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Ecology in Design: In Conversation with Nina Edwards Anker and Peder Anker

Wednesday, 24 June, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Nina and Peder will share their combined research and work across architecture, interiors, landscape planning and product design as informed by cross-disciplinary research and interest in history, ecology, environmentalism, and design with Norwegian influence.

In this interview with our Arts Committee co-chair Garette Johnson, Nina and Peder will talk about the design of their Cocoon Home in Long Island, NY and offer Norwegian/American perspectives on ecology, wellness, and sustainability in design.

This event is open to our community free of charge as we stay connected digitally during this time of mandated social distancing.

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About Nina:

Nina Edwards Anker is an architect and design professional who has taught at Pratt, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Sotheby’s Institute, and New York University Gallatin. Formerly, she was an architect at the offices of Pei, Cobb, Freed, Owen & Mandolfo in New York; in Oslo, Norway, she worked as an architect with MMW Arkitekter and a-lab. In practice, Nina specializes in sustainable architecture and design; her work has been widely published and exhibited. She won the Good Design Award Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture and Design for furniture, the A’Design Award for solar lighting, The Architect’s Newspaper Best Product Award, Domus Best Houses award, and the Home & Garden Award for Best New Eco Residence. Nina is principle and founder of nea studio, Design Director at Terreform One and a founding member of New Lab in Brooklyn. She holds a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and an M.Arch. from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Nina continues to develop sustainable products while practicing architecture and interior design at New Lab. The office recently completed a Gold LEED certified residence in Long Island and a collaborative public solar lighting installation in the Bronx River Park.

About Peder:

Peder Anker’s teaching and research interests lie in the history of science, ecology, environmentalism and design, as well as environmental philosophy. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Dibner Institute and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and been a visiting scholar at both Columbia University and University of Oslo. He is the co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014) together with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim. He is also the author of From Bauhaus to Eco-House: A History of Ecological Design (Louisiana State University Press 2010), which explores the intersection of architecture and ecological science, and Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001), which investigates how the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire. Professor Anker’s current book project explores the history of ecological debates in his country of birth, Norway.

Peder Anker received his PhD in history of science from Harvard University in 1999. He is Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.


Wednesday, 24 June, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm