Nicolas Martin is a designer at Plan A, where he has worked since the firm's inception in 2015. Previously, Martin worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City; at Perkins Eastman in Mumbai; and at La Oficina del Historiador in Havana. He has worked on a variety of projects in North America, Europe, and Asia, ranging from a 1,000-acre master plan development for a new government sponsored education hub in Bhutan, to a 600-foot headquarters tower in Shenzhen, China, to a LEED Gold new business school in Arizona that won the AZRE magazine RED Award: Best Public Project.
While a Cornell student Martin was the recipient of numerous awards including the AIA Henry Adams Medal, and the Robert James Eidlitz Travel Fellowship to study architecture innovation in Iran. He remains involved with academia. In addition to having taught a Summer College Introduction to Architecture Course at Cornell, he has been a guest critic at Cornell, Pratt University, and Rizvi College in Mumbai. In 2015, he returned to Iran to study architectural innovation under a second Robert James Eidlitz Travel Fellowship.
Of his time at Cornell Martin says, "AAP's eclectic group of professors, each with their own expertise and philosophy, helped prepare me to be adaptable and open-minded when it comes to tackling international design assignments." He also cherishes his interdisciplinary studies, in particular, his work with the Cornell Automotive X-Prize Team, which inspired his approach to architectural innovation and team problem solving.
"As the sole architect in a 60-person team comprised almost exclusively of engineers, it was exhilarating to absorb so much new knowledge from different vocations," he says. "Bringing different skill sets together and working in unison through failure and success was an invaluable experience."
Currently, Martin is engaged in both researching and leading experimental fabrication and interdisciplinary design innovation.