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Nicolette Mastrangelo studied industrial design before beginning formal architectural training at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Michigan in 2003 and completed her Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning degrees at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. Nicolette was a John K. Branner Fellowship recipient in 2009 for her proposal entitled The Untested City: unprecedented urbanism and the performance of new public space. During the 12 month fellowship, she researched new cities and contemporary public space practices in 17 countries around the world. This research led directly to the focus of her master’s thesis: The Execution of Monumental Vision and the Production of Public Space in the new capital city and former soviet republic of Astana, Kazakhstan.
Nicolette has worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago (including a summer internship at the San Francisco office) for approximately three years. Among multinational projects and competitions, she collaborated on Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building (Dubai); Zhongshan International Exhibition Center (China); National Planning and Development Guidelines for the Kingdom of Bahrain; and urban and architectural design for King Abdullah Economic City (Saudi Arabia). In 2007, she was Design Tasks Manager at the Berkeley group for Architecture and Planning [BgAP] for Nanocity, the first 300 acres of a new high-tech and sustainable city in northern India.
Design work from untested city was exhibited at the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale “Open City: Designing Co-existence” in 2009 and as the winner of the “Re-envisioned Mixed-Use” category at the ICSC Future Image Architecture Competition 2010 Convention in Las Vegas.
Currently, Nicolette is expanding her academic experience as a design instructor for an introductory architecture studio in Berkeley and experimenting with the limits of rapid prototyping.