Arch. Ilko Nikolov

Arch. Ilko Nikolov
Manager | Designer-architect

Investment design, consulting, entrepreneurship

From 1996 until now: Co-owner and manager of design companies ARKONT Nikolov and Co. GP and ARKONT-A Ltd. - Plovdiv; Owner and manager of ARKONT Ltd. - Plovdiv

Design, consulting

Urban development projects: detailed development plan for AR Ancient Plovdiv, Plovdiv municipality - specific rules; detailed plan for Badelema district; detailed urban plan for East Industrial Zone - Asenovgrad; detailed plan for core Studenetz, Pamporovo resort - Smolyan municipality.

Investment projects: IV City Hospital - Plovdiv /co-authorship/; restaurant complex Friendship with a casino and disco; Hill of the liberators – Plovdiv, Children's monorail; Trakia RD - Plovdiv, apt. house 191; Multipurpose Center for rural tourism - Chepelare /co- authorship/; Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Edirne, Turkey /co-/ etc.

Larger implementations: Blast Furnace restaurant - Asenovgrad /teamwork/; Assen's Fortress restaurant - Asenovgrad; First Private Bank - Parvomay; Tennis complex at Plovdiv stadium /co-/; Complex stores before block 176a in Thrace (Trakia) residential district - Plovdiv; Monument of King Ivan Assen II – Asenovgrad, project for building a pedestrian area in Asenovgrad; Apartment hotels The Wall - Pamporovo, Panorama - Bansko, Lawn Rocks - Bansko, a holiday resort in Sunny Beach; New passenger terminal at Plovdiv Airport, DATE center of EVN - Plovdiv; Reconstruction of a part of the Zoo in Sofia; Eastern Orthodox Church St. Nicholas the Wonderworker- Plovdiv; Class A Office building in Plovdiv; Tirlin Lux Residential Complex – Plovdiv, etc.

1993-1996 Chief architect of the Fourth mayoralty (Central district), Plovdiv;

1991-1993 Freelance designer;

1983-1991 Deputy Head of designing group. Design, Manager of projects Territorial design organization – Plovdiv;

1981-1983 Designer-architect; Trade Association - Plovdiv

Education and training;

Experience in the field of architectural design - 35 years;

Diploma qualification - public buildings

Rich experience in researching and drawing up planning assignments, preparation of tender documents and competition programs, complex design in all phases - planning, detailed plans, urban concepts, conceptual volume-spatial and functional solutions, preparation of documentation for technical projects, work design with implementation of details according to modern leading technology in the construction industry, performing control and supervision during the construction of a particular project such as certified expert in a company for National Construction Surveillance, preparation of documentation for completion of the construction for acceptance committees, participation in acceptance committees as well as their leadership. Supporting construction projects from design stage to completion of construction. Guidance of designing teams. Profound knowledge of the regulatory and legal framework for investment and construction industry.

Other skills and competences
2011 - 2015   President of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Plovdiv

Participation and awards in national and international competitions:

  • first place for Central Railway Station Plovdiv – 2008;
  • first place for New passenger telminal Plovdiv Airport – 2008;
  • special award Building of the Year in 2009 for Plovdiv Airport;
  • special award Building of the Year in 2015 for the church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker 


Winner of Plovdiv award for Architecture for 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2016