Good design requires an intimate knowledge of the unique people and places that are served by it.
Nicki joined the MASS Kigali office as a Fellow in 2015 after being awarded the Canadian Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners for her research project “Architecture of Refuge”. During her time with MASS, she has participated in several immersion trips, travelling to new project sites around East Africa to conduct workshops and interviews with stakeholders. She has also worked on the design of worker housing on a remote plantation in DR Congo and the masterplans of educational institutions in rural Uganda and Kenya. Prior to joining MASS, Nicki was completing her Master’s design thesis at McGill University School of Architecture in her hometown of Montreal, Canada. Her thesis studied the role of traumatic memory in architecture, re-imagining the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal, the ARCOP/ALCAN Award for its sensitivity to cultural traditions, and the A.F. Dunlop Travel Scholarship which allowed her to continue the research throughout Southeast Asia, finally presenting it at the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.