J. Harley Nalley

J. Harley Nalley

Augusta, GA, US


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Harely is from Georgia. During his youth, he experienced communion with nature secluded in the wild. As an adult, a life spent as a hispanophile took him to Spain. For the first time, he felt the same shelter of the woods in that of the city. His moments of discovery felt natural; they felt like rediscoveries.  Harley considers himself to be a man of letters fascinated by the city. His primary interest lies in the borderland between memory of place, the human imagination and the materialized substance of the world. He believes that architecture constitutes a language we employ to locate, map and navigate this borderland.



Atelier Rob Voerman, Arnhem, NL, Artist Assistant

model making, sculpture, metalwork.
worked on a wall piece for the Ministry of Economics in Den Haag.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture degree with extensive coursework in drawing and printmaking. During thesis (and before), pursued writing intensive work in dialogue with studio investigations.

Jun 2010 - Jun 2013

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, US, Masters, Spanish Language and Literature

Jun 2008 - Aug 2009

University of the South, Sewanee, TN, US, Bachelors, Spanish Language and Literature

magna cum laude, departmental honors, wilkins scholar

Aug 2004 - May 2008

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