Nicholas Varias is a visionary architect, inventor, artist and writer, passionate about the natural environment, new urbanism, clean transportation, and extraterrestrial human habitat.
Nicholas has graduated from the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, Romania, in 1972, on top of his class. After two years of working in Bucharest, and two years as refugee, living and working in Israel and Greece, Nicholas arrived in Montreal in 1976. From 1976 till 1993, he was employed by several architectural firms in Montreal, Toronto and London, Ontario, including Allan Levine Architect, Inducon, M.M. Dillon, Breivik Scorgie Wasylko Architects, and architects Tillmann Ruth Mocellin.
Between 1993 and 2010, Nicholas' s architectural practice has successfully completed projects for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Public Works & Government Services Canada, Department of National Defence, ProFac Facilities Management and private individuals and corporations. “Cita Vita” in Cairo, has been an exquisite multi-purpose project, for which Nicholas has visited Egypt in 1998. In 2002 & 2003, in Barrie, Ontario, Nicholas' s firm was involved in several downtown revitalization projects, the emergency shelter for the homeless, and has designed the “Am Shalom” Synagogue.
In 1996, Nicholas has won the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's FlexHousing Design Competition; a model unit of his design was built at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology in Ottawa, for which he had been the design architect. A "Story of Love and Success" , created by Nicholas, and published by CMHC, gives an insight into Nicholas's vision for his Flexhouse™. Then, over ten years of research and design efforts have resulted in Flexsola™, which is the environmental upgrade of Nicholas' s Flexhouse™ design, receiving the 2017 Toronto Construction Association' s Innovative Product Award.
During forty years of working as an architect in Ontario, Nicholas has gained extensive knowledge and experience with the Ontario Building Code, and from 2002, has also worked as plans examiner and building inspector in the towns of Essa, Innisfil, Oro-Medonte and Oakville.
In 2013, in order to express his passion for the natural environment, and to make his views known to the world, Nicholas has published "Brainstorming for a Beautiful Planet". This book includes many of his ideas, such as Honeycomb Villages, Trains over Highways, Islands Rescue, and Space Habitat . He is currently working on a 2nd edition. Nicholas's art includes Sketches of Oakville
Nicholas is a passionate chess player and nature lover, likes the arts, jazz and classical music. In addition to English, Nicholas also speaks French, Romanian and Hungarian.
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