Bao'an International Airport

Various Product Designs for Iguzzini and Alessi

Montecatini Termes, Bathouse Tuscany, Italy

2006-2007 Architectural Assistant, Denton Corker Marshall, Melbourne

Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Manchester

Australian War Memorial, Canberra


2017 4th Place - Warming Huts Competition, Canada
2016 Honorable Mention - Pavilion for Museum of Childhood, London
2011 Honorable Mention - Police Station Murcia, Spain Competition
2009 Design Now exhibition at Object Gallery, Sydney and Melbourne Museum
2009 CHL Turner Memorial Prize in Architectural Design, For excellence in architectural design in the Graduation Studio
2008 International Exchange Scholarship. In recognition of selection to attend University of California Berkeley
2008 Finalist in the Reece Bathroom Innovation Award

2008 Arch-inform exhibition at the Tin-Sheds Gallery, Sydney
2007 Sculpture by the Sea - Bondi to Tamarama, Inclusion, Material Sponsorship, and Site Specific Grant
2007 Sculptures Inside selected for exhibition inside the Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
2007 University of Sydney Scholarship, For Graduate Programs Entry Award
2007 Finalist in the Reece Bathroom Innovation Award
2007 Runner-Up Bates Smart Award for Architectural Design
2006 NSW Royal Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Prize, For a Graduate of the Bachelor of Design in Architecture
2006 Disparallel spaces exhibition at Tin Sheds Gallery
2005 Elizabeth Munro Prize for Highest Weighted Average Mark for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture

2005 Deans List of Excellence in Academic Performance
2004 First Prize State of New South Wales Architecture Superstudio Competition
2004-2008 Deans List of Excellence in Academic Performance

ARB Registration Number: 086964c

RIBA Chartered Architect Number: 20023248

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