Kangaroo Valley Fire Storm explores a personal design and building project Nick undertook in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley just a few hours south of Sydney. Now to say he put his life on the line to save this house - is no where near an understatement. He and a few of his mates and some local refugees battled and took refuge from the mega Currowan Fire and Nick’s story of preparing for, fighting and surviving this fire is nothing short of astonishing. It really does talk to Nick’s character and his detailed & thorough approach to everything he does not to mention his courage and self belief in his own design ingenuity - it’s a fascinating story and I strongly encourage you to take the time to listen to the whole thing as Nick is a great storyteller and he really does keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
Nicholas is the Principal and founder of Turner, one of Australia’s leading architectural practices employing around 100 permanent staff from 24 different countries. Within the practice, he leads the design of innovative mixed-use residential, public, workplace, industrial and hospitality projects that are both responsive and memorable, each with a strong identity that reflects a familial approach to repairing and enhancing the urban environment. Projects to date include locations as diverse as China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Iraq, Vietnam and Lebanon as well as locally in Sydney, Wolgan Valley, Melbourne, Tweed Heads, Bowral and a personal project of great significance in Kangaroo Valley - the design of which he literally bet his life on. Recently the practice has opened a new studio in London, offering direct access to opportunities within the UK and wider European markets. Nicholas is an accomplished speaker and presenter of ideas, providing clarity to the process of designing and delivering buildings, helping to steer a definitive course through the often-complex requirements of approvals and construction.