Nicole Hilton

Nicole Hilton

Partner | Design Architect

Passionate | Driven | Creative

A native of Austin, Texas, Nicole Hilton is the founding Partner and Design Architect of Cole Hil. Mrs. Hilton is a talented designer and Architect. Her complex experience in diverse, prominent architecture projects fuels the firm’s ability to provide high quality services for our Partners. An alumnus of Louisiana State University, she is honored to be recognized as the first African American female graduate of the LSU School of Architecture to become a licensed architect.

Her decision to establish an architectural firm in 2014 with her partner, Tony Hilton, was based on the requirement to uphold 3 principles. The first principle, being a firm of excellence and follow through which leads to successful projects and long-term relationships. Second, fostering an internal environment of creativity, open exchange of ideas, integrity, and intellect, therefore breeding innovative passion which reaps a high quality service. Thirdly, creating signature, refined architecture that makes a positive impact on the community it serves.

In addition to her architectural design expertise, Mrs. Hilton advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession and design excellence. She is currently on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Georgia 2016 Board and an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Atlanta Chapter. She enjoys giving back what she has learned by becoming a mentor through the AIA/ NOMA mentorship program and periodically participates in the Kennesaw State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University architecture school design reviews.

Professional Awards | Publications | Recognitions

2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) John A. Busby Jr. Award –  Design excellence, AIA leadership, community involvement, firm owner.

Citizen Architect Article

Design Equilibrium – The Mentor and the Mentee by Nicole Hilton and John Busby, FAIA

Diversity by Design – LSU Article – by Angela Harwood


Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
– AIA 2016 AIA Georgia Board – At Large Director

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

Atlanta Regional Commission Millennial Committee

Georgia Forward 2016 Young Gamechanger

Tony Hilton

Tony Hilton

Partner | Business Developer

Multifaceted | Technical | Determined

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tony Hilton is the founding Partner and Business Developer of Cole Hil. He is skilled at creatively developing a business so that it is relevant, efficient and forward thinking. An alumnus of Louisiana State University, Mr. Hilton has a unique understanding of architecture by way of his Art History background. His exposure to his family’s real estate companies and understanding of financial practices, provides the stabling force behind Cole Hil’s structure.

In addition to his diverse business expertise, Mr. Hilton strives to be a role model to younger teens in his community through FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and coaching the local football and track teams. He believes success exceeds beyond what one achieves in their career. A truly successful person strives to make an impactful difference in another person’s life.


Professional Affiliations

Douglasville Chamber of Commerce


Business Development
Site Analysis
Real Estate Valuation
Real Estate Development
Architectural History

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