Born in Hong Kong in 1994 and presently based in London, Nico Alexandroff is a research-driven architect and spatial designer. His work explores the entangled relationships between politics, ecology, and Earth System Science, with a particular focus on how aesthetics can be harnessed to inspire action to combat the climate crisis. His multidisciplinary work takes a range of forms, telling stories through film, exhibitions, writing, and fabrication.
Alexandroff is currently pursuing his PhD at the Royal College of Art, focused on cosmologies of ice in relation to climate collapse. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Manchester in the UK, as well as a master’s degree in Architecture with distinction from RCA. His work has been included in exhibitions in Glasgow, Prague, Seoul, Karlsruhe, and London, and he has written texts for multiple institutions and publications.
“The most interesting lesson I learned during our investigations is that metabolism—the flow of chemical reactions and energy that sustain living systems—can be cultural as well as physical. We and all things are constantly layering. It is important to recognize that nothing stays the same and to let go of trying to keep things any one way. Only when we master that will we be able to process traumatic histories.”—Nico Alexandroff, United Kingdom, 2022 Fellow
Alexandroff was recently a member of The Terraforming, a design-research thinktank at Moscow’s Strelka Institute of Design. He teaches a design studio in MA Landscape Architecture at University College London and recently established AfterBodies, a design-research collective.