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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Nana Last
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Architecture
 
e-mail:nanalast@rice.edu
 
  • PhD. (1999) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M. Arch (1986) Harvard University
  • B.A. (1981) Carnegie-Mellon University
 
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Research Areas
 Twentieth Century Architecture Theory and Architecture Design
 
Conceptual Art and Architecture
 A study of the relationship between conceptual architecture and conceptual art in the form of a book that will focus on the first phase of conceptualism in art and architecture produced from 1962-1986.
 
Teaching Areas
 twentieth century Architecture theory and design studio
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 "From Exclusion to Incorporation: Formalism's New Limits", in Thresholds #33, (Cambridge, MA), 2008, pp.43-48.
 
 Art Journal, vol. 64, no. 4, winter 2005.
 
 Articles
 Reimagining the Urban", in Visual Resources, (Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge) vol. xxv, no .3, March 2010
 
 The Publicness of Thesis, in Carleton Folio, #7, Ottawa, Canada, 2009.
 
 "Allison Hunter: Slower Still", Catalog essay, (Austin, TX, Women & Their Work, May 2008)
 
 "Allison Hunter: Menagerie Observed", Catalog essay, (Austin, TX, Women & Their Work, May 2008)
 
 Praxis 7: Untitled Number Seven, (Cambridge, MA), March 2005, pp.78 - 87
 
 

Nana Last "Conceptualisms (Con)quests: On the Reconceiving of Art And Architecture Conceptualisms (Con)quests: On the Reconceiving of Art and Architecture." Harvard Design Magazine, No. 19 (Fall 2003) : 14-21.

 
 

Nana Last "Function and Field: Demarcating Conceptual Practices." Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, Kocur and Leung editors (2005) : 318-331.

 
 

Nana Last "Thomas Struth:From Image to Archive to Matrix." Praxis: Joirnal of Writing and Building, 7 (winter2004) In Press

 
 

Last, Nana ""/"." Assemblage, 41 (April 2000)

 
 

Last, Nana ""Foundationless Architecture"." Thresholds, 3 (1992)

 
 

Last, Nana ""Function and Field: Demarcating Conceptual Practices", Function and Field: Demarcating Conceptual Practices." Art and Theory: 1985 to 2000 (forthcomin) : 20.In Revision

 
 

Last, Nana ""Of"." Assemblage, 39 (August 199) : 107-117.

 
 

Last, Nana ""Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy"." Architecture Language Critique: Around Paul Engelmann, (2000) : 112-127.

 
 

Last, Nana ""Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy"." Architecture Language Critique: Around Paul Engelmann, (2000) : 112-127.

 
 

Last, Nana ""Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy",." Assemblage, 35 (April 1998) : 36-47.

 
 Books
 "Wittgenstein's House: Language, Space and Architecture", (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008)
 
 Wittgenstein's House: Language, Space and Architecture, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008)
 
 "Paradox and Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism", exhibition catalogue with Juli Carson, (Irvine, CA: University of California Irvine, University Art Gallery,)
 
 Images of Entanglement: Wittgenstein's Spatial Practices from Architecture to Philosophy, (New York: Fordham University Press)
 
 

Nana Last and Juli Carson "Paradox and Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism."  (2007)

 
 

Nana Last "Images of Entanglement." Submitted

 
 Editor of books
 Paradox and Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism, exhibition catalogue (Irvine,
 
 Book chapters
 "Katharina Grosse: Atoms Inside Balloons", in Katharina Grosse (Chicago, IL: In The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, fall 2008)
 
 "Thomas Struth's Urban Matrix", in James Lingwood, ed. Thomas Struth, (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel) 2009
 
 "Des r┐gles et des fronti┐res : les pratiques spatiales de Wittgenstein entre architecture et philosophie", in Celine Poisson, ed, Penser, Dessiner, Construire: Wittgenstein et l'Architecture, ( Paris: Editions de l'eclat:2007) pp. 135-150.
 
 "Thomas Struth's Urban Matrix", in James Lingwood, ed. Thomas Struth, (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel)
 
 "Of Rules and Boundaries: Wittgenstein's Spatial Practices from Architecture to Philosophy", in Wittgenstein Art and Architecture Of Rules and Boundaries: Wittgenstein's Spatial Practices from Architecture to Philosophy", in Wittgenstein Art and Architecture Centre Canadien D' Architecture, Montreal
 
 Book reviews
 

Last, Nana ""White Walls, Designer Dresses." ANY, 16 (1996)

 
 

Last, Nana "Anaesthetics of Architecture." CAA Reviews (Oct 1999)

 
 Refereed conference papers
 

Last, Nana "Yeah/No: Demarcating Conceptual Practices." ACSA Proceeddings (2002) : 17.In Press

 
 Other
 Exhibition Previews, in Artforum, vol. XLVI no.10, Summer 2008, 175, 187.
 
 Jorge Pardo, Exhibition Preview, in Artforum, vol. XLVII no. 5, January 2009, p. 136.
 
 Jorge Pardo, Exhibition Preview, in Artforum, vol. XLVII no. 5, January 2009, p. 136.
 
 Jorge Pardo, Exhibition Preview, in Artforum, vol. XLVII no. 5, January 2009, p. 136.
 
 "Nana Last on: Political Justice" in Manifold, no. 1, Spring 2007, pp. 39-46.
 
 A Wall of Persistent Acknowledgment", in Robert A.M. Stern and Jacob Tilove, New York 2000, (New York: The Monacelli Press)pp. 306-309.
 
