This is byWatkins: An in an architecture - interior design firm, led by principals Brett and Nicola Watkins.
Calling on two decades of experience traversing countries and continents, we've become masters of our environment, shaping spaces to the environs they inhabit. Designing exclusively for the hospitality industry and high-end residential projects, byWatkins spaces beckon you and your guests to linger a little longer.
O U R D I F F E R E N C E
be our guest
It’s not enough to design aesthetic spaces—they need to embrace your guests like a second dwelling, an invitation to sit, rest and stay a while. They need to marry form and function, evoking the senses and serving both their needs and yours. That’s where we step in.
Seasoned in hospitality
Backed by a combined 25 years designing for the hospitality and high-end residential industry, we are hands-on principals and seasoned jetsetters who understand the nuances of international projects intimately—and deliver them seamlessly.
Rooted in nature
Whether sprawling lawns or cement city blocks, the environs of a destination are the inspiration of our work. We take our cues from the mainstays of a locale, amplifying nature and culture in every space we design. We don’t borrow from trends; we set them.
Invested in the details
The details bring the experience of a place to life. From the touch of a floorboard to the feel of a feather pillow, it’s the subtleties that awaken our senses and influence our experience of a space. No detail of a byWatkins space is ever overlooked.
“Details are not details; they make the product.”
—Charles Eames, Furniture Designer & Architect
B R E T T W A T K I N S
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL OF ARCHITECTURE
Brett relocated from Silicon Valley to Chicago to complete his Bachelor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology. Having worked for renowned architectural practice Murphy Jahn, Brett crossed the Atlantic to London to complete his Masters in Architecture at the Architectural Association.
He continued his career at an international design firm, designing lavish, large-scale hotels and resorts the globe round. Charged with high-profile developments, Brett found fulfilment not only in the prestige of projects but the challenge of seamlessly implementing and managing them. The expanse of his work laid the foundations for founding byWatkins.
N I C O L A W A T K I N S
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL OF INTERIORS
Nicola is more than a designer: She’s a visionary and a founding partner of not one but two design firms. With her business acumen, she’s led projects from concept to completion, her hand in strategy, creative and management alike. After completing her BA (Hons) in Interior Design at Leeds Arts University, Nicola moved from Manchester to London where she made her start in luxury hotel and residential interiors.
In 2010, she joined Tara Bernerd & Partners as
a founding partner and scaled the brand into
an international design house over the ensuing decade with a focus on hotels and high-end residential development projects.