Nicholas Koulbanis, AIA

Past President (2023)

Nick is a Principal and Director of the Higher Education Studio at SMMA. He joined the firm in 2017, bringing national experience with him in Higher Education, Life Science, Healthcare, and Commercial sectors. While with his previous firm, Nick led his previous firm’s Higher Education studio, designing and programming a number of projects across the country; he also worked on several projects for area institutions, including the design of The Center for Culinary Excellence for Johnson & Wales University, and South Street Landing / Rhode Island Nursing Education Center – a joint medical simulation project for Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island’s nursing programs in the old Narragansett Electric Power Station.

Over the past 3 years, Nick has served on the Board and Executive Committee for AIAri as Vice President / President Elect and as Secretary. Nick also worked to initiate the AIAri Committee on the Environment (COTE). Nick was born in Westerly, Rhode Island where he maintains a residence and enjoys his time in South County with his 2 children.

“In the role of President, I will provide AIAri with a continuum of the momentum established and assure a cohesive transition of the knowledge of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Through this, we will continue our work to elevate and enhance the profession with a commitment to design excellence and quality of the built environment.”