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Adjunct Senior Studio Critic
Rice Architecture Paris


In addition to being an adjunct senior studio critic at Rice Architecture Paris, Nicholas Gilliland is a partner with the Paris-based Tolila+Gilliland Atelier d’Architecture, which develops architecture and urban planning projects in France and beyond. This practice is characterized by a broad range of programs: urban planning, housing, public buildings, offices, and retail projects. It works to develop responses that are always adapted to the specific context and unique to each site by highlighting its history and its geography. Recent projects under construction include therapeutic workshops in wood, cork, and raw-earth brick in Meulan, France; a mixed-use housing and office project built with prefab concrete elements in Angers, France; and a residence for autistic adults built with wood and wood-fiber insulation in Soisy-sur-Seine, France.

Prior to the creation of Tolila+Gilliland Atelier d’Architecture, Gilliland worked in the offices of OMA in Rotterdam and the Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris on a diverse range of cultural and institutional projects.



  • M.Arch. Yale University
  • B.Arch. University of Kansas
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