AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Brandon Nicholson is a founding principal of Nicholson Kovalchick (NK) Architects. He is passionate about reducing the impact of buildings on global climate change, utilizing his research and development projects to establish a cost effective method to deliver net-zero energy buildings now.
Under Brandon’s leadership, NK Architects has evolved to become a top firm in the region focused on high-performance, multifamily projects designed to zero energy and Passive House building standards. He leads a team charged with establishing an innovative development proforma that incorporates Passive House design techniques, tax credits, utility charges, and energy and maintenance cost savings to create a better building with a better return.
Brandon was instrumental in Seattle’s acceptance of Passive House as a green building incentive and currently serves as a board member of the North American Passive House Network and the president of Passive House Western Pennsylvania.
He and his team have been honored with the 2014 AIA Housing Award for its design of the city of Seattle’s first certified Passive House; showcased in GreenBuilder Media for its design of “Home of the Year” award-winner, Stream Belmont; and named a Circle of Excellence member for its exceptional, forward-thinking approach to management and design.
Brandon was also the recipient of the AIA’s 2011 Community Service Award for his diligent policy work to improve Seattle City building codes by incorporating green building systems as criteria for development (FAR) bonuses.