Jean-Nicolas is obsessed with the way things work. He comes from a long line of builders, architects and engineers. He grew up between construction sites, architecture offices and shop floors in New York, Berlin, Prague, and Montreal. As soon as he could work he jumped onto construction sites developing a manual knowledge base from foundation work to fine finish carpentry.
Jean-Nicolas studied architecture and industrial design where he further broadened his interest in fabrication and design through material explorations of glass and metalwork at Rhode Island School of Design. During his studies at RISD, he started building furniture, which lead to the design and build of various commercial projects in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island.
Jean-Nicolas has always followed his curiosity which brought him to the research and prototyping for the development of medical devices with a research lab at Rhode Island hospital and designing ergonomics for machines in production lines for the automobile and aeronautical manufacturing industry back in Montreal.
He could not stop exploring the way things were made which lead him to explore digital fabrication workflows informed by a manual know how in a master’s in robotics and advanced construction from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Jean-Nicolas has recently come to Hooke Park and takes great solace in finding a new home in the experimental playground of the Hooke Park forest.