Doreve's innovative approach to residential design is consistently recognized and honored in both the media and the industry. A native of South Africa, Doreve studied architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She was awarded the South African Institute of Architects' Graduate Scholarship, to study for her Advanced Masters degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Her knowledge of architecture, design, history and theory landed her at Gensler Associates in Los Angeles, where she honed her skills before settling back in New England, an area of the country she grew to love for its distinct characteristics and warm sense of community. In the earlier years of her career, Doreve was employed by Moshe Safdie & Associates, Inc., William Geddis & Associates, Inc., and Sasaki Associates. She contributed to the renovation of some of Boston's most significant historical buildings, both in downtown Boston and Back Bay, and is the author of The Planning and Development of Copley Square, an architectural study of one of Boston’s most prominent landmarks.
After seven years in commercial architecture, Doreve sought greater creative ownership of her projects, thus transitioning to residential design by launching her own firm in 1986 - Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, headquartered in Osterville, Massachusetts.
Now, 32 years later, Doreve's thriving practice employs five full-time professionals. The firm works primarily in New England, but also works on projects throughout the country and abroad.

NCARB approved, Nicholaeff is licensed in Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and Rhode Island. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.