BA French Literature & Art History, Vassar College, 1993 M.A. Architecture, Harvard University, 2001 Ph.D. Architecture, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2016
NinaEdwards Anker received her PhD in Architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2016. Her work has been published and exhibited widely since she established NEA Studio in 2006. Her solar lights and furniture have been featured in numerous design books and magazines such as Frame (2007), Promote Design For (2016-17),and Arkitektur N (2017), as well as at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF 2007, 2014, 2016). Her research has been published in journals including New Geographies (Harvard Graduate School of Design Press, 2011), in the proceedings of the Global Design New York University symposia, exhibitions and book, Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014), and in a monograph (Akademika, 2016). Edwards Anker continues to research, write, and practice architecture and design at New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Edwards Anker was Associate Professor at Pratt for two years and taught Master in Architecture studio for one year at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design; she has been architecture critic on numerous reviews at Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Gallatin, New York University. She won the Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2015. She received a grant from Norsk Form to exhibit her furniture collection at the Talent Zone at the Copenhagen Furniture Fair in 2007. Edwards Anker won the New York State Council of the Arts, Independent Project award in 2003. Latitude Lights, which she designed and fabricated in several variants as a significant part of her design research, were nominated for the 2017 Lexus Design Award. The Cocoon house, also designed as part of her research in solar design, will be completed and obtain LEED certification in the summer of 2017.
Edwards Anker’s research examines the interconnected challenges of architecture, design, sustainability and perception, with a focus on: 1) architecture and design that revolve around light, combined with innovative use of materials, and 2) balancing the multiple, and often competing objectives of sustainable architecture and human wellbeing. Her work is based on an interdisciplinary set of research methods, drawing from the disciplines of architecture, design, electrical engineering, philosophy, science, architecture/design history and theory. In the classroom, reading and writing assignments will take place in parallel with model-making, drawing and experimentation with ideas and materials.