 

Last, Nana "New Generation of Architecture: Nasna LAst and Lester Yuen." Space, 339 (January 19)

 
 

Nana Last "Book Review : "Anaesthetics of Architecture"." CAA Reviews (September 1999)

 
 

Nana Last "Book Review : "White Walls, Designer Dresses"." ANY, 16 (1996)

 
 

Nana Last "Foundationless Architecture." Threshold, 3 (October 1992)

 
 

Nana Last "Of." Assemblage 39, 39 (December 1999)

 
 

Nana Last "Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy." Assemblage 35, 35 (April 1998)

 
Creative Works
 Other - Paradox and Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism
 Curation of an exhibition of artists who employ or otherwise incorporate architecture into their work., Artists include Molly Corey, Fallen Fruit, Gaylen Gerber, An te Liu, Dorit Margreiter, Florian Pumhosl and KatySander, University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA (Exhibition dates January 9-February 10 , 2007)
 
 Architectural Designs - African Burial Ground Competiton Entry
 A design for the African Burail Ground in NY, Nana Last and Lester Yuen, Urban Center/ Municipal Arts Sociey, NY (1994)
 
 Architectural Designs - Public Space in the New AMerican City
 competition entry board, Nana Last and Lester Yuen, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (1994)
 
 Architectural Designs - design work
 overview of recent design work, Nana Last and Lester Yuen, Snapshots exhibition, Houston, TX (2001)
 
 Architectural Designs - tickets competiotion entry
 exhibition of competition entries, Nana Last and Lester Yuen, Van Alen Institute, New York (1996)
 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

"Of Rules and Boundaries." Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Canada. (October 2005)

 
 

"Thomas Struth: From Image to Archive to Matrix." Kennon Symposium, Rice University, Houston , TX. (November 2004)

 
 

""Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy",." "Architecture Language Critique: Around Paul, University of Aarhus, Denmark. (September 1999)

 
 Invited Talks
 "Katharina Grosse" Atoms Inside Balloons", The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, May 2007
 
 "Thomas Struth's Urban Matrix", Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia, April 2007
 
 "Thomas Struth: From Image to Archive to Matrix", Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, January 2007.
 
 "Thomas Struth: From Image to Archive to Matrix", Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, January 2007.
 
 

"Between Architecture and Art." Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. (April 2005)

 
 

"Paradox and Practice: Architecture in the Wake of Conceptualism." Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA,. (June 2005) With Juli Carson

 
 

"Parodox and Practice: Architecture in the wake of Conceptualism." Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA,. With Juli Carson

 
 

"Thomas Struth: From Image to Archive to Matrix." Brown University, Brown University, Providence Rhode Island. (April 2005)

 
 

""Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy",." Goethe Center, Rice University, Houston, TX. (February 2001)

 
 Lectures
 

"Yeah/No: Demarcating Conceptual Practices." Rice University, Department of Art History, Housotn, TX. (April 2003)

 
 

"Yeah/No: Demarcating Conceptual Practices." Rice University, Department of Art History, Houston, TX. (Aprial 2003)

 
 

"Yeah/No: Demarcating Conceptual Prctices." Rice University, Department of Art History, Houston, TX. (April 2003)

 
 Other
 

"Topic Chair, History / Theory Section." ACSA National Conference, Chicago, IL. (March 2005)

 
 

"Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy." Text/Image: Visualizing the Literary, Yale University, New Haven CT. (March 1998)

 
 

"Transgressions and Inhabitations:Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy." Constructing Identity Between Architecture and Culture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (October 1997)

 
 Panelist
 

"Modeling Conceptual Architecture." College Art Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. (February 2004)

 
 

""Splitting the Spatial Metaphor"." Art History Symposium, Binghatom University, NY. (November 1994)

 
 

""Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy"." Constructing Identity between Architecture and Culture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. (October 1997)

 
 

""Transgressions and Inhabitations: Wittgensteinian Spatial Practices Between Architecture and Philosophy",." "Text/Image: Visualizing the Literary", Yale University, Department of French Studies. (March 1998)

 
 

""Yeah/No: Demarcating Conceptual Practices." ACSA National Conference, New Orleans, LA. (April 2002)

 
 Workshops
 

""From Transparency to Occlusion: Mapping Modernism's Surfaces"." Modernist Studies Association, Rice University, Houston, TX. (October 2001)

 
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Quyen Luong, M. Arch Pharm_StaD. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Jamie Flatt-Hickey, M. Arch Re-conceiving the Practice of Architecture. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Brendan Mulcahy, M. Arch The Copy Project. (2004) (Committee Member)

 Thomas Schroeder, M. Arch Urban Quilt. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Kari Smith, M. Arch Active Agents. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Riley Triggs, M. Arch Refuting the Silence of Pardox. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Zeynep Atas, M. Arch Copy & Paste. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Andrea Dietz, M. Arch Appalachia: architecture. (2004) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Brendan Mulcahy, M. Arch Like and like. (2005) (Committee Member)

 Thomas Schroeder, M. Arch Hybrid Housing. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Kari Smith, M. Arch Active Agents. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Quyen Luong, M. Arch PHARM_STAD Fieldworks for Somkhele. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Zeynep Atas, M. Arch Copy-and-Paste. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Andrea Dietz, M. Arch architecture: Appalachia. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Jamie Flatt-Hickey, M. Arch Shifting Arch(text)ure: Notes on Disclosure. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Wendy Gilmartin, M Arch Latent City. (2006) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

 Maria Flores, M Arch Urban Paradox. (2006) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Logics of Inclusion: Conceptual Architecture and the Rise of Postmodernity, The Getty Research Institute (June 2004)

 Public SPace in the New American CIty, (1994)

 "Cartesian Grounds: The Extended Planes of Modernism", Arthur W. Wheelwright Fellowship, Harvard University (Sept 1998)

 African Burial Ground Memorial Competition, Municipal Arts Society (Jan 1994)

 Schlossman Research Fellowship, MIT (Dec 1994)