Gita Nandan

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Assistant ProfessorDepartment: Grad Center for Planning, Construction/Facilities ManagementEmail: gnandan@pratt.eduPhone: (718) 399-4340Location: Brooklyn Campus, Higgins Hall North 1

Course Listing

14/SP-PLAN-801C-02 Special Topics in Planning III

14/SU-UESM-739-01 Green Infrastructure Design/Build Principles/Best Practices

14/FA-UESM-755-01 Greening Existing Building

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Masters, Architecture – University of California
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture History – University of Michigan


Gita believes in sustainability as a holistic and supple design approach, integral to all aspects of design and construction.. She also puts her beliefs into practice as an architectural educator. Her pedagogical approach focuses on an integration of academic studies and hands-on tactile learning to explore and understand the built environment and our place within it. Thread collective explores the seams between building, art and landscape, not only as disciplinary boundaries to be blurred, but as spatial edges, rich with design opportunity. A broadly defined notion of sustainability, existing site characteristics, and the sensory experience of the user further inform and strengthen our design process. Multi-disciplinary, the firm values collaboration and has worked with artists, industrial designers, musicians, and dancers, in addition to other architects. thread collective is committed to integrating sustainable principles in every aspect of their design process.


  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Urban Green, USGBC local chapter
  • North East Sustainable Energy Association
  • GreenHomeNYC, NESEA local chapter

Awards & Honors:

  • New York State Council for the Arts iMAP,  with Jennifer Monson 2006
  • MAP Fund Grant for iMAP, with Jennifer Monson 2006
  • NYC / EPA Green Building Award,  Honorable Mention for the Printshop Studio 2006
  • Southbank Competition, Finalist and Winners 2006
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Award, Sustainable Renovation for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, 2008
  • In conjunction with Added Value, thread collective received a New York State Council of the Arts grant to complete planning studies and schematic designs for a 7,000 sf Red Hook Center on Sustainability and Culture, on Added Value’s 3.5 acre farm, 2009 – present
  • In conjunction with Added-Value, thread collective has received a Design Trust for Public Space grant to study urban agriculture and its impact on public spaces in New York City 2009 – present
  • One Prize finalist, for NORC Farms project 2010