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  • Nina Edwards Anker

    Part-Time Lecturer


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    L - 2 West 13th Street

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    Nina Edwards Anker


    Dr. Nina Edwards Anker, Assoc. AIA, PhD, is an architectural designer with over 20 years of industry experience, including founding and directing nea studio, a small design collaborative working in interiors, architecture, sustainability, and wellness. For 12 years Nina’s practice, based at the New Lab in Brooklyn, has specialized in creating sustainable spaces and holistic environments for wellbeing. nea studio combines cultural, collaborative, and environmental strategies focused on solar design, health and material research. Working closely with team members and specialists, Nina continues to expand and deepen nea studio’s research, design and practice in the areas of social/environmental justice and the production of recycled/ biomaterials in furniture and lighting for LEED homes and workplaces.


    Degrees Held

    PhD in Architecture, Oslo School of Architecture & Design

    MARCH, Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College


    Professional Affiliation

    founder and principle, nea studio

    design director, Terreform One

    founding member, New Lab

    Associate AIA NY

    Recent Publications

    Radical Living – Homes at the Edge of Architecture, Avi Friedman (Introduction), Images Publishing, Jul 2023, Washington Post, Seattle Times, SF Gate, Philadelphia Tribute, ABC News, Toronto Star, distributed by AP, “Designers Look to Nature Landfills for New Décor Materials,” Jan 2023, Hamptons Modern- Contemporary Living on the East End, David Sokol, Monacelli Press, Nov 2022, Green Architecture for a Sustainable Living, booq Publishing, Nov 2021, Cocoon House - Light in Sustainable Design and Architecture, Artifice Press, May 2021, Women in Design, ID Press, Nov 2020, Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities, with Terreform One, Actar Press, Jan 2020, Architecture & Culture, Art + Design, HotBook (Mexico), Luxe, New England Home, DesignMilk, Winter 2020, Wallpaper, Dwell, New York Times, Domus,  AD, Whitewall, CLADmag (UK), Designboom, Design +Décor, Numero Tokyo, Fall 2019, Elle Décor, La Revue du Design, BOAT, Domino, DARC, Architects + Artisans, The  Architects Newspaper, Summer 2019,  Designing with Photovoltaics, Taylor and Francis, Fall 2019, Key Note Address, NYU Sustainability Summit 2019 – Environmental Design in Urban Spaces, Apr 2019, Sofas – 340 Iconic Designs, Toromanoff, A., Thames & Hudson, 2018, 2018 Made in NYC – Gifted and Talented Gift Guide, Purist, “Space,” Cocoon, Oct 2018, New York City College of Technology Press, The City Univ. of NY, Structure for Architects, Cocoon, Jan 2019,  Avery Review – Critical Essays on Architecture, issue 29, Feb 2018, with Peder Anker, “Anthropocene Architecture: Design Earth’s Geostories,” The Norwegian Review of Architecture/Arkitektur N, Spring 2017, Design for 2017/2016,  Promote Design, Milan, Italy, Apr 2016/17

    Performances and Appearances

    Summer 2023 Designer Showcase for Interiors, Long Island, NY

    Southampton History Museum, “Environmental Design in Architecture,” 2023

    Workshop and Keynote speaker, Congress SAEE, Sustainable Architecture Conference, Belgrade, 2022

    NY BY Design TV Series, CBS, Architecture Finalist, 2022

    DPC Continuing Education, lecturer, 2022-

    October 4 Design, solo exhibition, New Canaan Historical Museum, CT, 2021

    IDS Vancouver, virtual accredited seminar, 2020

    Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, with Terreform One, New York, NY, 2019

    2019 Architectural Digest Design Show, New York, NY

    Expo of Science, Art, Technology and Community, Starlight Park, Bronx, 2018-

    Collapse: Climates, Cities, and Culture, Global Design NYU, 2018

    Wood in Design, group exhibition, Bldg. 92, Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY, 2017

    Lounge space, Contemporary Design Fair, Long Island, NY, 2016

    ICFF, New York, NY 2008/14/16/19, 3D Print Show, NY, NY, 2014, Global Design NYU Exhibitions and Symposiums, NY, 2011, London, 2012, Shadow and Light, Løvestad, Sweden, 2010, Shanghai, IMM Cologne Furniture Fair - Designspotter, 2009, Milan Furniture Fair, 2008, Talent Zone, Copenhagen Furniture Fair, 2007, Architectural League of NY, “New NY: Fast Forward,” NY, 2007, Museum of Art of Western Virginia, “C2C Home,” 2005-06, Center for Architecture, “Going Public” group exhibit, New York, NY, 2003

    Research Interests

    sustainable architecture and design, solar design, affect theory, interior design, architecture, product design, multi-disciplinary, collaboration, multi-sensory, wellness design, biophilic design, urban/landscape design

    Awards And Honors

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Long Island Chapter, Sustainable Design Residential, 56th Annual Archi Awards, 2020

    Ted Idea, with Terreform One, Anti-Extinction Library of Genetic Material for Species Preservation, 2020

    Nominated Frame Awards 2020 for the House of the Year (top 5 of 1056)

    Longlisted Dezeen Architecture Awards 2020

    Domus Best 10 Houses of 2019

    2019 Best of Brooklyn Award – Architect category

    Best of Design Awards, The Architect’s Newspaper, Beanie Sofa, 2019

    2019 Home and Garden Awards, Best New York Eco Residential Project: The Cocoon, Recognized Leaders in Eco Architectural Design, BUILD

    2018 Made in NYC – Gifted and Talented

    Exposition of Science, Art, Technology and Community, public art installation with Amy Pryor, Starlight Park, Bronx, NY, 2017-19

    A’Design Award, 2017

    Home Design Expo grant, Contemporary Design Fair, Long Island, NY, 2016

    Good Design Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, 2015

    The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-15  

    Norsk Form, Talent Zone, Copenhagen Furniture Fair, 2007

    New York State Council of the Arts, Independent Project Award, 2003

    Past Courses

    Ecological Design for Interior
    PUID 3040, Fall 2023

    Environmental Design
    PAID 1028, Summer 2023

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