Joshua Nimmo, AIA, began practicing architecture professionally in 1997 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. In 2003, he started working directly under the tutelage of Lionel Morrison, FAIA, at Morrison Seifert Murphy. During the recession, Nimmo decided to venture out on his own, starting his practice in 2009. One of the first projects NIMMO took on necessitated a 35 percent cut to the construction budget. The result, however, was a compelling, sustainable, and modern building. Nimmo says this experience influenced the practice’s design philosophy, especially as clients began to reevaluate the prevalence of “superficial” projects, which Dallas had become known for: “We were not looking to create projects that didn’t have authenticity. It wasn’t just about what the building looked like. It wasn’t just about an image. It was about creating projects that were designed through a holistic manner, which is something we have consistently incorporated into all of our projects.”
The Fredericksburg Settlement was envisioned to merge habitat with the natural landscape; creating an environment that facilitates both thought and meditation. Conceived as a violent rift in the land from sometime before that ironically creates a place of equilibrium and harmony for future residents. Carved into the hillside, the design utilizes the natural contours of the site to create shelter and enhance the experience of the natural surroundings. With a desire to reduce distraction, it was a priority to blur and simplify the traditional functions and spaces of a residence. Aspiring to create an environment that encouraged wander and wonder was a continual theme of inspiration.
For PaperCity editor-at-large Maxine Trowbridge, 2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. As board president of Dallas Contemporary, she’s ushering the museum into its 40th year with exhibits including the tromp l’oeil and surrealist creations of Mary Katrantzou, the London fashion designer. She is also the event co-chair for MTV Re:Define — her second year undertaking the star-studded event, which this year honors British bad-girl artist Tracey Emin.
As Max leaps into the whirlwind that is Dallas’ spring art scene, it helps to have a house that doubles as a retreat from the world. A relaxing infinity pool is viewed through glass walls in every room, including those in Max’s home office. Beyond that, a canopy of tall oaks shades lushly terraced, rolling grounds. A soothing fountain bubbles from a modern Japanese-style courtyard. Coming home to such serene environs after a hectic day certainly takes the edge off.
“Context” is a BIG word. To us, it is much more than the physical setting (the site). The tangible conditions and surroundings of the site including topography, neighboring structures, local climate, etc. These all play lead roles in the story of a project. But there are many other forces that play a part in the narrative. Generally speaking, we call these “design forces” and recognize that a big part of our role is to understand, manage, and coordinate them. Sometimes these forces are not immediately obvious and need to be ...
Oldrange featured in Paper City
A little bit about Oldrange:
The design of the Oldrange Family Home aspires to enhance the lives of three generations; children, their parents and grandparents. The focus of the home is the open family spaces which are intended to continuously connect each generation to nature and one another. The communal spaces are balanced with a variety of smaller spaces that are meant to provide personal respite and environments for individual reflection.
About the Hillen Residence:
This home is designed to connect the family to their natural surroundings by weaving into the landscape and graciously opening to expansive views of native Texas flora. The form of the plan was developed through an iterative process that examined circulation patterns, efficiencies, privacy layers, and targeted moments of directed views. The resulting layout will enhance the user experience by bringing in daylight, framing views to nature, creating privacy between living zones, and bringing the family together in an open and engaging living space. Site specific, the plan also integrates into the landscape and in doing so avoids disturbing all existing trees which will remain to enrich the beauty of the landscape. Through the very nature of its fingering structure, this house creates a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces with dynamic movement, form, and experience...
Collaborating today with our friend Douglas Newby of Architecturally Significant Homes at Houndstooth... He forwarded this great TEDx talk he gave titled "Homes that Make Us Happy"... especially fantastic insight for our new clients just beginning their journey...
NIMMO has begun developing concepts for residences at Urban Commons....
From www.urbancommons.live :
At some point, you choose. How you want to be. How you want to live. How you want each moment to unfold before it slips away.
What choices feed your bottom line? A commitment to live each possible moment out of doors? A desire to own a minimal, modern home that exists in harmony with our environment? A determination to spend time enjoying experiences and people instead of things?
We know. Welcome to Urban Commons...
Woven into a dense cluster of Live Oaks; NIMMO pulled this house off the ground to reduce the impact on the existing root system. Connection to the outdoors was the highest priority for the home owners. Privacy was maintained with an enclosed front courtyard...
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Given the challenge of adding to this significant home originally designed by Harwood K. Smith, founder of HKS, Inc., NIMMO choose to quietly tap into the corner of the existing structure with a light and airy extension. While creating a subtle identity for the new, details such as the tapered rafters were inspired by the original...
When I decided to begin a contributing to this blog, my first move (if you don't count the standard move of every Millennial to first "Google" it) was to email a long time mentor and ask for advice. I hit send and within minutes my phone buzzed. I jumped to get it, assuming the answer on the other end would ease all of my anxiety. Instead of a response, it was a text from a college student that I mentor asking me for advice on a letter she was sending to a prospective employee. I paused momentarily to consider the situation and shifted seamlessly from a girl full of her own insecurities and anxieties to a woman with years of experience and an easy flow of advice. In a way, that phone call did ease my anxiety and remind me of my own value...
Kristin Walsh is the latest addition to the Nimmo team, joining the firm in early 2016. Kristin earned a BA in Architectural Studies from Connecticut College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied art and architecture around the world and credits her extensive travel experiences to igniting her passion for vernacular design. She believes in architecture of a place and finds her roots in sustainability come from designing site-specific works...
The corner version [VC] of the original Grotto urban infill prototype is set to break ground in Dallas, Texas in May of 2016. Developer Garrett Ratner of Ripple D+B has his sites set on creating a residential product of unprecedented quality and integrated technology...
Joshua Nimmo collaborates with award winning designer / builder Sofi Tsingos from GT-Moto. Sofi is starting with a 1979 Honda CB 650. The team intends to create a one of a kind ride; incorporating Nimmo's architectural perspective for materials and finishes with Tsingo's vision and attention to detail. More to come...
Joshua Nimmo AIA | Founding Principal
Joshua graduated from Oklahoma State University and began practicing architecture professionally in 1997. In addition to formal practice, he also developed modern single family residences. In 2003, he began work for the Dallas based firm of morrisonseifertmurphy (MSM). During his tenure, he worked directly under renowned architect, Lionel Morrison FAIA, as Lionel’s senior project architect. Joshua led several project teams for MSM on numerous projects of significance including the W Dallas Residences, One Arts Plaza Residences, Northaven Residence, and LEED Gold Certified International Business Park Phase 15.
Sustainability is an integral element in Nimmo's approach. Joshua is a LEED accredited professional and was MSM's project architect for the first LEED Gold Certified office building in Plano, Texas. He has continued to infuse numerous passive strategies into his projects; including a variety of energy, water and resource conservation technologies.
Since founding NIMMO in 2009, Joshua has led the firm to eight design awards from the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
AIA Dallas | 2010 Built Citation Award
Rusk Single Family Prototype
AIA Dallas | 2011 Built Merit Award
AIA Dallas | 2012 Built Honor Award
AIA Dallas | 2014 Built Jury Commendation Award
2_Plex Infill Prototype
AIA Dallas | 2014 Built Honor Award
AIA Dallas | 2015 Unbuilt Design Award
AIA Dallas | 2016 Unbuilt Design Award
AIA Dallas | 2017 Built Honor Award