Justin Nicholls

Justin founded Fathom Architects and leads the design direction of the practice with a combination of his inquisitive nature, creativity and proven technical skill.

His architecture career spans over 20 years. During 11 years at Foster + Partners, Justin worked on a series of international projects including Beijing International Airport, leaving as Project Director in 2004 to become one of the original Partners of Make. Here he led a team focused on heritage, residential and higher education for 12 years, delivering high profile projects such as Grosvenor Waterside, St James’s Market and The Big Data Institute for The University of Oxford.

Justin is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a trustee of the Westminster Society and an active member of Brent, Brighton and Design South East Design Review Panels tasked with supporting communities, local authorities and developers in the delivery of high-quality design. He is a Freeman of the City of London as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.

A member of the RIBA Education Review Practice Committee, Justin is part of a team who develop the agenda for changes in the structure, content and delivery of UK architecture education. He has been a tutor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture since 2008, and an examiner for the University of Westminster.