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Alan Nicholson

Member Since: December 10, 1996

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Alan Nicholson Design Studio


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Primary Email: alan@andesignstudio.com

About Alan Nicholson

Alan Nicholson established the Design Studio in 2005 as a multidisciplinary building and environmental design practice in Northern California. Our experience ranges through commercial multi-family housing new contemporary houses residential remodels and additions to innovative offices galleries arts installations and furniture. With a focus on contemporary residential and light commercial environments the Design Studio is a small personalized architecture and design practice working with an emphasis on the honest use and expression of materials.

We believe that every project has the potential for great architecture to be created when it is derived from sensitivity to the clients’ goals and the context of the site. With years of hands on experience in architecture and building and possessing a broad knowledge of design history materials and fabrication; our projects have a unique expression of detail and craft.


The office philosophically and aesthetically expresses modernist traditions while working very closely with our clients to thoroughly understand their needs and to develop solutions that are unique and appropriate responses to the constraints and opportunities of the project. This approach integrates function art and context in an effort to create a poetic statement within the practical constraints of our projects turning the apparent limitations of budget codes and other design restrictions to positive architectural experience.


Our commitment is to create an enduring architecture which reveals the client’s dreams connects the natural and human world and revitalizes communities through a sense of design integrity. Our office approaches each project as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry and expression of materials and the spaces created within the built environment.

We have become a resource for finding creative and unique solutions to the most difficult budgets and programs. Careful consideration is given to the appropriateness of design choices in terms of context program and construction as well as the quality of life for clients and the larger community we live in.

Our goal is to leverage the latest thinking and balance need with a conscious effort to step lightly on earth. We commit to lead by asking is it good for people good for society good for the environment and does it inspire?