Nicole Dosso, FAIA, Leed AP BD+C, is a gifted practitioner of the technical craft of architecture, an expert in the technical challenges of designing tall buildings on complex urban sites, and a mentor to emerging practitioners.
Nicole’s career as an architect has been primarily focused on technical architecture. As Director of SOM’s Technical Department in New York, she leads one of the most important groups of technical specialists in the United States. She served as Lead Technical Coordinator on SOM’s projects at the World Trade Center site – 7 World Trade Center and One World Trade Center – each of which had significant challenges, and whose successful completion heralded the rebirth of a complex urban area that was destroyed by the 9/11 attacks.
Nicole’s technical expertise also operates at the scale of a district and city. Among the technical innovations of 7 World Trade Center were the incorporation of advanced life safety systems, which exceeded the then NYC Building Code and provided the basis for developing new standards for high-rise construction throughout New York City.
Her current work in NYC includes the mixed-use 35 Hudson Yards tower, multiple commercial and residential towers comprising the Manhattan West site, Baccarat Hotel and Residences, reuse of the landmark Waldorf Astoria and the redevelopment of the Moynihan Train Hall and Farley Post Office Building. These are emblematic of the complex projects demanding a high level of team coordination and collaboration that characterize her career as an architect and her portfolio of work.
In 2012, Nicole was honored in the “40 under Forty” issue of Crain’s New York Business, and received an AIA Presidential Citation for contributions at the World Trade Center site. In January 2016, for recognition of her notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture, Nicole was elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects.
Nicole is currently a member of the New York State Board for Architecture, is serving on the New York City Department of Buildings 2017 Construction Code Revision Committee and is serving on the Board of Directors for Professional Women in Construction.