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Nicola Blake is an architect at Cambridge-based architecture and urban design practice 5th Studio, where she is currently leading several decarbonisation and retrofit projects for university estates. Previous projects include high street and public realm regeneration with a focus on community engagement and co-design.

Nicola previously worked at David Kohn Architects on a new university quad, the residential retrofit of an agricultural shed and new market halls for Birmingham.

She was recently part of a team researching the implications of the ‘workhome’ for housing space standards, hosted by the Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies at London Metropolitan University, and worked on the publication of ‘Housing Space Use in the Pandemic and After: The Case for New Design Guidance.’ She has presented independent research projects at conferences at Kingston University and London Metropolitan University.

Nicola completed her bachelors at the University of Cambridge, before graduating with Distinction from London Metropolitan University for her Part II and qualifying as an architect from the University of Westminster.

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