Nader Tehrani

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Nader Tehrani
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Born1963 (age 54–55)
Alma materHarvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design
PracticeNADAAA (2011) Previously Office dA (1986)

Nader Tehrani (born 1963 in London[1][2]) is an Iranian-American designer and educator. He founded Office dA in 1986 alongside Rodolphe El Khoury, later being joined by Monica Ponce de Leon in 1991. Tehrani founded NADAAA in 2011 with Katherine Faulkner and Daniel Gallagher. Tehrani is currently the dean of the Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

He was raised in Pakistan, South Africa, Iran, and the United States.With degrees from Harvard[6] and RISD,[7] 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.


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 (Melbourne School of Design,[8] 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,[9] and worked 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.[10][11]

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.[citation needed]


As the principal and founder of Office dA alongside Monica Ponce de Leon, Tehrani’s work has been recognized with notable awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture (2007),[3] 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 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.


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 and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.


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 Schroepfer. He also authored 'Versioning: Connubial Reciprocities of Surface and Space' in Architectural Design. His work has also 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.


  1. ^ "Nader Tehrani - Selected Readings". Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  2. ^ "Nader Tehrani". Montalvo Arts Center. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ a b "Nader Tehrani Named Dean". The Cooper Union. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
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  5. ^ "A conversation with Nader Tehrani". MIT News. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  6. ^ "Harvard Graduate School of Design - Nader Tehrani". Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  7. ^ "New Wave of Architectural Leadership | News | About | RISD". Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  8. ^ "Melbourne School of Design University of Melbourne / John Wardle Architects + NADAAA". 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  9. ^ "MSD Building". Melbourne School of Design. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  10. ^ "NADAAA architects provide insight into the design of the new Daniels Faculty complex at One Spadina Crescent". The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  11. ^ "Heritage Reframed: University building renovation and extension". Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. Retrieved 2016-03-06.

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