Nelson studied Architecture in Portugal and graduated in 2001 from the Escola Universitária das Artes de Coimbra (EUAC), where his key interests in the residential and performance space have informed his career.
Nelson joined Alison Brooks Architects in 2010 and progressed to Associate level in 2012. As Associate, Nelson works closely with clients, project teams and consultants and is predominantly involved in the delivery with multimillion pound residential and educational schemes, including: Kings Cross and Greenwich Peninsula Residential Towers and Phases 1a and 2b of the South Kilburn Regeneration Estate Masterplan. Nelson led the design and delivery of Ely Court scheme in South Kilburn, the recipient of several industry awards and accolades: 2016 RIBA National Award and recent nomination for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award.
Prior to ABA, Nelson worked for several accomplished practices, such as: de Paor Architects in Dublin, where he worked across several private houses through design and construction; the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Porto, where he was part of the delivery team for the internationally acclaimed 22,000m2 Casa da Música Concert Hall, where he developed and coordinated designs for the multi-faceted foyers; formal staircases and rehearsal spaces during the project’s construction stages. Furthering his experience in the performing Arts, Nelson came to London in 2008 to work at Austin Smith Lord, on Stages 2 and 3 of a 38,000m2 performing arts complex integrated within a new cultural centre in the heart of Abu Dhabi.
Currently Nelson is leading a residential tower scheme in Vancouver, the practice’s highest density project to date.