Nick Grover, an AIT I in CSHQA’s Boise office is currently tasked with creating construction documents to be viewed by clients and coworkers. In school his specializations were concept design, 3D and physical modeling, and production of final renderings. What initially piqued Nick’s interest in architecture was the combining of arts and sciences to form our surroundings. As he continued through school, it became evident how the meshing of these fields required careful decision making and respect to positively impact our day-to-day activities.
“Architectural design revolves around constant collaboration with others, whether that be coworkers or clients. Architecture is almost always designed for humans, so why wouldn’t this interaction with others be the most exciting portion of the project?” The understanding of what makes different typologies in specific settings successful to users and then being able to follow through with a thoughtful design is what keeps Nick’s passion for architecture so strong.
His thesis project, Seattle 2100, revolved around what the waterfront could look like if an extreme 10’ of sea level rise by the year 2100 occurred on the Seattle waterfront. With a predicted influx of both wildlife and human climate migrants to the Seattle area, the project focused on both habitats and how these could positively interact. A nature preserve along the entire coastline was formed based off Chinook Salmon habitats, with human perforations throughout the waterfront, giving the urban back to the natural. The project taught Nick that responsible design was not forcing architecture as the focal point of the project just because he was an architecture student, but instead letting the parameters of the situation determine what the final product would be. In this case landscape became the focal point with architecture as the infrastructure supporting the nature preserve.
Nick enjoys being active throughout the entire year. If you cannot find him playing hockey, he is at the park playing with his dog, hiking the foothills, or getting out of the valley to go snowboarding.
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MArch, University of Idaho, 2020