Mark Nickita, co-founded the award-winning multi-disciplinary design firm Archive Design Studio [D.S] in 1991, which incorporates the multiple disciplines of architecture, urban design and graphic design. The firm has distinct expertise in the development, enhancement and the regeneration of existing, pedestrian-oriented urban environments, including downtowns, neighborhood districts, developed corridors and mixed-use areas. Archive D.S. has particular experience with urban areas challenged by decay and abandonment, and uncovering their potential to be redeveloped into viable participants within the greater built environment.
Archive D.S. was selected as one of the Next Generation of New Urbanist architects in Architectural Record Magazine. The firm also is the recipient of numerous Architectural Design and Urban Design awards from the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Nickita was selected as a member of the Crain's Detroit Business Magazine's 40 under 40 business leaders in Detroit and has won the 1998 American Institute of Architect/Detroit Chapter Young Architect Award and the 2003 American Institute of Architect/Michigan Chapter Young Architect Award.
Mark also participates in a variety of civic activities and public and professional service including: the American Institute of Architects/Detroit Board of Directors/President Elect, the Birmingham Planning Board, Oakland County Mainstreet Selection Committee, Lawrence Technological University Alumni Association.
Mark will be writing about Metro Detroit's need for livable, workable, and walkable urban neighborhoods.
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