Associate Professor, Architecture + Director of the PhD Program, Constructed Environment

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD; Harvard University, Master of Architecture; Carnegie-Mellon University, B.A.

Nana Last is Associate Professor and Program Director of the PhD in the Constructed Environment at the University of Virginia School of Architecture where she teaches courses in architecture theory and design. She received a Ph. D. in Architecture and Art: History, Theory and Criticism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Harvard University. Her research is concerned with issues in contemporary architecture theory and practice as well as relations between architecture, art, philosophy and cultural studies. She has published essays in journals including: Any, Assemblage, Harvard Design Magazine, Thresholds, Praxis, Art Journal and Visual Resources. Her work is included in a number of anthologies including Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, "Architecture, Language, Critique: Around Paul Engelmann" and “Text zum Werk von Thomas Struth”. Her book: Wittgenstein's House: Language, Space and Architecture (2008) was published by Fordham University Press. She is currently completing a manuscript entitled: "Archive, Matrix, Assembly: the Photography of Thomas Struth 1978-2015,” and is continuing work on the topic of Fluidity, and  Architecture and Big Data.