Nicholas’s work focuses on developing systemic frameworks for engaging citizens with place, facilitating charrettes with design team and key community stakeholders, and developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies that develop a healthy and viable relationship between human and natural communities over time.
Through Regenesis, Nicholas has worked on a range of projects across the the United States and Latin America. Nicholas is also the founding co-director of the Story of Place Institute, a nonprofit established in 2009 to bring regenerative development work to community and neighborhood-level planning processes. Through SoPI, much of Nicholas’s work has focused on Santa Fe and the Northern New Mexico area.
Nicholas holds a PhD from Saybrook University, where his doctoral work focused on a regenerative, living systems approach to urban planning using the case study of Curitiba, Brazil as a lens. He has also had extensive organizational systems training and work experience through the Institute for Developmental Processes, including the design of leadership development processes, the facilitation of place-based visioning processes, the coalescing and evolving of group critical thinking processes, and the development and use of systemic frameworks.