Nigel graduated from Edinburgh University in 1988. In 1991, he was a founding partner of Circus Architects and in 1994, the practice won an international housing competition (Europan ’94), building on this success to become one of the leading practices of the ‘loft living’ movement. This led to further success with bars, restaurants, offices, shops and hotels and schemes, varying in size from one-off boutiques to roll-out programmes worldwide – from single bars to continental concessions and from residential extensions to high density city blocks.
Experimental and ground-breaking ideas were given free reign, particularly in the design of mobile architecture, for clients including British Aerospace, Classic fm and the Highland and Islands Arts Board. For the latter, the practice designed a hydraulically unfolding 110 seat mobile cinema; which was awarded Millennium Product status by the Design Council in November 1998.
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