Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, and educator. She is publications director at Yale School of Architecture and editor of the biannual publication Constructs (numbering 35), the exhibition catalogs (numbering 48), as well as the school’s book series (22 to date). She is the director of the project/think tank the Vertical Urban Factory, which includes an exhibition with graphic design by Sarah Gephart of MGMT Design and the exhibit design by Studio Tractor. The show was most recently displayed at EPFL's Archizoom in Lausanne, and the Gallery at Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The original show opened in New York at the Skyscraper Museum in January 2011 and traveled to Detroit's MOCAD and Toronto's Design Exchange and Urban Space in 2012 and spring 2013, London's Museum of Architecture, in summer 2014. Rappaport curated a separate exhibit on East Asian factories for NYU's East Asian Studies Department in Spring 2012.
Her book, Vertical Urban Factory, investigating the modernist and contemporary factory in terms of the technology, factory in the city, and the architectural issues as they impact workers is forthcoming with Actar November 2015 and is designed by MGMT Design. She received a research grant from New York State Council on the Arts for the project along with numerous contributions. VUF is a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her previous books include Ezra Stoller: Photographer with co-editor Erica Stoller (Yale University Press, 2012) and Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (The Monacelli Press, 2007).
She has contributed essays to Architecture, Architectural Record, 306090, Praxis, Perspecta, Scapes, Metropolis, Future Anterior, and Tec21 among other journals and publications. She has taught seminars and studios on urban theory and industrial urbanism in the Syracuse in NYC architecture program, Barnard College, Parsons School of Design and Yale School of Architecture. She was a Design Trust for Public Space Fellow and co-author of the book, Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (Episode Books, 2006).
She is a founder of Docomomo-New York/Tri-State and currently a Vice President. Her seminars and studios have included Alternative Urbanisms, Industrial Urbanisms, The Post Industrial Factory, Eco-Urbanism, and Vertical Urban Factory.