About the firm

Cecilia Hernandez Nichols and Robert Nichols founded FORMWORK in 2000 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The firm offers architectural, interior architecture, furniture design and art consultation services. We frequently collaborate with landscape architects to execute a comprehensive design concept. 

We believe that design does not stop or start at any given scale, thus environments must be assessed at all scales simultaneously and in a comprehensive way.  The firm’s strengths lie in modern design’s ability to connect and unify landscape and interior environments.Our work develops the peace that comes from a restrained, minimal approach to design,  along with a warm, tactile sensuality based in natural materials and well crafted fabrications.  Starting with passive strategies to elevate the health, efficiency and environmental footprint of our projects, we work to tailor strategies that work for our clients, their budgets and the environment.