Nader Tehrani is Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. He is principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with construction practices. The firm has offices in Boston and New York City.

His own research targeted 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.

As the principal and founder of 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.

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