Nicholas Boyarsky PhD, AA Dipl, BA(Hons), RIBA, ARB studied at the Architectural Association in London, graduating in 1988. He worked for Zaha Hadid on projects in Berlin and Hamburg, for Michael Hopkins on Bracken House, and for Stefano de Martino on Chiat Day’s London offices before establishing BMA with Nicola Murphy in 1994.
Nicholas has lectured and taught at many European, North American and Far Eastern schools of architecture and contributed to conferences, symposia and workshops. He has been a Visiting Professor in the US, at Cornell, RISD and NJIT, at Bergen Architecture School in Norway, and at NCKU in Taiwan. He directed Syracuse University’s London architecture programme from 2007 to 2010. Nicholas taught a design studio at the Bartlett, London in the Masters of Urban Design course from 2010-2012. He taught a fifth year studio at Oxford Brookes with a collaborative project based in the post-socialist landscapes of the Balkans and the Baltics (the Baltikans) alongside Peter Lang, the Italian group Stalker, and schools of architecture in Stockholm and Sarajevo from 2015 to 2021. He currently teaches history and theory at Greenwich University where he also teaches a post graduate design studio. Nicholas is a founding member of the Urban Flashes network. He completed his PhD ‘Serious Play – A Deltiology of Practice‘ in 2016 as part of RMIT University’s invitational Practice Based Research (PRS) program. He is currently a Professor of Architecture at RMIT University where he supervises candidates on the PRS PhD programmes in Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, and Europe, Barcelona.
Nicola Murphy PhD, AA Dipl studied at the Architectural Association in London, graduating in 1989. She worked for OMA on Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, for Sauerbruch Hutton on the GSW tower in Berlin, for Stefano de Martino on Chiat Day’s London offices and for Swanke Hayden Connell on Deutsche Bank’s London head quarters before establishing BMA with Nicholas Boyarsky.
Nicola has lectured and taught at many European schools of architecture. She has taught interior design at Chelsea College of Art & Design and at London Metropolitan University. Her interests include exhibition design, the design of furniture and bespoke built-in elements, for which she is currently developing a number of prototypes, landscape design and the development and use of innovative and experimental materials. Nicola is a founding editor of Black Dog Publication’s Serial Books. Nicola completed her practiced based PhD, ‘Slow Practice – (Re)drawing Time. Balancing Narratives, Ghosts and Tensions’ at RMIT University and the University of Westminster in 2023.