Opening at the Wallace Collection

Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, guest-curated by renowned writer and historian William Dalrymple, has opened at the Wallace Collection, with exhibition and graphic design by Nissen Richards Studio. The exhibition features, for the first time in the UK, the Indian master painters originally commissioned by officials from the East India Company in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, recognising them as among the greatest masterpieces of Indian painting.


London Design Awards Double Success      

Nissen Richards Studio has taken Gold and Silver at this year’s London Design Awards. Two of the studio’s London exhibition design projects were named winners in the ‘Pop Ups, Display, Exhibit & Set Design’ category: ‘An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection’ took Gold, whilst ‘Victoria: Woman and Crown’ at Kensington Palace took Silver.


Your Stonehenge 150 Years of Personal Photos

We have designed a special exhibition at Stonehenge, which has been created using photos taken by visitors over the years. It creates a wonderful social history of Stonehenge, and also charts the changing technology of photography.


The Museum of Lost and Found Potential  

To coincide with World Mental Health Day, ‘The Museum of Lost & Found Potential’ has opened in Covent Garden – a temporary exhibition revealing the stark and powerful picture of potential lost across the world to people, families, communities, businesses and society due to neglected mental health and suicide. The week-long exhibition will then go on tour internationally.


Magazine Music Venue Opens

Magazine London, a major new event space for the capital, has opened on the North Greenwich Peninsula. As visitors approach from North Greenwich Station, Magazine London forms a dynamic new horizontal plane against the vertical cluster of Canary Wharf’s towers on the north bank of the Thames. It is the result of a collaboration between innovative space creator Venue Lab, production specialists Vibration Group, experiential pioneers Broadwick Live and property developers Knight Dragon.


Retrospectrum Opens in Shanghai

The first retrospective exhibition of Bob Dylan’s visual artworks – Retrospectrum – has opened at the Modern Art Museum (MAM), Shanghai, marking the artist’s most comprehensive art exhibition to date anywhere in the world and enabling visitors to experience Dylan’s artwork in a uniquely immersive environment. Our design approach took inspiration from Bob’s artistic output, his huge cultural influence and the gritty bohemian settings he wrote about and lived in, de-constructing, abstracting and reworking archival images to evoke place and time.


Pankhurst Mews included in Open House  

We are delighted that Pankhurst Mews has been selected to be part of Open House London this weekend. The scheme, in London’s Finsbury Park, is a new-build property on a plot that formed part of the garden of our client’s childhood home. The successful design had to navigate complex planning and infrastructural restrictions.


Linthorpe Road Success

We are excited to announce our proposal on Linthorpe Road in Middlesborough has been granted planning permission. The project is to replace an existing retail building with a new 6-storey mixed use development of student housing and ground floor retail space. The design uses carefully proportioned brickwork and faceted concrete on the base and upper levels.


National Waterways Museum in Specification Today  

Specification Today Magazine has homed in on the fine detail of our National Waterways Museum project in Gloucester in a great 4-page feature this month. The project – the revitalisation of a Grade II Listed Building on the docks in Gloucester that tells the 200-year history of the docks – is now a successful heritage attraction.


Artists in Amsterdam opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery

  Now open at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Artists in Amsterdam is a new display exploring the personal stories of Dutch Golden Age painters and showing how Amsterdam became a cultural capital for the young artists and an economic superpower during the 17th century. Graphic design on the exhibition was by our talented in-house team.


Pippa Nissen the ONE at Design Insider  

Nissen Richards Studio Director Pippa Nissen was asked by the BCFA/Design Insiderto name her influences for the magazine’s regular ONE feature. Read more about Pippa’s answers, which include artist Gerhard Richter, designer Arne Jacobsen and Tate Modern’s Turbine hall, here –


Pippa Nissen on AJ Student Award Jury 2019    

Pippa Nissen has been named as one of the jurors for the 2019 AJ Student Prize, serving alongside Edmund Fowles of Feilden Fowles, Ken Okonkwo of Haworth Tompkins and Meredith Bowles of Mole Architects. The free-to-enter contest is aimed specifically at UK architecture schools and is open to all students on RIBA-accredited architecture courses.


