Nicola Read is Deputy Director of the London School of Architecture. She joined in September 2016. She has taught a postgraduate studio in architectural design since 2011 and she has lectured and taught in numerous schools of architecture including: the University of Cambridge, Nottingham University, the Bartlett UCL, the Royal College of Art, London Metropolitan and IAU Venice.
Previously she was Course Leader of Postgraduate Architecture Courses at the Kingston University’s School of Architecture and Landscape. There she was responsible for overseeing the one-year MA in Architecture and two-year ARB/RIBA accredited Part 2 MArch course.
In 2014 she was awarded a £40,000 AHRC grant as part of the ‘Home Improvements’ research project. This was a collaborative knowledge exchange project between Kingston University, the University of Sheffield, the University of Edinburgh and Taylor Wimpey. The project resulted in the design primer Public Realm in Volume House building: a Street Primer.
In 2010, she founded the 8.15 Agency. The practice works with real projects and places to explore work structured around a range of themes such as: events in the void, scenographies, narrative, ritual, spectacle, collectivity and play. One of the core principles of the 8.15 Agency is collaboration and working in partnership with others or building multidisciplinary teams to address situations/briefs. Clients include: Historic Royal Palaces, British Museum, Covent Garden, National Theatre, National Trust, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The University of Cambridge, Victoria & Albert Museum, Waltham Forest Council and Home Live Art.
Most recently Nicola has designed and founded an event, retail and co-working space, Host, in a typical London high street shop in East London from where she runs her practice.
Nicola read architecture at the University of Cambridge and London Metropolitan University. She has worked in practice for Hopkins Architects, Pentagram, Burd Haward, DRDH and ARU with Florian Beigel.