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Nader Tehrani is American designer and educator. He was born in England. He received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design (MAUD) with distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991. He founded Office dA in 1986 and started his own practice. Tehrani is currently a professor and head of the Department of Architecture, MIT. He is also Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry.
Tehrani received 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. Tehrani has also taught at 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.
Office dA and NADAAA
Tehrani has served as 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 (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 is currently working on completion of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
As the principal and founder of Office dA, Tehrani’s work has been recognized with notable awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award  in Architecture (2007), the United States Artists Fellowship in Architecture and 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 Multi-faith Spiritual Center (2002) and the Boston Society of Architects Hobson Award for the Georgia Institute of Technology Hinman Research Building (2012). Throughout his career, Tehrani has received fourteen Progressive Architecture Awards as well as numerous AIA, Boston Society of Architects and ID awards. In September 2013, NADAAA was ranked no. 1 in design for Architect Magazine's Top 50 Firms in the United States.
Tehrani's research and installations have been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work is also part of the permanent collection of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
Tehrani has lectured widely at institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Harvard University, Princeton University and the Architectural Association School of Architecture. Tehrani has participated in many symposia including the Monterey Design Conference (2009), the Buell Center ‘Contemporary Architecture and its Consequences’ at Columbia University (2009), and the Graduate School of Design ‘Beyond the Harvard Box’ (2006).
He has authored several articles including 'Aggregation' and 'Difficult Synthesis' in Material Design: Informing Architecture through Materiality by Thomas Schropfer and 'Versioning: Connubial Reciprocities of Surface and Space' in Architectural Design. And his work has been internationally reviewed and published-- in periodicals such as Architect, Architectural Record, Icon, Wallpaper, Monitor, The Plan, Abitare, Mark, Frame, I.D., Contract, Archiworld, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, among others.