Nana is a doctoral student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan with a research focus on how governance and policy affects the built environment of informal settlements, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nana previously served as an Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the Master of Architecture program in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, with research interests in traditional architecture, urban planning, and the design of good public spaces. During his time in Rochester, Nana served on the boards for the Community Design Center of Rochester, the Landmark Society of Western New York, and the Historic Preservation Board for the Village of Pittsford New York.
Before RIT, Nana taught at the State University of New York – College of Technology in Delhi, NY where he developed the first Study Abroad Program based on the History and Architecture of the Italian Renaissance while serving as the senator for the university.
Prior to academia, Nana worked in private practice and accumulated considerable experience as a designer for several well-respected firms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and NYC on a variety of high profile domestic and international projects. Nana is a “double-domer”, having received both his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architectural and Design Urbanism degrees from the University of Notre Dame, where he also sits on a Diversity Advisory Task Force for the Notre Dame School of Architecture.