Proposal for Marion County Library's Addition / Renovation Approved!

Main Street Facade Concept Study

Harrison Street & Parking Facade Concept Study

We are very excited to see this project move forward!

Nomi is passionate about place-making so we will be working closely with the library and community to develop this property into a people-first, multi-use space.

We are especially looking forward to collaborating with MCPL on some custom, interactive fabrication elements for children and teens!

Nomi Featured as One of ARCHITECT Magazine's "Next Progressives"

Nomi Featured as One of ARCHITECT Magazine's "Next Progressives"

A profile of Nomi and Owner / Founder, Matthew Brooks in the May 2017 issue of ARCHITECT Magazine.

A profile of Nomi and Owner / Founder, Matthew Brooks in the May 2017 issue of ARCHITECT Magazine.

Nomi is profiled in the May 2017 online and hard copy of ARCHITECT magazine.  A premier journal for architecture industry news and building resources for architects and architecture industry professionals, ARCHITECT profiled Nomi as a "Next Progressive" in the industry for its forward thinking, researched-based designs and its ability to enhance those designs through fabrication of many of the elements. 

Read the full article.

Read the complete press release.

BUSt! boredom: Ready For Its Close Up

Matthew Brooks, owner and founder of Nomi explains the inspiration behind the BUSt! boredom Mega Maze and Misfits installations.

Matthew Brooks, owner and founder of Nomi explains the inspiration behind the BUSt! boredom Mega Maze and Misfits installations.

Documentation of our recent work with the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, LexTran, LexPark and KaBoom! is currently underway. 

Last year, the LDDA's "BUSt! boredom" proposal to re-imagine the Transit Center was chosen as 1 of 50 winners from over 1,000 applicants to receive a grant from KaBoom!'s Play Everywhere Challenge, a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Initial concept sketch for Misfits

Initial concept sketch for Misfits

During Lexington’s Public Space Public Life Study performed by the Gehl Institute in 2015, the Transit Center was identified as a “harsh and undignified experience that forces transit users to wait in a space with few amenities cut off from the rest of Downtown." (Gehl, 2015) The goal of BUSt! boredom is to "encourage wonder, conversation, pride, and a sense of belonging for the almost 5,000 predominantly low income individuals who pass through this space every day" and to "inspire imagination and promote interaction among caregivers and children during their 10 to 15 minute wait." (LDDA, 2016)

Nomi worked alongside two other design teams, the UK College of Design and Informal Office to develop prototypical and replicable concepts that allow children (and adults) in Lexington to "Play Everywhere". Our two concepts, "Mega Maze" and "Misfits" are currently installed at Lexington's central transit center on Vine Street.

We had a lot of fun working on this one and are very excited to be part of this people-first design project for our city!

Read more about the critical role of play in education.

Come See Us at the KSBA Annual Conference!

We will feature our recently completed project, Fairview Independent High School at our booth this year!

We will feature our recently completed project, Fairview Independent High School at our booth this year!

The Nomi crew has been working together to design learning environments for over a decade. We are proud to exhibit our work this week at the Kentucky School Board Association's 81st Annual Conference!

Nomi Designer a Participating Artist in Lexington Art League's Latest Exhibit

Expanding Fields opens this Friday, February 24 from 6pm to 9pm.

The Lexington Art League's latest exhibition organized by guest curator, Cat Wentworth, seeks to broaden the understanding of architecture beyond the conventional notion of building buildings. Participating local and national artists all have architectural backgrounds and will present work that challenge the boundary between architecture and other disciplines. 

Rebecca Cox who specializes in design and branded environments at Nomi will exhibit four pieces which seek to physically and emotionally document experience, culture and place through collage, drawing and painting. Over a period of two years Rebecca lived and worked in in four different neighborhoods of Berlin, Germany; moving each time with only two suitcases. Experiences and interactions became more important than possessions. Rebecca began documenting these moments by gathering and composing small, transportable artifacts into collage and by generating cognitive maps of her path through and perception of the city. She continues to travel, collecting rather than purchasing ‘souvenirs’ and transforming them using collage, painting and drawing to create visual, personal records of her experiences.

Read more about the exhibit and get the details here: ttp://

AIA National Features Nomi on Instagram!

Architectural and Interiors projects by Nomi 

Architectural and Interiors projects by Nomi 

Check out the AIA's Instagram page during the week of December 12th-16th to see a selection of Nomi projects featured!

The AIA will post images of CaloSpa, Fairview Independent High School and Nomi's very own Louisville Office over the next, few days.

