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Nana-Yaw Andoh

Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

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Nana-Yaw Andoh

Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture
Golisano Institute for Sustainability


B.Arch., M.ADU., University of Notre Dame


Mr. Nana-Yaw Andoh teaches courses on the social, political, economic, legal, and environmental impacts of large-scale urban planning for population growth. His current research interest revolves around the idea of improving the quality of life in developing countries by focusing on the impacts of population growth in sub-Saharan African countries and how appropriate planning and design initiatives can alleviate the sub-standard quality of living that most citizens of displaced communities are subject to. He has received the Dean’s Award for Design Excellence in Architecture and the John A. Kaneb Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame. His students describe him as having academic rigor delivered with calm enthusiasm and passion. When not teaching at GIS, Mr. Andoh enjoys playing sports, watching movies, and reading novels of historic significance.

Prior to coming to RIT, Mr. Andoh worked for several well respected firms on a variety of high profile projects, including churches, parochial schools, high-end homes, hospitality and resort projects, and large scale urban designs. Mr. Andoh has also held multiple teaching appointments, most recently as an Associate Professor of Architecture at SUNY Delhi where he developed the first Study Abroad Program based on the History and Architecture of the Italian Renaissance in Florence and Rome. Mr. Andoh is a “double domer” having received both his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism degrees from the University of Notre Dame.


My teaching philosophy is relatively simple and structured around 4 general ideas that allows for flexibility based on a variety of factors. The 4 areas or ideas that inform my teaching are acknowledgment, demonstration, repetition, and refinement.

Acknowledgment refers to an appreciation of the history of Architecture and Urbanism. We become better by researching and understanding the past, learning from the past, and applying the best practices learned into current practice for a sustainable future. This is accomplished by using appropriate precedent in design studio projects, and applying historical knowledge in current design projects.

Demonstration is my ability to sketch for student comprehension and impressing upon students the necessity of constant exploration through drawing. Architects tend to be visual learners by nature, and in my experience beginning students appreciate professors with the ability to teach through the process of drawing with students. By going through the steps of showing students how to break down ideas graphically and investigate through sketching and drawing, it allows for students to understand complex design concepts and appreciate the process of drawing as a design tool.

Repetition is the continued practice of the craft. We get better by doing things over and over again. This does not necessarily mean repeating the same project, but rather than having one large design project over the course of a semester, a design studio can use a general idea and work on three or four smaller projects over the course of the semester, allowing students to repeat a similar process and hopefully be better each time.

Refinement is a skill I try to impress on all students during the design process. Some students tend to arrive at design solutions very quickly by falling in love with an initial idea and never exploring other concepts. Refinement forces students to continuously tweak ideas to make them better, and in the process explore other concepts that will benefit the overall design.


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0 - 3 Credits
Masters-level Global Experience by the candidate under the direction of an RIT instructor, a program with another academic institution, or an independent travel experience for no credit. Students may enroll once for a maximum of 3 credits towards their degree requirement. The subject of each offering varies depending on the location and focus of the faculty member’s or student’s interest.
6 Credits
Students will analyze and solve building based architectural design problems with a focus on residential design and other wood based structures. (Pre-requisite, ARCH-631 Architectural Design I, Corequisite, ARCH-621 Architectural Representation II). Classroom 3, Studio 9, Credit 6 (S) ARCH-
1 - 6 Credits
Masters-level scholarship by the candidate under the direction of the instructor. Students may enroll multiple times for a maximum of 9 credits towards their degree requirement. The subject of each offering varies depending on the nature and stage of the faculty member’s work.
1 - 4 Credits
3 Credits
This course immerses students in the field of urban and regional planning by studying and actively engaging in the planning process through projects with community agencies. (Pre-requisite, ARCH-632 Architectural Design II) Class 3, Credit 3 (S)
3 Credits
This course presents the various systems that comprise a project’s site work; architectural materials/methods, civil engineering, and landscaping architecture as well as site constraints.
6 Credits
This course examines the adaptive reuse of existing spaces, with implicit exposure to the basics of historic preservation. Students will examine and document an existing “real” space within the region, and propose coherent and rational architectural interventions for that space.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Andoh, Nana-Yaw, et al. "Role of Design Charettes and Community Engagement." 2019 American Planning Association New York State Chapter Conference. American Planning Association. Rochester, NY. 3 Oct. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Andoh, Nana-Yaw, Andrew Fetterer, and Chad Frederick. "Tools and Technologies for Teaching New Urbanism." CNU 27 - Louisville. CNU. Louisville, KY. 14 Jun. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Andoh, Nana-Yaw. "New Urbanism: A Model for Sustainable Urban Design and Social Equity." MU-RIT Exchange Program. Malmo University, Sweden. Malmo, SW. 9 Sep. 2016. Guest Lecture.
Andoh, Nana-Yaw. "Historic and Architectural Significance of the Renaissance in Florence and Rome." SUNY Delhi Study Abroad Program. SUNY Delhi. Florence, Rome, IT. 5 Jan. 2016. Guest Lecture.
Invited Article/Publication
Andoh, Nana-Yaw. "Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries: A Case Study in Accra, Ghana - Central Business District." United Nations Institute for Training and Research. (2016). Web.
Andoh, Nana-Yaw. Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries. 12 Oct. 2016. Community Design Center of Rochester, Rochester. Exhibit.