Christian Nakarado

Lecturer, Deputy Head of Level 6 Architecture, Deputy Course Director BA Architecture

Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Christian grew up in the mountains outside Denver, Colorado. He received his B.A. in Architecture from Yale College and his MArch from the Yale School of Architecture. He has spent the last 15 years working in architecture on the east and west coasts of the United States, as well as in Canada and England, and is a licensed architect in New York and California. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE).

Currently a full-time Lecturer in the MArch and BA programs at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Christian also runs Slow Built Studio, a design, consulting and architecture practice that operates between Oxford and New York City.

Through years of practice and the design of research-based exhibitions, Christian has developed a particular interest in sustainability and global resource use. He believes in architecture’s ability and responsibility to manage energy and material flows in ways that are humane and beneficial to species, cultures, and environments across the earth.

In England, he has worked as a project architect for Australian firm FJMT, overseeing the coordination and construction of a 515-room, three-building, design-build student housing development in Oxford.

Before moving to the UK, Christian practised with Daoust Lestage architecture et design urbain in Montréal, Québec. There he worked with the Design Excellence team to guide the aesthetic and technical production of the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line in Toronto, and managed the coordination and production of construction documents for Fairbank Station.

In New York, he worked with Sage and Coombe Architects on the design and construction of a new Arts and Sciences building for the Buckley School, and projects for the JM Kaplan Fund and Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. Prior to this Christian worked for Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles on new buildings for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Skid Row Housing Trust.

Christian has collaborated several times with Plan B Architecture and Urbanism in New Haven on exhibitions for the Chengdu Architecture Biennale, the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, and the Yale School of Architecture, all based on the firm’s 2013 AIA Latrobe Prize-winning proposal “The City of 7 Billion”.

Christian currently lives in Oxford, England with his wife Merve (a writer and professor at the University of Oxford), and his two sons Aydin (a Lego expert) and Altan (a baby).