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Nicole is an Assistant Professor in Architecture + Interiors and a principal in the research practice lutz/koltick. She is the Director of the Design Futures Lab where she leads a graduate research group in critical design practices and speculative proposals focused on three main areas of inquiry; tangible interaction in the built environment, the incorporation of novel advancements in science and computation into our built environments and new models for ambient communication. Nicole teaches a variety of seminars that explore advanced computational strategies for design and fabrication within the built environment. She pursues a diverse trans-disciplinary collaborative research agenda that seeks to synthesize and explore a variety of ideas and methodologies in the service of novel design narratives and outcomes.
Nicole’s current research interests include: future speculation, robotics, computation, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, speculative realism and interactive environments. Nicole is interested in exploring the boundaries between technology, science, the “natural”, the built environment and its inhabitants. Nicole works with complex and fantastical narratives as well as multi-agent systems and advanced computational strategies to envision new landscapes, environments and territories for inhabitation. Nicole is currently working on a project concerned with aesthetic data taxonomy and the documentation of place as well as several near future design scenarios for exhibition. Nicole regularly writes on issues pertaining to these interests and she has recently completed papers on the aesthetics of emergence, artificial intelligence and aesthetics, issues of materiality and agency in the future, transdisciplinary design methodologies and speculative realist approaches to very large organizations. Nicole has been published recently in VOLUME, fresh punches and the lab has been featured on thecreator'sproject, suckerpunch, Architizer, dezeen, fast company and other technology and design blogs.