Finalist for the AJ Retrofit Awards in Two Categories

Our project the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, has been shortlisted in two categories for the Architects’ Journals Retrofit Awards 2019. Firstly in the Cultural Buildings under £5 million, and in the Listed Building under £5 million category. We worked on the architecture, as well as exhibition design, graphics and film design of this exciting project.


Judge for the Blueprint Blue Riband Student Awards

Pippa was a judge for the Blueprint Blue Riband Student Awards this week, that showcased students from around the UK. It was exciting to see all the new emerging talent around Clerkenwell in the architecture schools’ exhibitions.


Manolo Blahnik Exhibition at the Wallace Collection

Our new exhibition An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection has opened. These exquisite shoes are placed throughout the Wallace in specially designed showcases, that resonate with the collection and different rooms.

New London Architecture Awards Commendation 2019

We are thrilled that Printworks has been commended at the New London Architecture Awards 2019 in the Meanwhile category, our project with Civic Engineers Ltd for Vibration Group.


Win at the Design Week Awards for Best Exhibition Design

We won! Life in the Dark, the exhibition we designed at the Natural History Museum, has won a Design Week Award 2019 for best exhibition design.

Victoria: Woman and Crown Opens on Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday

This fascinating exhibition about Queen Victoria has opened at Kensington Palace. We worked on the 3D design as well as the graphics, and created two films. We really enjoyed working on this interesting exhibition that looks Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image.


Winner of a D&AD Award 2019

We have won a D&AD Pencil for Creative Excellence for Spatial Design / Installation Design for Life in the Dark at the National History Museum, for our exhibition design working in collaboration with Jason Bruges Studio. Exciting!


Yemen: Inside a Crisis Exhibition Opens at The Imperial War Museum North

The exhibition that we designed at the Imperial War Museum North about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, opened last night. Through objects and films, it looks at the on-going conflict in Yemen.


You Say You Want A Revolution? Opens in Melbourne

Our exhibition about the counterculture of the 1960’s – and the impact on today, that started at the V&A has now opened in Melbourne Museum. The exhibition consists of over 500 objects from both the V&A and the museum’s own collection, as well as international loans.

Pippa Nissen writes for Architecture Today   

‘I found my architectural voice in the collaborative creativity of the theatre’, says Pippa Nissen. Read how Nissen Richards Studio Director fused her formal Cambridge University architecture training with the initially-confounding freedom of an MA in Theatre Design at the Slade School of Fine Art –


New Cultural Venue Starts On Site

‘Magazine London’, a new cultural venue in Central London, has started on site. The Foundations have been poured and the steelwork has arrived on site.


Plans for Redevelopment of Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff

We presented our future plans for the redevelopment of iconic music venue Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.


Exhibition Opens at the Wallace Collection

We are delighted that the exhibition that we designed at the Wallace Collection has opened – Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads. The exhibition displays Moore’s work alongside armour from the collection, and explores how the Wallace Collection inspired and influenced his work.


Clapton Square site

Planning permission was granted last night at Hackney Town Hall for our proposed infill of a vacant site within the Clapton Square Conservation Area. Comprising five residential units our contemporary yet complimentary design approach aims to address the tight urban mews while responding positively to the adjacent heritage assets. It was very pleasing to hear comments from the conservation officer praising the quality of our architectural response and we look forward to embarking on the next stages of the project with our client Paramount Apartments London.


Textiles Gallery Opens

We are really pleased to have worked on the permanent Textiles Gallery that is now open, within the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. The gallery charts the history of the cotton industry, and the textiles story through innovations in design. The space includes daily demonstrations on various machinery, and an exhibition that looks at detail points in this history. We were so pleased to work within this beautiful building, and our approach was to clear the space before designing in precise interventions so that the building can become part of this story.


Planning Permission For The Conversion of Listed Building

Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the upper floors of this locally listed building on High Street in Watford, which together with a roof-top rear extension will create four new residential dwellings. Following a refusal for a similar proposition in 2016, Nissen Richards were appointed by APG Property Management upon a recommendation from planning consultant GL Hearn, who advocated a design-led approach to unlock the site, and this referral was vindicated when members voted unanimously in favour last Wednesday as well as commenting on the quality of the design solution.


