A team of skilled craftsmen, architects and engineers, Fine Concrete’s approach is to translate design into built form. In the studio, we have trained architects guiding the process through design and shop drawings, handing off to project managers and fabricators with over 25 years of experience in precast formwork and casting. We are experts in 3-dimensional form and Ductal®, the specialty ultra high performance concrete design mix and hold a sublicense to design and fabricate with this patented technology. We have the resources of Lafarge technical behind us and a relationship with Silman Associates as our Ductal® certified engineering team.
Alexander Kitchin was educated at the University of Virginia and Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He is a Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome in 2001/2002 and a recipient of a Graham Foundation grant for the investigation into design and research in concrete.
Alexander teaches a design studio at the University of Virginia exploring the ways architects approach design and product development and investigating the character inherent in materials and how the process of making informs the spaces we design. He has taught studios at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.
As the founder of the firm and as a leading designer in concrete furnishings, Alexander brings to the firm over 25 years of experience in architecture and advanced digital and analog formwork and concrete casting techniques. He is an expert in concrete design mixes, in Ultra High Performance Concrete fabrications, and in translating design intent into realities of form and space.
Nicole Sherman graduated from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University with a degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies. She studied Russian Language at Columbia University Language Institute.
A daughter of an award-winning architect, she and her husband, Bill Sherman, founded William Sherman and Associates; her focus being the operation and financial dealings of the ten-person architecture firm. Also at this time, Nicole founded Softhardwear and NicoleNoelle, publishing two books on jewelry design and exhibiting in galleries and stores on the east coast.
In 2008, Nicole joined the firm and established a new partnership, Fine Concrete, specializing in custom casting and production lines for the urban landscape.
She is an expert in product design and development, manufacturing systems and implementation.
In 2012, Alexander and Nicole established the first material research studio with Ductal®, Ultra High Performance Concrete, a collaboration with LaFarge North America, the University of Virginia and their firm, Fine Concrete. The firm continues to research and explore the ways in which Ultra High Performance Concrete intersects the design world with new and innovative castings.