Nicky Rhodes is a designer and researcher whose work explores connections between craft, carbon, and collaborative practice.
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Through my design and research work, I investigate means to equitably decarbonize the built environment by redefining our building practices: by advancing materials that restore landscapes, engaging labor practices that empower communities, and developing systems that turn construction into a climate solution.

I am currently a Master of Architecture student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where my recent research has included looking at the future of the detached garage typology in Greater Boston, industialized biomaterial systems for low-carbon housing in Mexico, and the overlaps between wall assemblies, thermal comfort, and textiles. As an MIT DesignX fellow, I am co-developing a building retrofit system using carbon-sequestering, plant-based materials.

I received my B.A. in the Growth & Structure of Cities from Haverford College. Prior to continuing my education at the GSD, I apprenticed with natural builders in the high mesa of Taos, New Mexico, and led the Lehigh Valley Natural Builders Guild in Northeast Pennsylvania, where I organized educational workshops and hands-on design/build projects on traditional and innovative building techniques that celebrate the region's rich building heritage.