Meet the Architect

Meet the Architect

Gene Nicolelli, Jr., AIA, NCARB, CAPS
Gene Nicolelli, Jr.Principal of NICOLELLI ARCHITECTS


I have been practicing architecture for over 35 years with a majority of my experience specializing in housing. I was fortunate to have gained invaluable, broad based knowledge in home design during my fifteen years in Southern California working with housing developers, marketing consultants and individual homeowners. In a diverse and design savvy market this required designing homes that would appeal to a wide variety of homebuyers consisting of first time, move-up, and empty-nesters. In 1995 I returned to my home state of Minnesota and started my own practice designing a wide range of projects for residential and business clients.

As I have evolved as an architect I have become very interested in universal design. After researching the subject I noticed that, although you could find house plans that were called "accessible", the majority of the plans stopped at wider doors and a shower with no floor curb. That inspired me to create home plans that captured the true essence of universal design. I wanted to demonstrate how universal design equates to good design and would appeal to a wide range of homebuyers.


I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Dakota State University. I am licensed in Minnesota and California and am certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB). NCARB enables the certificate holder reciprocal licensure in most states. Additionally, I am a Certified Aging - in - Place Specialist (CAPS) certified by the National Association of Home Builders 50+ Housing Council.


2012 Gold Achievement Award

2012 Gold Achievement Award
Best Detached Home on the Boards

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