Nadia Anderson, associate professor of Architecture and Urban Design, is the director of the City.Building.Lab. Her research, teaching and practice focus on publicly engaged design as a vehicle for social empowerment and environmental resilience. Her work ranges across scales from the detailing of modular post-flood affordable housing to regional studies of local foods systems.
Her research on the history of architectural practice and the transformative power of publicly engaged design practice and pedagogy are published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Public: A Journal of Imagining America and the edited volume Community Matters: Service-Learning in Engaged Design and Planning along with numerous national and international conference proceedings, presentations and symposia. More recently, she has been involved in connecting community engagement with big data systems-modeling to create informed, implementable policies and practices with respect to the built environment.