Contributor Profile: Nicholas de Monchaux
Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect who works at the intersections of urban ecology and infrastructure. He is the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), an Architectural history of the Apollo 11 Extra-vehicular garment.
de Monchaux received his B.A. with distinction in Architecture, from Yale, and his M.Arch. from Princeton . After working with Michael Hopkins & Partners in London, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in New York, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia where he directed the School’s joint Venice program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 2004-2005. Since 2006 he has been an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at UC Berkeley.
de Monchaux’s work has been published and reviewed in Log, Architectural Design, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and have been supported by Autodesk, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The Macdowell Colony, The Santa Fe Institute, The Smithsonian Institution, and UC Berkeley’s Hellman Family Fund. His work has been exhibited widely, including at SFMOMA (Spring 2012) and at the 2012 American Pavillion of the Venice Architecture Bienalle. He has received awards and citations from the WPA 2.0 competition, the International Union of Architects, Pamphlet Architecture, and the Van Alen Institute, who awarded him the 2000 John Dinkeloo Memorial Fellowship.
He lives with his wife and son in Downtown Oakland.