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Architect Magazine Names Top 50 US Architecture Firms for 2015

Architect Magazine has unveiled its list of the 50 best architecture firms in the US, with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Gensler taking the top three slots in the overall ranking, respectively. The rankings are based on scores from three categories: business, sustainability and design. This year the methodology was updated to include three new factors: percentage of women and minority designers; range and value of employee benefits and the rate of employee turnover. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture also ranked first in the business category, followed by Kirksey Architecture and EYP Architecture & Engineering. EYP also headed the sustainability rankings, followed by Gensler and ZeroEnergy Design, while the design rankings were led by NADAAA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Studio Gang Architects. Learn more about the methodology and view the full rankings here

Nader Tehrani Named Dean of Architecture at The Cooper Union

Nader TehraniMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) architecture professor and founding principal of Office dA and NADAAA, has been appointed dean of The Cooper Union's Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. From 2010 to 2014, Tehrani served as the head of MIT's Department of Architecture, while leading two offices in Boston and New York City. He will now join Cooper this month and focus his efforts on speculative research and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Melbourne School of Design University of Melbourne / John Wardle Architects + NADAAA

  • Architects: John Wardle Architects , NADAAA
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architects in Charge: John Wardle, Stefan Mee (JWA), Nader Tehrani (NADAAA)
  • Area: 15772.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts, John Horner, John Gollings

© Peter Bennetts © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner

Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space

One of ARCHITECT Magazine's six winners of a 2015 Progressive Architects Award (P/A), NADAAA and Himma Studio's Ordos 20 + 10 reflects a reconfiguration of the office typology for compact spaces. 

The project is part of a high density office park masterplan in Ordos City, located in Inner Mongolia, in which developments are subject to stringent zoning regulations. Offices included in the area must be comprised of multiple cubic volumes, and lack what NADAAA and Himma Studio describe as "an immediate urban context." Learn more about the project and the architects' response to these considerations after the break.


© John Horner
© John Horner
  • Architects: NADAAA
  • Location: 1375 Washington Street, Boston, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Office dA
  • Principal In Charge: Nader Tehrani
  • Project Architect: Dan Gallagher
  • Project Team: Monica Ponce de Leon, Harry Lowd, Richard Lee, Lisa Huang, Remon Alberts, Janghwan Cheon, Jumanah Jamal, Aishah Al Sager
  • Area: 4800.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: John Horner

© John Horner © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner

Model Home Gallery / NADAAA

© John Horner
© John Horner
  • Architects: NADAAA
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Principals in Charge: Nader Tehrani, Katie Faulkner, AIA
  • Project Coordinator: Kevin Lee
  • Project Team: : Dan Gallagher, Ellee Lee, Richard Lee, John Houser, Ryan Murphy, Samuel Jacobson, Tom Beresford, Tim Wong
  • Area: 105000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: John Horner

© John Horner © John Horner © John Horner © John Horner

Aesop Store in Fillmore Street / NADAAA

  • Architects: NADAAA
  • Location: 2450 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
  • Principal in Charge: Dan Gallagher
  • Design Principals: Nader Tehrani, Katherine Faulkner
  • Project Manager: John Chow
  • Team: Jonathan Palazzolo, Parke MacDowell
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Juliana Sohn

© Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn © Juliana Sohn

Dortoir Familial / NADAAA

Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

The Dortoir Familial, designed by NADAAA, focuses on merging with the landscape as the slipped court provides simultaneous interiority and exteriority—protected and private as well as extroverted and engaged. The most significant result of this integration of landscape and house is the production of a monumental vaulted threshold to a central courtyard. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Nader Tehrani to lecture at ASA International Forum in Bangkok

Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

Nader Tehrani, a principal and founder of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, inter-disciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry, will be delivering a lecture at the ASA Forum in Bangkok on April 29. He also is a professor and the head of the Department of Architecture at MIT School of Architecture and Planning. As the founding principal of Office dA, Nader Tehrani’s work received many prestigious awards, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the United States Artists Architecture and Design Award, and thirteen Progressive Architecture Awards. More information on the event can be found here.