Nickolas Coile - Alumni Stories from the Department of Education | Judson University Christian College
Doug Olsen

Nickolas Coile

M.A. Architecture, 2007
Project Architect
Glave and Holmes Architecture
Richmond, VA


What do you do in your current job and what do you enjoy about it?
I fulfill almost all of the tasks that are asked of an architect. This includes coordinating with consultants, assembling construction documents, meeting with building officials, presenting to clients, researching products, managing construction administration, and attending site visits. I really enjoy the entire process and I am glad it is ever-changing because it keeps the job exciting and fun.

How did your Judson experience influence you professionally? What were your favorite parts of being a Judson student?
I remember the amount of collaboration, client contact, and contextual architecture we were exposed to in school, and I believe these not only prepared me for the workplace but also encouraged me to seek out a firm that cares very much about each of these matters. Specifically, my favorite classes were architectural history courses, upper level theory courses, and my church architecture course, and my favorite professors include Dr. Amundson, Dr. Miller, Dr. Torgerson and Prof Kaiser.

What are the strengths of your major/program at Judson?
The student to teacher ratio is definitely a plus. Also, the amount of collaboration and client contact Judson’s program provided has helped me acclimate into the workplace seamlessly compared to others who did not attend Judson. Also, I think the professors cared not just for the quality of our work but also for our relationship with God, family, and friends.

What advice can you give to current and prospective students about their time at Judson?
Regardless of whether or not you personally agree with a professor's design aesthetic or style, I encourage you to be open and learn from them. A Judson University education is well worth the investment!

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