Nicola Walls

Architect · Joined 1997

Participation in the arts allows self-exploration and promotes a deeper understanding of the world we inhabit. The buildings that house the arts 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. Since 2010 Nicola has led 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 performing arts organisations, museums, community groups, and schools. The projects she has contributed to include the award-winning Theatre Royal in Glasgow, Eden Court in Inverness and more recently Leeds Playhouse.

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. She is also a Trustee of WASPS, Scotland’s largest provider of artist studio space, reflecting her interest in contemporary art. As a result of these external roles, 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. Her interest in democratic access is reflected in her championing inclusive design across the practice.

Nicola has led Page\Park’s UK expansion, heading up several major 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.