Nigel Coates, Architect, Author & Designer
Ever since the heady days of the NATØ architecture group he founded in the early 80s, Nigel Coates has consistently challenged the practice of architecture – overlapping it with fashion, design and the history of ideas. Whatever the focus, Coates will fill it with passion, irony and instinct. After training at the AA, Coates associated himself with the turbulence of urban life. His inventive, artfully-driven narratives have translated into many buildings, interiors and exhibitions around the world, particularly in Japan and the UK. More experimental exhibition work includes Mixtacity at Tate Modern (2007) and Hypnerotosphere at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale. As a designer of lighting and furniture he collaborates with many Italian companies including Alessi, GTV and Fornasetti. His semi-autobiographical ‘Guide to Ecstacity’ was published by Laurence King in 2003 and ‘Narrative Architecture’ by Wiley in 2012. He is also a leading light at the new London School of Architecture.