Electricity Exhibition Opens in Manchester

The exhibition Electricity: The spark of life has now opened at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. This exhibition has been redesigned for this space, having originated in the Welcome Collection’s galleries in London, before touring to Teylers Museum, Haarlem in the Netherlands. The exhibition looks at how electricity is so fundamental to our lives, and traces how inventors, scientists and artists have worked with it.

HOOKED opens at new London venue

We were delighted to have designed the first exhibition at the Science Gallery, London that has now opened. We hugely enjoyed working with different artists that looked at addiction in all it’s forms, working with scientists from Kings College


Edward Bawden and Tiepolo at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

We are delighted to have designed two exhibitions that are currently on at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The stunning Edward Bawden exhibition displaying his bold and graphic works pictured here, as well as the exhibition ‘Rediscover: Tiepolo’s Joseph Receiving Pharoh’s Ring’ that explores this painting focusing on techniques and details.

Photo by Gareth Gardner.


Finalist for the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018

We are thrilled that we are finalists for the AJ Retrofit Awards 2018 with the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia at the British Museum where we worked on the architecture, exhibition 2D and 3D design. We look forward to finding out the results in September!


Justice in the Balance

This permanent exhibition has now opened at the Shire Hall, Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorset, and runs through the whole listed building; connecting a series of new and existing spaces that we have brought to life through layers of interpretation, objects and films. We also worked on the branding, and designed a website to accompany the experience too that you can view here.  We enjoyed bringing out the latent stories in each room, from the cells, waiting rooms, to the courthouse itself.


Great Exhibition of the North

We are honoured to be a part of the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle, which opened last week across the city. We designed two exhibitions – firstly ‘Which Way North’ at the Great North Museum, Hancock highlighting northern creativity, innovation and industrial heritage right the way through the museum through it’s different galleries; and also ‘It’s Rocket Science’ at the Discovery Museum celebrating the return of the iconic Stephenson’s Rocket to Newcastle. The exhibitions are bold and colourful, in the spirit of a museum takeover during the expo.

Scheduled Monument Consent Granted For Sutton Hoo

We are delighted that our exciting proposals for National Trust comprising a new viewing tower and landscaped route through and around the Anglo Saxon Royal Burial Grounds at Sutton Hoo has achieved Scheduled Monument Consent and Planning Permission. A HLF stage 2 application is currently being collated and we hope to start work on the next phase in late 2017.


Powis Castle Exhibition

A new exhibition ‘House of Portraits’ has opened at Powis Castle and Gardens for the National Trust. We designed a series of interventions throughout the castle that showcase the beautiful paintings of its collection in new ways, and explore our own relationship to portraiture. The centrepiece is a miniature by Isaac Oliver of Edward Herbert.


Creek Road Receives Planning Permission

Planning permission was granted last night for our mixed use scheme on Creek Road in Greenwich. The proposals include commercial and retail units at ground and basement levels, with a variety of residential units above. The volume of the building is sculpted to respond to its urban location, with balconies cut into the mass and fourth floor is set back to break down the overall massing. The façade relief is detailed to express the masonry frame and produce an elegant composition using high quality materials and robust detailing.


Printworks New Venue Open

The new live music space that we helped create at Printworks, Canada Water opened on Friday, with headliners Django Django performing live on stage.


National Waterways Museum, Gloucester

Our extension to the Grade II Listed Llanthony Warehouse creating a new main entrance to the National Waterways Museum at  Gloucester docks, is now taking shape

The Clock Stops at Nostell Priory

We are excited to have designed this new exhibition at the beautiful Nostell Priory near Wakefield that is now open, for the National Trust. The Clock Stops showcases the handmade Harrison Clock from 1717 – and explores the life of Yorkshire’s famous clockmaker John Harrison. The artist Luke Jerram has created Harrison’s Garden with 2000 clocks as part of this 300 year celebrations of the clock’s birthday, that is on display at the same time. Photography Dan Dunkley