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Dr Nick M. L. Mols

Dr Nick M. L. Mols


Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB


Nick is an architect and architectural historian who focuses on bridging creative and drawing practices with digital humanities, history and theory from the Renaissance to the digital turn. Nick integrates design-based approaches, conventional art historical methods, 3D scanning and computer-aided design (CAD) to investigate architectural drawing, proportion and measure that contributes to understanding history through creative practice. Nick’s research mainly deals with the international importance of early modern architectural culture when European spheres of influence reached a global scale. His interests focus on the correlations between architecture and science while engaging with the evolution of architectural mathematics, perspective, and digital methods and how these histories correlate to similar technological advancements presented by the digital turn in architectural practices. Recently, he started exploring Eurasian architectural interchanges from 1550 to 1800 with an emphasis on East Asia.

Nick’s primary research interests revolve around: Architectural mathematics (geometry and proportion) – Digital methods (remote sensing and 3D scanning) – European Renaissance, and Baroque – Eurasian Architectural Interchange from 1500-1800.


Prior to joining the Welsh School of Architecture as a Lecturer, I tutored Architecture and Art and Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. Further, I held an affiliate position at the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York. Nick obtained his BSc and MSc in Architecture at the University of Antwerp, then continued his studies in Architectural History at the University of Oxford before commencing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Beyond Academia, he worked as an architect at Atelier Kempe Thill for numerous years, working on several projects across Europe. Nick published multiple articles, exhibited his work, and presented at, for instance, the Biennale of Venice, the Kanal-Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Further, Nick received numerous awards, including from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, the Scottish School of Arts and Humanities, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.









  • Mols, N. M. L. 2013. Metropolitan House. In: Van de Vreken, K. ed. Architecture, Interior Architecture, Conservation of Monuments and Sites, Urban Design and Regional Planning, Yearbook of Architecture 2011-2012. Antwerp: University Press Antwerp, pp. 68-69.



Past projects