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Nicola Walls

Nicola Walls

Architect - Head of Arts & Culture
1997 - present

"Participation in the arts allows self-exploration and promotes a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. The buildings that house arts increasingly help forge communities, providing democratic and permissible space. This, coupled with a passion for wider arts engagement, fuel both my professional and personal interests. "

Nicola joined Page\Park in 1997, having studied for her diploma in architecture at The University of Edinburgh. Over the last 21 years, Nicola has driven the practice’s expansion in the arts sector, and has established a reputation for her expertise in theatre adaptation and transformational change. As head of our arts and culture group, Nicola has worked successfully with a range of clients including; theatres, museums, community groups, and schools. She has worked on 25 projects in the arts sector, 12 of which have been realised as award winning buildings; most notably the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, and Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Nicola has a lifelong love of theatre, exemplified by her role as vice chairperson of the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, where she works to secure the prosperity of the arts in our local community. As a result, her technical understanding is complemented by an expansive knowledge of the institutional requirements and ambitions of arts organisations. Nicola passionately believes that wider engagement with the arts has the power to enrich lives and should be accessible to all. This is reflected in her favourite project to date – the re-opening of the dilapidated Kelvingrove bandstand. This small project upgraded a much-loved outdoor venue to be a fully accessible amphitheatre for the city.

Currently, Nicola is leading Page\Park’s UK expansion, heading up several cultural projects across England including the transformations of Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Leeds Playhouse. She balances her high-level oversight of large-scale redevelopment projects with a drive to help arts organisations realise their ambitions for change.