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Nicholas Holt is a Director in the Technical Group at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/New York. A graduate of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, Mr. Holt joined the New York office of SOM in 1995. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mr. Holt has extensive project experience that includes the recently completed award winning and LEED CS Gold certified 7 World Trade Center. His completed work includes that of the 44 story Bear Stearns Headquarters (now JP Morgan Chase Tower) in New York City; two phases of work at Swiss Bank Center in Stamford, Connecticut totaling more than 2 million square feet; a trading facility and executive offices for JP Morgan in Sao Paolo, Brazil; a 1.6 million square foot banking operations center in Istanbul; and a mixed use development in Almaty, Kazakhstan totaling more than 3.2 million square feet of commercial and residential space (including a 36 story mixed use tower) that is currently nearing completion.

A firm believer in the benefits of collaborative practice models, Mr. Holt approaches design by integrating building systems, sustainable design principles and extensive construction knowledge from the conceptual development of a project through construction documentation and execution.

Mr. Holt is an industry leader in the practical application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the associated implementation of new project delivery models aimed at developing projects more efficiently and effectively. Recent examples are 250 West 55th Street, and the Mt. Sinai Center for Science and Medicine, which were among the first major projects in NYC to be designed and documented in a 100% BIM environment, both are currently under construction.

A proponent of evidence-based design development, Mr. Holt leads a group of digital design specialists focused on advanced computational models that analyze the impact of design decisions at key points in the design process. Leveraging advanced digital tools both within SOM and in collaboration with industry partners allows the team to optimize sustainability, performance and constructability.

Mr. Holt also leads CASE, an innovative research collaborative between SOM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute based in New York City, in collaboration with Director Anna Dyson of RPI and Ken Lewis of SOM. Located at SOM’s offices on Wall Street in lower Manhattan, the Center for Architecture, Science & Ecology engages scientists, engineers, and architects from the professional and academic worlds toward a common goal of redefining how we build sustainable cities and environments. The goal is to tap and cultivate the talents of a new generation of architects, thinkers, and planners and turn out sustainable and energy-efficient solutions to today’s environmental challenges in the global building sector, which accounts for more than one third of energy consumption and nearly 40 percent of carbon production