Dr. Eric Nay
Dr. Eric Nay
Eric Nay
Associate Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 409

Area(s) of Expertise

history and theory of architecture and design, critical vernacular and Indigenous design, multiple modernisms, architecture and heritage


Dr. Eric Nay is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Design in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences & School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Faculty of Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. He has practiced architecture in New York City, Chicago and California including the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Carson, Lundin and Thorson, PLC and Robert Segal Architects in New York City. He has since worked for numerous firms and contractually on specific projects in collaboration with others and on his own. Eric has taught architecture, design and history at a broad range of universities including the University of California at Davis, the American University of Sharjah, the University of North Carolina and many others. His published work has appeared in numerous iinternational academic journals, encyclopedias and popular media. His academic output includes a TEDtalk (2008) and a sixteen-part digital series written for Alternatives Journal (Made in Canada 2014).

Following the 2018 completion of his PhD dissertation (University of Toronto) “Canonizing Le Corbusier: The Making of an Architectural Icon as Colonial Hegemony,” Eric presented “UNESCO World Heritage, Post-colonialism & Extraterritoriality in the Arctic” in Longyearben, Svalbard this January at a conference titled Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality.  Longyearben is the largest settlement (2200 humans and 3000+ polar bears) and the administrative centre of Svalbard, Norway. It is also the world's northernmost settlement of any kind. Additionally, Eric has a related publication currently in the final editorial stage titled, “Towards a New Arctic: Le Corbusier, UNESCO and the Northern Imaginary" (Material Culture, Spring 2019).  Eric’s current work deals with issues that interweabve post-colonial and geopolitical critiques of UNESCO World Heritage policies and practices with current issues in modern architecture and design heritage. Other related recent conference papers have included “Framing Settler Colonialism: Modern Architecture, Le Corbusier and the West” presented at the West: Concept, Narrative and Politics, University of Jyväskylä, Finland and “Marx at the Margins,” delivered at the Indigenous Resources Decolonization and Development Conference, Ilisimatusarfik/ University of Greenland in Nuuk, Greenland. Additionally, Eric’s work has appeared in publications such as “Sociologically Reframing Le Corbusier: Settler Colonialism, Modern Architecture and UNESCO.” In Amoruso G. (ed.) Putting Tradition into Practice: Heritage, Place and Design. INTBAU 2017. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, vol 3. Springer, Cham. Research underway includes topics ranging from the postcolonial legacies of the modern European kitchen, UNESCO's gaze and Arctic sovereignty to post-nuclear vernacular landscapes in Kahzakstan.


PhD Soc. Ed., University of Toronto (2018); Hamline University, School of Law, Juris Doctor Program, St. Paul, Minnesota (Judge Kenneth Brille Scholar (1995-6 ); M.Arch: Architectural Design, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1996); B.Arch: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (1990).

Professional Experience

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PRACTICE Design Consultant, Razorfish, Kellogg's, et. al. Architect, Blackbird Associates, Sacramento, California Architect, Muller Associates, Cincinnati, Ohio Architect, DeStefano + Associates, Chicago, Illinois Designer, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago, Illinois Architect, Robert Segal Architects, NYC Technical Staff, Carson, Lundin and Thorson Architects, NYC Freelance Architect with Jose Oubrerie, George Hascup, et. al. FACULTY, ADMINISTRATIVE AND RESEARCH POSITIONS Assistant. Associate and Acting Dean, Associate Professor, OCAD University, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Adjunct Professor, Sacramento State University, Faculty of Design, Sacramento, California, USA Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Davis, Faculty of Environmental Design, California, USA Instructor, American River College, Design, Sacramento, California, USA Program Director and Lead Instructor, Monterey Peninsula College, Design, Monterey, California, USA Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah, School of Art and Design, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, College of Architecture, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Visiting Scholar, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Architecture and Urban Design, Bangmod, Thailand Assistant Professor, Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning, Muncie, Indiana, USA Studio Critic/ Instructor, Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca, New York, USA

Selected Publications

Framing Settler Colonialism: Modern Architecture, Le Corbusier and the West" Conference, Jyv'skyl–, Finland, University of Jyv'skyl–, December 2016. –The Group of Seven."Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. London: Routledge, Web. 9 May 2016. –The Bay Area Figurative School" Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. London: Routledge, Web. 9 May 2016. –Marx at the Margins,"Paper Delivered at the Indigenous Resources: Decolonization and Development Conference, Nuuk, Greenland. Ilisimatusarfik/ University of Greenland, October 2015. "Made in Canada" Sustainable Design Series Written for Alternatives Journal (A/J) 2014-15, sixteen articles available online. –Book Review: Digital Exposure: Postmodern Postcapitalism by Raphael Sassower,–Humanities and Technology Review, Fall 2014, Volume 33, 155-162. –Competing Visions: The University, Innovation and Engineering after the Space Race."Proceedings of the 3rd World Sustainability Forum, 1-30 November 2013; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 3, 2013 , g001; doi:10.3390/wsf3-g001. Web. –Book Review: Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism,"Humanities and Technology Review, Fall 2013, Volume 32, 95-101.