Nader Tehrani (born in 1963 in London) is an Iranian-American designer and educator. He was raised in Pakistan, South Africa, Iran, and the United States. He founded Office dA in 1986 alongside Rodolphe El Khoury, later being joined by Monica Ponce de Leon in 1991. In 2011 Tehrani founded NADAAA with Katherine Faulkner and Daniel Gallagher. He is currently the dean of the Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. Previously he was a professor of architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, where he served as Head of the Department from 2010-2014, MIT. He is currently Design Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry.
With degrees from Harvard and RISD, he was also educated in London and Rome during his college years. Tehrani briefly studied at MIT before receiving a B.F.A. and a B. Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He continued his studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he attended the Post-Graduate program in History and Theory. Upon his return to United States, Tehrani received M.A.U.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991.
Architectural Work and Teaching
Tehrani was the principal-in-charge of a variety of projects in different arenas: in digital fabrication (Raemian Model Home Gallery in Seoul, Korea, LEED-certified Helios House in L.A., Banq Restaurant in Boston), institutional projects of complex programmatic order (Melbourne School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design Fleet Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design Department Offices, and Northeastern University Inter-Faith Spiritual Center), and residential projects of large and small scale (LEED-Gold certified Macallen Building in Boston, Dortoir Familial in Southern France, and Tongxian Arts in Beijing). Having won the commissions of three Schools of Architecture, Tehrani has completed the Hinman Research Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and is currently working on the completion of John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto which won a 2014 Holcim Acknowledgement Award.
Tehrani has taught at MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology where he served as the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design, and University of Toronto as the Frank O. Gehry International Visiting Chair at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Tehrani has received fifteen Progressive Architecture Awards as well as numerous AIA, Boston Society of Architects and ID awards. In 2013 and 2014, NADAAA was ranked no. 1 in design for Architect Magazine's Top 50 Firms in the United States.
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