Photo of Eric Nay
Photo of 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


Eric Nay is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at OCAD University and was trained, and has practiced extensively, as an architect in New York City, Chicago and California - including working in the storied Chicago office of SOM. His academic background includes work in art, architecture, design, education, the humanities, law and the social sciences. He holds the degrees B.Arch (Kentucky, 1990), M.Arch (Cornell, 1996), was a postgraduate scholar in law (Hamline University, 1995-6) and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department Social Justice Education (2014-present). Eric has taught design studios, technical courses as well as dozens of history and theory of architecture and design courses at over a dozen universities worldwide that have included Cornell University, the University of California at Davis and the American University of Sharjah - where he was one of the founding faculty members in the architecture department.


PhD: Social Justice Education (Candidate), 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 and Design Theory and Criticism, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 1996 B.Arch: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (Henry Adams Medal + History and Theory of Architecture Prize) 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. –Craft's Value within Today's Context."OCAD University, 2013 Material Art & Design Thesis Catalog, published by OCAD University, 2013, 8-9.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Regular Editor and/or Editorial Board Member for the Following Journals: Canadian Journal of Education | Revue canadienne de l'–ducation, Critical Intersections in Education, Journal of Borderlands Studies