Since July 1, Nader Tehrani has been the new head of the Department of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. He succeeds Yung Ho Chang, who led the department from 2005 to 2010.
The son of an Iranian diplomat, Tehrani was born in England and raised in Pakistan, South Africa, Iran, Italy and the United States. He received his BFA in 1985 and his BArch in 1986, both from the Rhode Island School of Design, after which he attended a post-graduate program in History and Theory at the Architectural Association in London.
He founded Office dA after graduation from RISD in 1986, in collaboration with Rodolphe El Khoury. Upon receiving his Master of Architecture and Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1991, he was joined at Office dA by Monica Ponce de Leon, now dean of the Taubman School of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Their work is formidably diverse in both scope and scale, ranging from table settings to a 20,000-seat soccer stadium to urban design/infrastructure projects in Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait and the US, and including most everything in between. They have received twelve Progressive Architecture awards, five I.D. Magazine Awards, the Harleston Parker Award, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture.
Tehrani joined the MIT faculty in 2007 after teaching at RISD, Harvard and Georgia Tech, where he held the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design. After arriving at MIT, he helped to restructure the core curriculum while continuing his research on material applications, the building industry and new means and methods of construction, especially in the area of digital fabrication.