Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, and educator. Nina is
publications editor at Yale School of Architecture, the editor of the
school’s book series, the biannual publication Constructs, and the school’s
exhibition catalogs. Her current research and projects focus on the
intersection of urban design and infrastructure, innovative engineering, and
Nina has contributed articles and essays to Architecture, Architectural Record, Praxis, Future Anterior, 30/60/90, and Tec21. Her exhibitions include The Swiss Section at the Van Alen Institute (2003) and Saving Corporate Modernism at the Yale School of Architecture (2001) among others. Nina is chair of Docomomo/New York, a chapter of the international non-profit dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture.
She is currently a professor in the Syracuse in New York City Program, teaching a seminar called Alternative Urbanisms. Nina has previously taught at Parsons School of Design, Barnard, City College and Yale University. Her book, Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation, was published in 2007 by Monacelli Press.
Design Trust fellowships allowed our interdisciplinary team to work in a new way on a real city issue exploring a unique approach to urban design. As people asked me about the Design Trust, I said, “It is like getting the Rome Prize, but in New York.” What could be a better place to investigate and push creative urban design issues.