Russ Nichols

  • Principal


Where did you go to school?

Washington State University

Anything in particular you remember about school or early practice?

I remember pulling multiple all-nighters in school. I couldn’t wait to get out and practice so I wouldn’t have to do that again…right! However, it did make me realize early on that you’ve got to love what you do—and enjoy the people you do it with.

What do you do at RMW?

Whatever I can.

What do you like about the firm?

RMW is a great place for entrepreneurs. In a profession where people tend to jump from firm to firm chasing design opportunities and trying to align skills with interest, RMW has always offered clear professional paths to aspire to. If you are driven by challenges or just a pure desire to grow professionally, you can find it at RMW. I’ve lived this from my early days of being hired as an interior job captain to now president of the firm.

You’ve got to love what you do—and enjoy the people you do it with.

What do you do outside the firm (hobbies, family life, pets, etc.)?

I absolutely love being on the water, mainly in the form of sailing. Being on the Bay or in a major body of water is a humbling yet peaceful way of nature reminding us of who’s in charge. I find sailing to be a great escape from our daily lives and routines. The vast scale and serenity of the water can help clear the mind, but the power and unpredictability requires absolute focus of the moment.

Why did you decide to go into architecture/interior design?

I think being introverted as a kid made me very aware of my own immediate sense of space and enclosure. From building tree houses to cardboard forts when I was young… and even convincing my high school to offer an architectural drawing class in lieu of the standard mechanical drafting (nothing against all of you mechanical engineers), my path was determined early. There was never a second thought of what I would be doing for the rest of my life.

What sport do you play?

Who said golf isn’t a sport?