As 64North’s Associate Director for Adaptive Reuse, Iustina Nicolae is responsible for the design, management, and construction of the studio’s many complex historical projects, including for mixed-use, multifamily, commercial, creative office, and education clients. Iustina’s work draws on her unique expertise successfully integrating contemporary, forward-thinking design within nuanced, sensitive historical, political, and economic contexts both in the U.S. and also in the United Kingdom and across Europe.
Prior to joining 64North, Iustina led the design, development, and construction of a diversity of hospitality, multifamily, and creative office projects at JKA Los Angeles, including the comprehensive renovation of San Diego’s landmark Plaza Hotel. Iustina also worked in the London and Manchester studios of global architecture and planning practices Chapman Taylor Architects and Purcell, building a significant body of experience solving the complex problems posed by heritage and conservation projects for notable cultural sites including at Tatton Park, one of England’s most complete historic estates, with landmark structures on its 2,000 acres dating from the 15th – 18th centuries, as well as Manchester’s iconic 1828 Ancoats Hospital and Dispensary. Iustina’s work both as an architect and photographer has been exhibited at Great Places, B15, and the Manchester School of Art, and published in the Manchester Evening News and Siege.
Born in Brasov, Romania, Iustina received her degree in architecture with honors from the University of Manchester. She is also a graduate of the Hans Mattis Teutsch School of Art, Architecture, & Design. Outside of 64North, she spends her time expanding her passions for photography, international cuisine and travel.