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Book Project Has Always Had Bright Intentions. Now it Has a Building to Match.

Re-purposed shipping container kitchenette with custom wood casework by Nomi

Re-purposed shipping container kitchenette with custom wood casework by Nomi

The renovation of the International Book Project's headquarters on Delaware Avenue is complete and featured in a article by Cheryl Truman.

In 2016 the International Book Project (IBP) developed a strategic plan that committed to increasing the number of books shipped to at least 500,000 per year. One of the major obstacles they faced was the condition of their facility.

Working closely with IBP, we evaluated their current building and helped them make the difficult decision whether to abandon or renovate their existing location. Of the three firms interviewed, Nomi was the only one to recommend preserving their historic warehouse property.

Their staff of architects was enthusiastic responsive, creative , and respected our budgetary constraints. They understood us.
— Lisa Fiedler Fryman, Executive Director, IBP

We hosted a weekend Charrette (aka visioning session) for IBP administrators, staff and board members during which we facilitated a discussion about their operations and environment. We then translated that information into a working program and a flexible, open layout that would allow staff and volunteers to operate efficiently now and into the future.

IBP’s need for flexible space is supported by the custom fabricated casework we designed and fabricated especially for this project. The sturdy mobile kitchen island and rolling work tables can handle to weight of piles of books an allow staff and volunteers to reconfigure their space into the ideal environment for each operational task.

Brand reinforcement is essential for non-profit organizations who rely on community awareness to bring in volunteers and donations. Unique design elements like the repurposed shipping container reinforce their mission of promoting global literacy by shipping books to over 50 countries.

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. 

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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.

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.