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OUR BELIEFS  /  “Architecture as Evolution”

Architecture as Language

We believe that architecture should be an interesting and engaging conversation. Intelligent discourse that interacts with its public in a language that transcends contemporary style or ornament. A language of ideas and philosophies that channel the concepts of deconstruction as envisioned by Jacques Derrida. We draw from Sausurre in using symbolic forms and shapes as signifiers — in which physical form might be distinct from its meaning. Open for interpretation. And in that translation, we are inspired by the psychology of Lacan, by connecting symbols within a chain of meaning. Of différance. Of architecture as shared communication.  A language lived.    

Architecture as Change

We believe that local action changes the world for the better. That brilliant architecture — that which is truly one of a kind — is not only possible, but promises to attract public attention. To activate a desire to be replicated. Where elements are transformed into iconic design. Design that inspires landscapes. Design that changes lives. Our work aims to create architecture that enhances sensory perception for contemplation. That visually alters the chaos of urbanization in creating a more harmonious environment. That pushes the boundaries of design and that leads to a future evolution in architecture, intently focused on social and environmental responsibility and energy efficiency in every outcome. That engages likeminded architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, and builders in a harmonic process. To affect a new movement of architects-as-developers envisioning and building exemplary design without compromise. Again and again.

Architecture as Art

We believe that form follows art. In defined contrast to modernist architecture, where it is believed form should follow function, we ascribe to the idea that in contemporary architecture, function best follows form. That form is but a symbol. And that a true architectural evolution means that form should follow contemporary art. And architecture. To become a movement that elevates practice and provokes a new standard of critical thinking. Consideration. Contemplation. For STUDIO KHORA, contemporary art is the elemental key to unlocking a new world of contemporary architecture. A world in which the architect may also influence contemporary art. Where achieving a higher-level mindset moves contemporary architecture to its own next level.

We are on a mission to express a new vision for contemporary design with its sculptural geometric forms and playful layouts that continually provoke, challenge, and inspire. — STUDIO KHORA 

About STUDIO KHORA / “Collective Vision”

At STUDIO KHORA, we believe we are made better by those around us. That we see more effectively as  a result of the collective eye. That vision — and in fact, all of the senses — become sharpened by the experiences, strengths, processes, and perspectives of others. It’s an orchestra of vision. Of consciousness. Our role, as conductor, considers every aspect of the creative input and with the orchestra, we make that vision come to life.   

Intently focused on the design language of deconstruction, STUDIO KHORA challenges the artistic boundaries of minimalist contemporary residential and commercial architecture — earnest in reshaping the possibilities of true collaboration within the space. 

We work with clients to create extraordinary contemporary waterfront residences. By observing the complexity in the natural systems of these unique sites, we recognize the hidden and unpredictable geometry that exists within nature. Its waves of information that create a field of pure being. From that vantage, we may translate geometry into symbolic elements clearly present in human behavior and contemporary art. 

The approach requires a discerning client-partner. One that is open to exploring new ways of communicating visually in the built environment. Of understanding and empathy in a loop of continuous input and shared feedback. Theory to practice. Consciousness. 

For clients and designers alike, it is a single field of being. And it proves most fulfilling.  


To us, the meaning of “KHORA” reflects a non-physical space where architecture is received from the intelligible realm. Where vision is connected to shape architecture within a physical world. A universal unity. Along with others, the term KHORA was employed by French philosopher Jacques Derrida, who inspired a revolution in contemporary architecture and created a cross-fertilization of philosophy and the arts. Deconstruction. For us, the idea is in the discovery of exceptional architectural composition, even in the absence of continuity or predictable symmetry. 

The challenge is present in seeking harmony between built and natural environments. Oceanfront properties, for example. Striking a balance between budget and vision. Establishing and building upon the rhythms of collaboration, communication and personal interaction — like a client’s portrait. 

KHORA is a union of forces. Consciousness. Together, we find it within the collective vision of many. 



Studio KHORA is an award-winning Fort Lauderdale architecture firm for luxury homes focuses on contemporary architecture, modern homes, minimalist architecture, green building and sustainable design. Working with developers in South Florida, KHORA has received 11 AIA awards and has been included in the top architects in the USA list.

ALEX PENNA / Principal 

M.Arch, LEED AP, NCARB - Design Leader for Contemporary Architecture

As a principal at STUDIO KHORA, Alex has evolved the portfolio direction of Rex Nichols Architects to contemporary architecture, effectively leading to the firm’s inclusion in the Top 50 Residential Architects in the U.S. since 2015. Having worked in London for world-renowned architectural firms including Foster+Partners, OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture),  Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners,  and  Rafael Viñoly architects,  Alex has contributed sustainable design initiatives across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He earned a Master's Degree in Sustainable Architecture from Bologna University, Italy and is accredited by  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and also by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in the U.S.

For Alex, an aesthetic is but one outcome. A conclusion. The life of a truly innovative structure embraces efficiency, playfulness, technology and craft. Consciousness. Meaning.

Interpretation. A conversation without ending.


REX NICHOLS / President 

Chairman of Government and Civic Affairs Committee - AIA

Architectural License Registration in Florida and Maine

Rex Nichols, with over three decades in architectural design, is a master at crafting captivating, award-winning projects. His accolades include prestigious national awards from organizations like the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Interior Designers. His work graces the pages of renowned national and international publications. As a conductor of design, construction documents, and construction agreement administration, Rex Nichols showcases his expertise in every aspect of his profession. He earned his architectural degree at the University of Florida College of Architecture and Fine Arts, continuing his education at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

In 1977, he acquired NCARB and Florida Registration, followed by Maine State Registration in 1984, cementing his status as a leading figure in the field. Rex Nichols currently serves as the Chairman of the Government and Civic Affairs Committee at the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

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