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Nader Tehrani / The Cooper Union

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
September 27, 2017 - 5:30pm

Nader Tehrani will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27. The talk is free and open to the public. Tehrani is Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union and principal of NADAAA, a practice with offices in Boston and New York City.

Dean Tehrani joined Cooper from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was professor of architecture and served as head of the Department of Architecture from 2010 to 2014. His research targets material culture as the basis for speculation – exploring material properties, negotiating materials and their geometric predispositions and challenging the means and methods of building processes. Working between the digital realm and the medium of full-scale mock-ups, he seeks to simulate and test alternative approaches towards tectonic studies.

Tehrani received a BFA and a BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1986, respectively. He continued his studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he attended the post-graduate program in history and theory. Upon his return to the United States, Tehrani received an MAUD from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1991. Tehrani has taught at Harvard, RISD, Georgia Tech, where he served as the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design, and the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Architecture, Landscape and Design as the Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair.

As principal and founder of Boston-based firm Office dA, Tehrani has been recognized with notable awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture (2007), the U.S. Artists Fellowship in Architecture & Design (2007) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture (2002). He has also received the Harleston Parker Medal for the Northeastern University Inter-faith Spiritual Center (2002) and the Hobson Award for the Georgia Tech’s Hinman Research Building (2012). Tehrani has received 16 Progressive Architecture Awards, as well as numerous American Institute of Architects, BSA and ID awards. NADAAA was the top ranked practice in design of Architect Magazine's Top 50 Firms in the United States in 2013 and 2014.

His work is part of the permanent collections of the Canadian Centre for Architectureand the Nasher Sculpture Center and has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and more. Additionally, he has been published in a variety of journals and books, including Architectural Design and Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality by Thomas Schroepfer (2011).

More recently, Tehrani has brought his academic and professional experiences together through a series of institutional projects that sought to test out new spaces of academic engagement. Having won the commissions of three schools of architecture, Tehrani completed the Hinman Research Building at Georgia Tech and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. He is currently working on the completion of the new John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design facility at the University of Toronto.