Nomi & Neighbors Featured in Business Lex

For the December Issue, Jon-Michael Brothers interviews Delaware Avenue business owners and explains how we collaborate with one another to bring exciting new products and services to Lexington. He asked Nomi's founder and owner, Matthew Brooks about our approach to design:

It keeps you sharp,’ said Brooks. ‘You do the same thing over and over again, you may lose the innovation. I think that with the way we approach our design work, we see everything as a design challenge, that even the smallest things are a design challenge, that we hone our design skills for everything that we do and we keep it fresh.

Check out the complete article to learn more about Nomi and our neighbors.

Nomi Receives AIA Kentucky Honor Award!



Nomi was recognized for excellence in the design of CaloSpa Rejuventation Center in Lexington, KY.

Thank you to our amazing clients, Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace & Dr. Nana N. Mizuguchi!

Read more about the awards here!


This design demonstrates the power of a simple generative idea. The often misused curvilinear wall, in this case, plays a subtle role of creating a sense of relaxation in the carefully edited space. Further it delineates the boundary between front and back of house. The design succeeds in creating a relaxing ethereal experience.
— Jury Comments

A press release issued by AIA Kentucky described the judging process:

The jury was directed to evaluate each project based on the success with which the project met its own individual requirements.  In its deliberations, the jury considered energy efficiency and accessibility to persons with disabilities, as well as functional utility, economy, environmental harmony and attention to the social concerns of the profession.  In addition, consideration was given to how the project’s design addressed AIA’s 10 Principles of Livable Communities. 

Each was weighed individually, not in comparison with one another, and the jury was free to select as many or as few projects as it determined to be worthy of recognition. Projects selected were deemed to have successfully met the scope of challenges with which the architect was presented.

We also wish to extend congratulations to our fellow awardees: 

  • K. Norman Berry Associates & wHY Architecture for the Speed Art Museum Expansion
  • de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop for the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum Visitor Pavilion
  • Architectural Artisans for the Gilbert Residence.

Broken Sidewalk Features Louisville's First Parklet, Fabricated by Nomi!

Broken Sidewalk Features Louisville's First Parklet, Fabricated by Nomi!

We are proud to collaborate with Gresham Smith & Partners and Metro Louisville on the design and fabrication of the city's first parklet, the Community Table! Unveiled September 26, 2016 at the Louisville Idea Festival, the Community Table will soon make its way to the Portland neighborhood where it will be parallel parked in front of The Table, a non-profit restaurant that operates on a pay-what-you-can model. The concept of the parklet will support The Table's mission to create 'a place where everyone is welcome'.

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New Blue Grass Stockyards Breaks Ground in Lexington

On January 30th of 2016 the historic stockyards near downtown Lexington caught fire and burned. Almost all of the 10-acre property was destroyed. Blue Grass Stockyards (BGS) came to Nomi in mid-February to discuss rebuilding a new state-of-the-art facility on a complex site in Fayette County. We worked quickly and collaboratively with BGS to develop a design that re-invents the idea of what stockyards can be. Just eight months later, in September, 2016 we broke ground on a new site near the Kentucky Horse Park.



The new Lexington stockyards is a complex and unique type of facility that pairs time-tested methods of operation with leading trends in agribusiness. Similar to the other facilities owned by BGS, the new public building houses stockyards administrative and sales offices, a sales arena and café. But there are also new functions added which will alter their business model and transform how BGS interfaces with the public. The Lexington location now has dedicated areas for media services and internet sales, leasable space for agricultural retailers and even a museum and education center where the public can learn about the history and operations of the cattle business. While streamlining sales operations, the new Lexington location will also nurture a new type of relationship with the community and make Blue Grass Stockyards a key player in agritourism, one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry.

We worked closely with BGS to develop an architectural style specific to their brand. In order to recreate the ‘magic’ of the original sales arena, we studied its dimensions, proportions and sight lines and incorporated those into the new design. We also re-purposed the original brick pavers from the old stockyards for the main entry hall floor of the new sales building; a modern, double- height space filled with daylight and lined with retail storefronts. By melding historical elements and agricultural visual cues with modern proportions and materials we designed Blue Grass Stockyards’ new location in a style we like to call ‘AgMo’ or Agricultural Modern; a style we feel expresses their history while supporting their forward-thinking business approach.

Back to School at Fairview Independent!

We're pleased to announce the opening of the new renovation and addition to Fairview Independent High School and Middle School!

