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Nicole Ambrose

Architectural Designer


Prior to attending Columbia’s historic preservation program, Mrs. Ambrose worked in the tax and accounting business for 10 years familiarizing her with office management and financial software. While attending The Art Institute for interior design she held internships at a Sacramento-based interior design firm and a small specialty furniture manufacturer, learning how to specify furniture and materials in addition to creating drawings for the creation of custom pieces. During her undergraduate training she became familiar with space planning, computer and hand drafting, programming, meeting/applying building and ADA codes, creating specification sheets and more.

Long interested in historic architecture and sustainable design, Mrs. Ambrose’s undergraduate thesis focused on how historic buildings could fit within the LEED certification system. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree Mrs. Ambrose studied for and obtained a LEED GA credential. During her time at Columbia University she continued to pursue sustainable studies in the realm of historic preservation. For her master’s thesis she researched how historic preservation could be used as a tool to further the goals of sustainable city projects that are emerging across the globe.

  • 2013
    • M.S. in Historic Preservation, Columbia University
  • 2010
    • B.S. in Interior Design, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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