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Nader Tehrani

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Nader Tehrani is professor of architecture at MIT, where he served as the Head of the Department from 2010-2014. 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, 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.

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 Award for the Northeastern University Multi-faith Spiritual Center (2002) and the 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 has lectured widely at institutions including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Harvard University, Princeton University and the Architectural Association. 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).

The works of Nader Tehrani have been widely exhibited at MOMA, LA MOCA and ICA Boston. His work is also part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Having won the commissions of three Schools of Architecture, Tehrani has completed the Hinman Research Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and is currently working on completion of the and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

background
Education
1991
Masters of Architecture in Urban Design, with Distinction, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design,
1987
Post-graduate Program, Architectural Association, Graduate School of History and Theory
1986
Bachelor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
1985
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design
Academic Experience
1993 - 1998
Rhode Island School of Design
2005 - 2006
Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design, Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture
1998 - 2007
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
2010 – 2011
Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design, University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
2010 – 2015
Professional Fellow,University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
2010-2014
Head of Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning
awards
2013
Top U.S. Design Firms, No. 1, ARCHITECT Magazine
2012
The American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
2012
Hobson Prize for Interior Architecture/Interior Design, Boston Society of Architects
2007
Architecture Design Award, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
2007
Architecture and Design Fellow, United States Artists
2002
Harleston Parker Award
2002
Academy Award in Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters
1997
Young Architects Award, Architectural League of New York
20 National/Local AIA Awards
5 I.D. Annual Design Review Awards
15 Progressive Architecture Awards
2014
Top U.S. Design Firms, No. 1, ARCHITECT Magazine