A newly formed Lexington-based architecture firm has planted roots in Louisville.
Nomi Architecture, Design and Fabrication started operating in Louisville a couple months ago, building out an office at 2001 Frankfort Ave. in the Art Space building, and is officially launching the business with an open house from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.
“Clifton is great and vibrant, and we are excited to be in that part of town,” said Brad Noe, director of Nomi’s Louisville office.
Projects Nomi employees have worked on, according to the company’s website, include a medical spa, a restaurant, a private pool house and an elementary school gym. Its project have ranges from as low as $2,500 up to $25 million.
“We are all over the map, but our core business is education,” Noe said.
At its Frankfort Avenue office, Nomi also has a storefront set up, showcasing custom-made items the company has fabricated.
“Anything you can imagine, we can make,” Noe said.
In addition to providing architectural services, Nomi has a fabrication studio in Lexington with full woodworking and metal working capabilities along with two CNC machines where it can make furniture, signs, branding materials and trade show exhibits the company has designed.
“Nomi offers a business model that we feel is truly unique to this region,” Noe said. “The creation of the fabrication shop is allowing Nomi to seamlessly cross markets and blur the lines of the traditional architectural practice.”
He is the only person who works full-time in the office, but it provides a place where Nomi architects and designers can set up shop while visiting Louisville to meet with clients and work on projects. Nomi has 16 employees.
Architect Matthew Brooks started Nomi in late 2015 after splitting with former partner Michael Sparkman, principal at Lexington architecture firm Alt32.
Even though Nomi officially became a company last year, Brooks has wanted to expand into Louisville for a while, Noe said.
“Louisville is a great market,” Noe said. “It’s a market that they’ve been wanting to get into for a while, and the time was right.”