D. S. Nicholas RA, AIA, NCARB

D.S. Nicholas
Assistant Teaching Professor, Director Sustainability in the Built Environment Minor
URBN Center, 4A20F
Phone: 215-571-4432

Currently on faculty full-time at Drexel University in the Department of Architecture + Interiors, D.S. Nicholas is a hybrid practitioner. A registered architect and artist who lives and works in Philadelphia; Professor Nicholas instructs Graduate and Undergraduate Interiors Students. In addition to overseeing the Sustainability in the Built Environment Minor at Drexel, Professor Nicholas teaches interdisciplinary immersive courses centered around material and making processes. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, she received her MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts. Her research is done under the name Reactive Space Studio, she is also the owner of On Deign LLC a design practice specializing in residential interiors, storefront revitalization, space planning and adaptive reuse. Ms. Nicholas has taught architecture and design for 14 years at various schools including: Temple University, Drexel University, and Philadelphia University. She has been a critic at the University of Pennsylvania, University of the Arts and Gallaudet University. She has presented research works at both national and international conferences and most recently, she presented at the Interior Design Educator Association's annual conference in Perth, Australia. Her current research practice is focused on participatory and collaborative design practice; environmental analysis and fabrication methods. RE_Active Space Studio is a collaborative environment in which installation artworks, performance and small design build architecture projects are explored. This work is often situated in the urban environment and seeks to be materially experimental. The work is often created as collaboration with students, non-profits and other artists. The comprised body of installations, community projects and two dimensional artworks is part of Professor Nicholas’ research and creative practice

Professional Societies:
STAR Student Mentor
DCAE Faculty Learning Community
DSH Advisory Committee