reza nik
reza nik
[living.loving.experimenting]
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Reza Nik is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and educator based in Toronto. Through his practice, he fabricates speculative environments aiming to provoke challenging questions about inequitable conventions in the process of designing, constructing and imagining our built spaces.

He was trained as an architect with a background in Art History and Architectural Theory.  He has been practicing in the field for over 10 years which has taken him to various cities around the world working with award-winning architects and grassroots organization such as Coop Himmelb(l)au, BaSic Initiative, and Diamond Schmitt Architects.  These experiences have rooted in him a deep sense of criticality when working with current global trends and canons in Architecture, Urbanism and Design.

He has also participated in several interdisciplinary art projects collaborating with artists & collectives such as the Living Architecture Systems Group, Philip Beesley, 7±2, and HAVN.

Currently, Reza is balancing his time between teaching at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and co-directing CAstudio, and StudioAC in Toronto. 

 

EDUCATION
2013 - Dalhousie University, Master of Architecture [M.Arch] with distinction, Halifax, Canada
2011 - Peter Behrens School of Arts[PBSA], Düsseldorf, Germany
2010 - Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies [B.E.D.S], Halifax, Canada
2007 - University of Toronto, Honours Bachelor of Arts [Hon. BA] Specialist in Art History and minor in Near and Middle-Eastern Civilizations, Toronto, Canada

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE EXPERIENCE
2018-Present - DirectorCAstudio, Toronto, Canada
2018-Present - PrincipalstudioAC, Toronto, Canada
2016-2017 - Studio DirectorLiving Architecture Systems Group, Toronto, Canada
2016-2017 - Associate, Philip Beesley Architect Inc., Toronto, Canada
2007-2018- Intern Architect:
- Toms + McNally Design, Hamilton, Canada
- Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc., Toronto, Canada
- Estudio PAC,  Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Coop Himmelb(L)au, Vienna, Austria
- Vilalta Arquitectos, Barcelona, Spain
- Lynch + Comisso Architects, Toronto, Canada

COMMUNITY & CREATIVE LEAD EXPERIENCE
2014-Present, Founder and Collaborator, 7±2, Toronto, Canada
2015-2016 - Acting Creative Director, Architecture for Humanity Toronto Chapter, Toronto, Canada
2014-2016 - Founding Member and Creative Director, Art x Architects, Toronto, Canada
2010-2011- Design-Build Participant, Basic Initiative, Buenos Aires, Argentina & Ladakh, India
2007, 2015 - Habitat for Humanity
2006, 2014 - Doors Open Toronto
2009 - Designer & Editor,  StudioEAST Publication, Halifax, Canada

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2017 - Present - Sessional Lecturer, Daniels Faculty of Architectures, Landscape & Design, University of Toronto
2017 - Teaching Assistant + Instructor, University of Waterloo
2014-2017 - Teaching Assistant,  OCADU
2012-2013 - Teaching Assistant, Dalhousie University
2013-Present - Invited Critic, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, OCADU, Ryerson University
2015-2017 - Facilitator, TDSB Highschool Workshops with Toronto Centre for Entrepreneurial Art & Design

PUBLICATIONS
2014 -  lunch9: In Excess,  University of Virginia School of Architecture Publication| contribution
2013 - Arqa109: Arquitetura e Arte, Portuguese Architectural publication | mention
2011 - Aedes Publication | mention
2011 - Architetto.info | mention
2010 - StudioEast: Dalhousie University Student Journal | contribution

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2015-2016 - Art x Architects, Gladstone Hotel & Rivoli | exhibition
2015 - Fugue (with 7±2), Nuit Blanche Toronto | installation
2011 - Tempelhof Library Design, Aedes Architekturforum Berlin | exhibition

RECOGNITION
2014 - Prix de Rome Emerging Practitioner, Canada Council for the Arts | Finalist
2014 - World’s Best Graduation Projects, Archiprix International | Shortlisted
2014 - Thesis Award of Excellence, Canadian Architect | Shortlisted
2014 - Alpha Rho Chi Medal | Awarded
2012 - M.Arch in-course Scholarship, Dalhousie University | Awarded
2010 - Ojars Biskaps Award, Nova Scotia Association of Architects | Awarded
2010 - Dalhousie University Sexton Scholar