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Randy Nakamura

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Randy Nakamura is a writer, designer, teacher, and researcher. He has an MFA in graphic design from CalArts and in 2020 completed a Ph.D in architecture from UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. As a researcher and curator he has contributed to the 2013 Pacific Standard Time exhibition Everything Loose Will Land for the MAK Center and Getty Foundation focusing on the art and architecture of Los Angeles in the 1970s. His writing has been published in a+u, Design Observer, Emigre, Task, Modes of Criticism, and Idea Magazine. Previously he was the Director of Design for The Grateful Palate.


  • Design history
  • Architectural history

Research Areas

  • History of 20th century architecture
  • Media architecture


  • UCLA, Ph.D in Architecture, 2020
  • CalArts MFA in Graphic Design, 2005
  • Reed College BA in Biology, 1993

Prior Experience

  • Senior Adjunct Professor, California College of the Arts