Nathalie Frankowski
Assistant Professor

Licence (B.Arch), École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne

Diplôme d’État d’Architecture, Specialization in Research, (M.Arch), École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette

Licence (B.Arch), École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne

Diplôme d’État d’Architecture, Specialization in Research, (M.Arch), École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette

Nathalie Frankowski is a French educator, designer, author, poet, curator, artist, and co-founder of WAI Architecture Think Tank, art collective Garcia Frankowski, and co-founding curator of alternative art space Intelligentsia Gallery智先画廊 in Beijing.

Frankowski’s work has been exhibited at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Venice Architecture Biennale, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Museum of Modern Art New York, 1st Changjian Photography & Video Biennale, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology Lisbon, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art Manchester, Vitra Design Museum Weilam Rhein, Beijing Culture and Art Centre, BANK Shanghai, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, Proyecto Casamario Montevideo and many more. The work of WAI has been shortlisted and nominated for the design of international competitions including the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

Before joining the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech, Frankoski was the Ann Kalla Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Hyde Chair of Excellence in Architecture at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and Visiting Teaching Fellow at The School of Architecture at Taliesin institutions where she encouraged the foundation of student-led publications, symposia and curatorial programs including WASH Magazine (Taliesin), Fold (UNL), and POST-NOVIS. In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, Frankowski has been developing Loudreaders, a series of online sessions and a free and accessible trade school exploring networks of intellectual solidarity. Frankowski has lectured and offered workshops in many universities, institutions, and festivals around the world. Together with Cruz Garcia, Frankowski is the author of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto, Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture (London: Artifice Books on Architecture, 2013) translated to German by ARCH+(Berlin) and set for publication in Chinese as 纯粹极致标志 (Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press, 2021), Shapes, Islands, Text: A Garcia Frankowski Manifesto (Sevilla: Vibok Works, 2014), a series of Children’s books on Art and Architecture including The Story of the Little Girl and The Sun, and of “Un-Making Architecture: An Anti-Racist Architecture Manifesto”. Currently they are working on the upcoming book From Black Square to Black Reason: A Post-Colonial Architecture Manifesto.

nfrankowski@vt.edu