Visit the project page to learn about the design strategies we used to customize this school especially for Fairview's teachers and students.

Fairview Independent's New Lobby



Insider Louisville Features Nomi

Thanks to Caitlin Bowling at Insider Louisville for publishing this write-up on our new office. We are thrilled to bring our unique business model and range of services to a fantastic town like Louisville!

Read the complete article here.

'Moment' House Dedicated to Michael Mead

We are very honored to dedicate the Moment House prototype in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Michael Mead.

Michael was a true maker who greatly impacted the culture at Nomi. In the words of company owner, Matthew Brooks, “When Michael took a special interest in a project, as he did with the LuigART Makers Spaces, there was no stopping him. There is no better way to celebrate our friend and colleague than by seeing his vision to fruition.”

Read more about Michael and the Moment House in the press release below:



Posthumously Realized, the Ground-Breaking Project Was Brainchild of Beloved Marine and University of Kentucky Associate Architecture Professor

Lexington, KY (May 2, 2016) On Friday morning, 142 York Street in Lexington will become a physical manifestation of Michael Mead’s determination, hard work, and talent, as the new home he designed is dedicated in his honor. Friends, colleagues, family, and the community lost a rising star when Mead, a decorated Iraq and Afghanistan combat Veteran, took his own life in September of 2014. In the very midst of a largely internal struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Michael excelled in all he did, including helping Nomi Design win a nationwide design competition for the North Limestone Community Development Corporation’s LuigART Makers Spaces project.

When the NoLi CDC conceptualized an affordable housing project on York Street in Lexington, they knew they wanted to create affordable, well-built, energy-efficient, flexible, beautiful, and inspiring spaces. Part of doing so was enlisting national level architectural talent to participate in a design competition. While firms from throughout the country participated, the winning design came from much closer to home. In part due to the work of Mead, Lexington’s Nomi Design emerged from the competition with the successful design. Matthew Brooks, Principal at Nomi Design said, “When Michael took a special interest in a project, as he did with the LuigART Makers Spaces, there was no stopping him. There is no better way to celebrate our friend and colleague than by seeing his vision to fruition.”

That winning design has now come to life as 142 York nears completion this spring. The construction technique, called "moment framing," utilizes pieces cut from plywood sheets by a computer guided router that are fabricated in-shop and then put together onsite, much like a giant puzzle. The technique decreases onsite construction time, and reduces material waste. Lead by the NoLi CDC, with funding from the LFUCG Affordable Housing Trust, ArtPlace America, Peoples Exchange Bank, and The Knight Foundation, this home as well as the other 6 affordable owner-occupied live/work units in the LuigART project will sell for around $80,000 to buyers making at or below 80% of Area Median Income.

Mead served five years of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a CH53 helicopter crew chief and served two tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, earning the presidential air medal for 149 combat support missions. After his service, Michael also excelled academically graduating Summa Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo, followed with his Master's degree in Architecture from University of Kentucky. Upon graduation Mead started work with Architect Matthew Brooks, and began shaping the next generation of students as an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky.

While Michael seemed to be flourishing in his life, love, and career, PTSD was silently taking it’s toll. Michael was not alone. According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs up to 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan combat Veterans suffer from PTSD, and there are nearly 22 Veteran suicides
each day. Since his passing, Michael’s father George has worked to help Veterans connect with the resources they need. George works closely with Vet to Vet USA a peer to peer support program that utilizes veterans to help other veterans. Geared specifically towards Michael’s peers the Wounded Warrior project offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001. George says, “While the dedication of 142 York will to serve to honor Michael’s legacy of achievement and service, the biggest honor would be to open up this conversation about the struggles our Veterans experience, and get even just one person the help they need.”

For more information about Michael’s design vision, the LuigART Makers Space project, and the North Limestone Community Development Corporation visit

House Dedication Ceremony in honor of Michael Mead
Media welcome Please let know if you plan to attend.

Friday, May 6, 2016
9:00 am

142 York Street
Lexington, KY 40505

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For more photos and further media inquiries in regards to the project please contact Alex Huber at or 859.536.8838

Athenian Grill & Nomi Together Again!

We are thrilled to be working again with Athenian Grill on the development of a new Greek bakery concept! Taking cues from the original Ashland Avenue store and the newer Locust Hill location our goal is to generate a design that reinforces the Athenian brand but can also stand on its own.

Read more about the Athenian Bakery and get an amazing cookie recipe in this Lexington Herald Leader article by Janet Patton.