NK is a full-service architecture firm that focuses on residential and commercial development to promote sustainable, livable cities. The firm is recognized for distinctive design, skill at maximizing a site’s development potential and a track record of producing well-detailed buildings where people want to be.
For more than a decade, developers and landowners have turned to NK because of its ability to guide clients through the development process and increase return on investment. With the foresight to anticipate problems and manage tight schedules, NK has the ability to think like their clients and ensure the end result is different and better.
NK is unique because its diverse team combines strong design with historic renovation and landmark designation experience, development consulting and project rescue expertise.
“NK Architects is one of the top architecture practices in the city.”
– Pete A
Brandon Nicholson is a founding principal of Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects, a Seattle-based firm established in 2004 and known for its focus on sustainable, urban infill housing with projects that scale in range from single-family homes to high-rise towers.
Under Brandon’s leadership, NK’s area of expertise has expanded to include building design, development, urban and neighborhood planning, preservation and adaptive reuse, project rescue, and economic feasibility.
Brandon is actively involved with the City of Seattle as a code advocate, and has been instrumental in obtaining much-needed changes to the city’s land-use codes.
Brandon is the recipient of the AIA’s 2011 Community Service Award.
Brandon chairs the Southwest Seattle Design Review Board and is an elected board member of the West Seattle Junction Association. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Admiral Neighborhood Association.
Shanna is a founding principal of Nicholson Kovalchick Architects and continues to oversee the management and direction of the firm by serving as Vice President of the board. She has been active in advocating for innovative and sustainable multi-family design projects, and she helped to establish the design aesthetic and philosophy of the firm. Shanna is a licensed architect in both Washington and Pennsylvania.
Her diverse educational background includes a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Art & Design and Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Development from the University of Washington. Shanna and Brandon are currently pursuing several of their own development projects through Nic|Chick development company.