Nikol Kirova is an interdisciplinary Bulgarian architect with a background in interior design, urban planning and advanced architecture. The key focus of her research is the integration of material innovation in design and architecture.
During the past couple of years Nikol has gotten involved in a wide range of projects from material systems to urban interventions. The common feature among her work is the search for alternative solutions in terms of construction, application and design. She has established a great set of skills regarding physical computing, digital fabrication and computational design that help her push her work to the next level. Her research interest lies in investigating how can materiality in architecture and construction can be reestablished and propose a better communication between the built environment and its inhabitants. In 2018 and 2019 her research on the interactive, graphene-based medium designed for spatiotemporal control and analysis (Synapse) has been awarded with the Digital Matter and Intelligent Construction excellence award and later with the Artificially and Materially Intelligent Architecture excellence award. During the summer of 2018 she assisted in the Global Summer School in Barcelona and since then she has been assisting in various seminars in IAAC. In the autumn of 2018, Nikol became part of the Norman Foster Foundation after a participation in the Robotics Atelier led by Fabio Gramazio. Most recently her work has been recognized as she was selected among many graduates from all over the world to be part of the Antenna program during the Dutch Design Week 2019.