About

About

Detail at Every Scale

Persistent design is the implicit intent to create occupiable art that reflects and expands the architectural language of our time. The success of our ethos is one of spatial relationships based upon a series of scales where every project encompasses the most removed, observable viewpoint and the most detailed. No programmatic element is ever overlooked, whether large or small in scale.

We approach every project at the scale of the city, the block, and the street, and also at the level of the smallest minutiae – the joint, the reveal, and the grain. No scale is superior but rather informative, relating to the other culminating in a unified architectural language.

Philosophy

We listen.

Our client-centered, team-building approach allows us to engage our clients throughout the entire design process by initiating strong communication and listening to ensure every critical person in the client’s circle are members of our team.

We believe in creating solutions for our environment and for our future.

Committed to resilient, sustainable, and socially responsible building practices, we customize each project specifically to the client’s needs, interpreting their visions into built form. We argue for your best project.

Process-driven architectural design is a methodology of analysis that derives from an anticipatable outcome.

We strive for persistent design that transcends time.

The process of “mapping” reveals systems of integration inherent to the project that NANO interprets and combines with the normative practices of architecture to create a project that is unique to each client, site, and project.

Since inception, our company and the industry have evolved, but we remain constant to our ethos of process driven design, resulting in high quality products, culminating in persistent and intentional architecture.

Services

Established in 2001 in New Orleans, NANO is an internationally recognized, award-winning firm offering architectural services, master planning, interior design, and customized design experiences. Utilizing a variety of delivery methods, our portfolio includes new construction, renovations, and historic preservation within the commercial, residential, educational, industrial, and municipal sectors. NANO has grown from a small, two-person husband and wife team focused on process driven scaled architecture, construction and hand-made custom furniture to a 20-person firm performing international recognized, resilient solutions to our built environment while honing our craft for the future solutions to our communities and global challenges today.

Awards

  • AIA New Orleans Commendation Award for Unbuilt Architecture

    The Boscoyo House

    2024

  • New Orleans CityBusiness Empowering Women Award

    2024

  • IIDA Idea Awards: Award of Recognition, Residential

    Farnham Residence

    2023

  • IIDA Idea Awards: Award of Recognition, Restoration/Historic Preservation

    Frederick A. Douglass High School Auditorium

    2023

  • IIDA Idea Awards: Award of Recognition, Corporate - Large

    Duplass Law Office

    2023

  • AIA New Orleans Honor Award in Historic Preservation, Renovation, & Adaptive Reuse

    Frederick A. Douglass High School Auditorium

    2023

  • Louisiana Landmarks Society, Excellence in Historic Preservation

    Frederick A. Douglass High School Auditorium

    2023

  • SMPS Southeast Louisiana, Community Service Program of the Year

    Fats Domino Tiny Homes

    2023

  • AIA Louisiana, Award of Merit for Unbuilt Architecture

    Shaping the City

    2022

  • AIA New Orleans, Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture

    Shaping the City

    2022

  • Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Growth Leader

    2022

  • Home Builder Digest, The 20 Best Residential Architects in Louisiana

    2022

  • European Cultural Centre, ECC Venice Biennale Architecture Award

    SUBMERGED EXPERIENCE

    2022

  • New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Morial Award, Small Business of the Year

    2021

  • General Contractors Magazine, The 15 Best Commercial Architects in New Orleans

    2021

  • General Contractors Magazine, The Best Retail Architects in New Orleans

    2021

  • Inside New Orleans, Readers' Favorite Architecture Company

    2021

  • New Orleans Homes, Renovation of the Year

    Hector Avenue Residence

    2019

  • IIDA Delta Regional, Interior Design Excellence Awards, Award of Excellence

    Lake Conroe Residence

    2019

  • IIDA Delta Regional, Interior Design Excellence Awards, Award of Recognition

    Festival Productions

    2019

  • AIA New Orleans, Merit Award for Divine Detail

    2513 Metairie Road

    2019

  • AIA New Orleans / USGBC Louisiana, Excellence in Sustainability, Honorable Mention

    Southwest Pass Station

    2018

  • New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Best of Home, Best Architecture Firm

    2018

  • New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Best of Home, Best Interior Design Firm

    2015

  • Louisiana Landmarks Society, Excellence in Historic Preservation

    Il Mercato

    2015

  • AIA New Orleans, Honor Award for Architecture

    Weinstein's

    2003

Milestones

  • 2023

    NANO HOSTS 'SHAPING THE CITY NEW ORLEANS', A TWO DAY ARCHITECTURE SYMPOSIUM FOCUSED ON CLIMATE RESILIENCE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EUROPEAN CULTURAL CENTER.

  • 2021

    NANO RECEIVES THE SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR MORIAL AWARD.

  • 2021

    NANO WINS THE ECC VENICE BIENNALE ARCHITECTURE AWARD FOR SUBMERGED EXPERIENCE AT THE VENICE BIENNALE / TIME SPACE EXISTENCE EXHIBITION, AND IS INVITED TO JOIN THE WORLD ARCHITECTS COMMUNITY. THIS ACCOLADE ELEVATES NANO TO THE INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM OF ARCHITECTS AND THOUGHT-LEADERS.

  • 2019

    NANO IS INVITED—AS THE FIRST ARCHITECTURE FIRM FROM THE STATE OF LOUISIANA—TO PRESENT AT THE EUROPEAN CULTURAL CENTRE’S VENICE BIENNALE / TIME SPACE EXISTENCE EXHIBITION.

  • 2016

    SOUTHWEST PASS STATION RECEIVES EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY HONORABLE MENTION FROM USGBC LOUISIANA.

  • 2015

    IL MERCATO RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION BY THE LOUISIANA LANDMARKS SOCIETY.

  • 2008

    NANO GRADUATES FROM THE GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES PROGRAM.

  • 2005

    DISPLACED FROM NEW ORLEANS IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA, NANO IS INVITED BY HKS TO PROVIDE DESIGN CONSULTING FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS STADIUM AND THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS STADIUM.

  • 2001

    THE INCEPTION OF NANO AND ORIGINATION OF "DETAIL AT EVERY SCALE"