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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. 

2014 "Piran Days of Architecture" Explores the Complexities of Vision

"What is the role of the architect as a visionary; can the architect (or should the architect) assume the position of social or urban orchestrator? Can architecture’s presence in a technocracy promote a vision outside of its intentions?" - Professor Paul Robinson

Aesthetic Fillup: Gas Stations

Brandon Baunach
Brandon Baunach

The design of gas stations is mostly stripped down to that required for bare function. The inextricable relationship of the aesthetics of modernism to that of the automobile begs a different approach, one that fulfills the traditional function of a gas station but also reflects shifting movements within design. Just like the cars that have driven up to utilize them, these gas stations represent design principles contemporary to the time in which they were constructed.

MIT's Festival for Art Science and Technology 'FAST Light'

Liquid Archive, Courtesy of NADAA
Liquid Archive, Courtesy of NADAA

MIT’s Festival for Art Science and Technology will culminate this weekend May 7th and 8th with FAST Light, a series of innovative site specific installations around the MIT campus and along the Charles River. Installations by MIT Department of Architecture Head, Nader Tehrani (founder and principal of Office dA and of the newly formed NADAAA), Professor Sheila Kennedy (Principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture), and Professor Meejin Yoon (Principal of Höweler + Yoon Architecture and MY Studio) are among the final river front projects that will light up the night along the river this Saturday and Sunday in front of Killian Court at MIT. More information, photographs, and videos following the break

Georgia Tech's Hinman Research Building Grand Opening

March 30th will mark the grand opening for the Hinman Research Building, Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture (COA) $9.5 million restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the historic building.

THE BI BLOG on Control

Courtesy of THE BI BLOG
Courtesy of THE BI BLOG

One topic with two points of view, THE BI BLOG recently proposed a discussion on the topic of control. Featuring two distinctly different buildings, Georgia Tech’s recently renovated Hinman Research Building by Office dA in association with Lord, Aeck & Sargent, and Berthold Lubetkin’s London Zoo Penguin Pool, the contributors share their points of view on an architect’s ability to control or not control their buildings, from conduit to how a penguin uses a space. THE BI BLOG‘s full article on Control can be found here. The BI BLOG presents a new form of collaborative design writing. Eschewing the single author, each thematic exchange presents, in tandem, two unique points of view on a single architectural topic, opening up a dialog between an ever expanding pool of designers, theorists, critics and curators (comments from readers are also encouraged).

Office dA coming to an end?

Office disputes happen all the time, it’s in our architect’s DNA.

3rd Prize at Taipei Pop Music Center Competition / office dA

Office dA (design architect) with Y. Lin Architect (joint tenderer) and CAZA (design consultant)  received third prize at the Taipei Pop Music Center Competition.

Located in the Nangang District, the principal space design comprises of an indoor performing hall with 4500-6000 seats, an outdoor performing space with 15000 standing seats, exhibition space for reputed musicians, a digital library, a medium and small indoor exhibition and performing live house, industrial communities and incubation space, etc.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

AD Interviews: Nader Tehrani, Office dA

During the 2009 AIA Convention I had the chance to attend a lecture by Nader Tehrani, after which I conducted this interview. He is one of the founders of the Boston based practice Office dA, with Monica Ponce de Leon.

University of Melbourne Announces Winners / John Wardle Architects + Office dA

A few months ago, we shared the University of Melbourne’s six short-listed finalists for their new Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning building (short list can be read here).  Of the six finalists, the team of Melbourne-based John Wardle Architects and Boston-based Office dA have been named the winners.  Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, stated, “The winning design showed a detailed understanding of the teaching and research activities of the Faculty and the potential for contribution to research across the campus.”

More images and more about the winning project after the break.