profile

Studio Nield is a small, highly specialised practice, concentrating on architecture and urban design. Our architecture is about the joining and framing the of lives of people and materials. City design similarly is about joining and framing; joining the lives and paths of people, framing the lives and paths of people, and joining and framing history and materials. We believe that successful buildings are grounded in how cities work and successful cities depend on how buildings, streets, open space and history work together.

The relationship between buildings and cities is becoming more intense. Today our cities have major challenges to achieve and sustain emission targets. Cities as a whole will have to be reconsidered including, clean technology and transit. Sustainable cities will require city wide makeover programmes providing new ways of joining and framing.

Most of the buildings shown on this website were completed when Lawrence Nield was a principal of Bligh Voller Nield.

Studio Nield has two Directors: Andrea and Lawrence Nield.

Andrea Nield founded and was elected the first president of Emergency Architects Australia in 2005. She has directed major relief and reconstruction work in Aceh, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Victoria after natural disasters. She has 30 years of special expertise in hospitals and housing.

Lawrence Nield was a founding principal of Bligh Voller Nield until 2008. He headed the masterplanning team for the Sydney Olympic Games at Homebush and was previously Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney. He has designed in Australia, London, Venice and Athens. His University of the Sunshine Coast Library won the Australian Institute of Architects highest award for public buildings. Lawrence was recently awarded the 2012 AIA Gold Medal, the highest accolade in Australian architecture.