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Nick is a licensed Architect and serves as director of specifications and materials research at MCA.  He has extensive experience in forensic architecture, materials science and conservation, design development, specification writing, and construction administration. Since joining the firm in 2007, his responsibilities have included conducting both in-situ and in-house research and testing, and developing critical details and specifications for a wide range of building envelope components, both above and below-grade, for remedial work and new construction with an emphasis on moisture, air, vapor, and energy transfer. He heads McGinnis Chen Associates’ Chicago office and is a Certified Construction Specifier and Passive House Consultant. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.