VHGArchitects Welcomes New Staff
Crimella and Nuccio Bring Diverse Backgrounds and Experience to the Firm
Albuquerque-based VHGArchitects (formerly Van H. Gilbert Architect PC) has added two new staff members to its design team. “We are pleased to announce that Celina Crimella and Nicholas Nuccio have joined the practice,” says Van H. Gilbert, FAIA, firm founder. “They bring both experience and fresh perspectives to our projects.”
Crimella has worked as a project designer in interior design as well as architecture projects and moves easily between roles. She also has excellent experience in hospitality design and her portfolio includes several notable properties throughout New Mexico.
“It’s exciting to see how my background contributes to the range of projects here at VHGA—from academic facilities to the President’s Residence at New Mexico Tech, ” said Crimella. “Every project is a new opportunity.”
Nuccio, a self-described creative maker, came to architecture after working for a number of years on other design-related endeavors including art, film, and construction. As an architectural project manager and designer, his experience includes both commercial and academic projects.
“I enjoy being part of the team at VHGA where we are working on a number of higher education projects, including the new Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Sciences Building at the University of New Mexico, said Nuccio. “It’s exactly the creative challenge I was looking for.”
A graduate of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, Crimella completed her earlier studies in architecture at the Poltecnico di Milan, Italy, and in graphic design at Castello Sforzesco in Milan. She is an active volunteer in community activities including the Architecture and Children program, School Zone Institute at Eubank Elementary school in Albuquerque.
Nuccio holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of New Mexico where he was a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal and a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society.
VHGArchitects is one of the region’s leading architectural practices. With an award-winning portfolio of academic, cultural and zoological projects, the firm provides planning, design, and interior design services with a focus on environmental sustainability. Current and recent projects include University of New Mexico Physics & Astronomy Interdisciplinary Sciences Building; New Mexico Tech’s Geology Building, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility; the Science and Math Learning Center at the University of New Mexico; a new Ninth-Grade Academy at Rio Grande High School for Albuquerque Public Schools; new elementary schools for Santo Domingo Pueblo for the Bernalillo Public Schools and the Del Norte Elementary School for Gallup-McKinley School District; and, a new Penguin Exhibit at the ABQ BioPark.