BA French Literature & Art History, Vassar College, 1993 M.A. Architecture, Harvard University, 2001 Ph.D. Architecture, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2016
Nina Edwards Anker is an architect, designer, and writer, whose teaching interests revolve around sustainable design. She received her PhD in Architecture from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2016. Edwards Anker started NEA Studio, a design collaborative that integrates environmental principles into design, in 2006. In addition to practicing architecture, she has exhibited her solar lights and furniture widely; she won the Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in 2015 and the A’Design Award in 2017. Her winning entry for a solar seating/lighting installation will be installed in Starlight Park in the Bronx in June 2018. Her research has been featured in journals such as 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). The Cocoon House, designed as part of her research in solar design, will be completed and obtain LEED certification in the summer of 2018. Edwards Anker continues to research, write and practice architecture and design at New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Previously, 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 received a grant from Norsk Form to exhibit her furniture collection at the Copenhagen Furniture Fair in 2007; she won the New York State Council of the Arts, Independent Project award in 2003.
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.