about us

Established in 2006 by Nina Edwards Anker, nea studio focuses its work in: Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Planning, Furniture and Product Design. The award-winning practice operates in an environment in which project management and implementation take place in parallel with model-making, prototyping, and experimentation with ideas, materials, and manufacturing processes. With a focus on sustainable design, the office maintains a cross-disciplinary nature where research and sharing ideas is an essential part of work philosophy. nea studio continues to design, develop and exhibit solar lights and furniture while practicing architecture and interior design at New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The office recently completed a Gold LEED-certified residence in Long Island and a collaborative public solar lighting installation in the Bronx River Park.

our approach

interior : exterior​

Our architecture and interior design connect to the environment and its elements. We focus on the way light and sun moving through spaces may link exteriors with interiors.

research & development

We specialize in ecological material research to build unexpected exterior : interior environments. Our research helps underline the experience of holistic architecture utilizing environmental technologies and principles.

sensory installations

nea studio creates solar-based design at different scales, especially amorphous thin film PV glass incorporated as a design element.

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Nina Edwards Anker is founder and principle of nea studio, an architecture and interior design office based in New York City that focuses on sustainability. Nina is an architectural design professional who has taught at Parsons, Pratt, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Sotheby's Institute, the One Lab School for Science and Design, and New York University Gallatin. Formerly, she was an architect at the offices of Pei, Cobb, Freed, Owen & Mandolfo in New York; in Oslo, Norway, she worked as an architect with MMW Arkitekter and a-lab. In practice, Nina’s work has been widely published and exhibited. She won the Good Design Award Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture and Design for furniture, the A’Design Award for solar lighting, The Architect’s Newspaper Best Product Award, Domus Best Houses award, the Home & Garden Award for Best New Eco Residence and AIA Award for Sustainable Design of a Residence. Nina is also Design Director at Terreform One and a founding member of New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She holds a PhD from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and an M.Arch. from Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

See nea studio collaborators by project and product


2019 : Domus Best 10 Houses of 2019

2019 : Home and Garden Awards, Best New York Eco Residential Project 

2018 : Made in NYC - Gifted and Talented 

2017 - 19 : Exposition of Science, Art, Technology and Eco Residential Project 

2017 : A'Design 

2015 : Good Design Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

2009 -2015 : The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Doctoral Fellowship

2007 : Norsk Form, Talent Zone, Copenhagen Furniture Fair

2003 : New York State Council of the Arts, Independent Project Awards