Joshua M. Nason, educated at Cornell and Texas Tech, joined UTA as an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Fall semester of 2012. Interested in understanding and designing for the complex future of cities, Professor Nason focuses his teaching on issues of design process and the importance of rigor and design iteration in maximizing contextual relationships and benefits. Further, he explores dynamic and vacillating collisions, synchronicity, and reciprocities via stratified analytic processes as director of the experimental design research firm Iterative Studio.
Joshua teaches courses in design, urbanism, theory, analytic mapping and methods of idea communication focusing on exploring multivalent interrelationships that comprise evolving contextual structures and cultural codependencies. Such investigations have included on-site research throughout North America and Asia. Focusing on rigorous, iterative design processes, his goal is to explore the superimposition of design components, meaning, and the inevitable effects on the fabrics and cultures in which they exist.
He received the 2011 Dr. Jones Award for Faculty Excellence and has been invited as a guest, critic or lecturer in several capacities at numerous academic institutions as well as professional architectural firms and community events. Some of his recent lectures include “Design: A Work in Process,” “Draw In/Draw Out: Participatory Maps as Event Urbanism,” “Awkward Mapping,” “Mapping + Change,” “Drawing [on] Urban Complexity,” “Anomalic Urbanism,” and “Place Pavilions: Inhabiting the Map.” He co-chaired a session at ACSA’s 102nd Annual Meeting focused on progressive urbanism called, “Chasing the City.” His drawn and built work has been featured in exhibitions such as “Divergent Convergent: Speculations on China,” in Beijing, “Common Ground,” in New York City and “The Place Pavilions,” in both Lubbock and Dallas.