Dortoir Familial Begins Construction

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: construction

Construction has started on Dortoir Familial in Saint-Tropez. Read more about the project HERE.


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Justice in Design Featured in the Press

Posted on July 19th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press

This past week, Justice in Design, our report on de-centralizing Rikers Island in collaboration with the Van Alen Institute, has been featured in a series of publications. Check out the links below.

Fast Company: Redesigning New York’s Most Notorious Jail

Metropolis: From Jails to “Justice Hubs”: New Report Details How Design Can Improve & Integrate Jails in Our Cities

Architectural Record: New Report from Van Alen Institute Proposes Design Alternatives to Rikers Island

CityLab: Designing the Opposite of Rikers

Curbed: In lieu of Rikers, advocates propose ‘justice hubs’ with art studios, community gardens

NextCity: New York Has a Chance to Embrace This New Type of Jail Design

6sqft: As first step towards closing Rikers, design concept calls for community-based ‘justice hubs’

Architectural Digest: Here’s How Rikers Island Could Be Improved by Good Design

Architect’s Newspaper: This design team has ideas for a better, more humane jail system

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Tanderrum Competes in New Australian TV Show

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press

Tanderrum Bridge on Australia by Design from NADAAA on Vimeo.

Tanderrum Bridge will be featured on Australia by Design (hosted by architect Tim Horton) which will devote one episode to each of the country’s states and territories. Every episode will have a jury rank the ten best projects in the state with a finale that will pit all of the best projects against one another to decide the “best-of-the-best”. Read more HERE.

Australia by Design airs on Channel 10 or WIN from Saturday, July 15 at 3 pm.

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Justice in Design

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: In the Press, Urban Design



NADAAA’s collaborative report to develop guidelines and opportunities for forward-thinking jail design has been released to the public. This report was created with the Van Alen Institute and The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform to explore how design could make “A More Just New York City”. The findings in the report develop innovative design and programming guidelines for future decentralized jails—termed Justice Hubs. Justice Hubs are facilities that create healthy, normative environments and support rehabilitation for incarcerated or detained individuals, while simultaneously providing neighborhoods with new public amenities.

These facilities take into account the context of surrounding communities. The guidelines offer resources for all neighborhood residents, reducing the fear and stigma surrounding jails while providing shared amenities, such as community gardens, art studios, exercise facilities, medical clinics, and social services. Calling for on-site programs such as job training centers, community courts, a police department, and probation offices, the guidelines position Justice Hubs as public sites of civic unity with integrated ways for detainees to return to life in the city, restoring dignity to people who are incarcerated while making the criminal justice system more visible, accountable, and responsive.

The full report can be downloaded as a pdf HERE, below is a summary.


Rikers Island affects people from every borough, creating intertwined challenges for detainees, their families, correction staff, and city residents. The isolated location, harsh environments, and challenging protocols make for spaces that are dehumanizing, unhealthy, and unsafe for many that come into contact with it. Closing Rikers would relieve the knot of tension and harm that these jails create.


A series of workshops in three New York City boroughs were instrumental in establishing the design principles of our work. In addition to the workshops, the team also toured two existing jails, attended Independent Commission round-table discussions, and met with family members of people who were detained and with former correction officers. The workshops, site-visits, and round-tables affirmed the urgent need to close Rikers Island and develop a new generation of jails.



Consideration of supervisory, programmatic, operational, quality of life, and design elements in the interior configurations of spaces is essential for healthier residential life for inmates, detainees, and officers. These five elements are the foundation of our design principles for residential life, which can be used in both existing and new facilities: direct supervision, connection to embedded program spaces, manage sensory stimulation in physical environment, streamline the intake and release processes, and re-conceive medical and behavioral health service processes.


Organizational, personnel, and aesthetic changes in the processing of information, staff interactions, improvement of furnishings, lighting conditions, access to outdoors, and views would tangibly improve a person’s ability to visit someone who has been detained, as well as normalizing the meeting experience itself.



Justice Hubs are a new model for detention in New York City. Located in each of the boroughs near existing courts and municipal buildings, these new facilities offer an innovative opportunity for a justice system that is fair and responsive to different communities throughout New York City. Rikers Island is an isolated, violence-plagued, fiscal drain on the city. The Hubs’ locations and state-of-the-art design offers:

1. Reduced time and resources needed for individuals to move to and from courts.
2. Modern facilities that are safe on the inside and reflect the look and feel of the neighborhood on the outside.
3. Increased accountability and community connection.
4. Improved court efficiency that eases strain on inmates and staff.
5. More effective and efficient programming and services that address mental health and criminal justice issues that ultimately lower the jail population.
6. The creation of a civic resource, integrated into the neighborhood providing communities with much needed services and facilities.


Communities are defined by a diversity of people utilizing an array of places and programs in the City.  The location, programming and services provided at a Justice Hub will benefit  detainees, their families, jail staff and the broader community.



A Justice Hub benefits the detainee by providing a faster judicial process, better access to health services and programming, more frequent access to family visits and legal support, and more calming living spaces.


A Justice Hub enables family members of detainees and inmates the opportunity to see loved ones without traveling long distances, and creates a safe and friendly environment for visitation.


People engage city elements in specific ways and share coincidental connections. Realizing our connectedness can help shape a positive understanding of who we are and how we define New York City.


A single civic entry at street level shared by all who use the building establishes a common threshold for everyone to enter—whether worker, visitor, or the general public using other programs. This powerful and simple idea identifies a building for all users to take advantage of what the Justice Hub has to offer. For an institution to be perceived as part of the culture and integral to the identity of the community, the design language of the building itself must embody civic ideals. To do so, the institution and its surroundings must serve existing programs yet remain flexible for future needs, address their context, symbolize a larger ethos and civic identity, and connect with public aspirations.


As the city moves toward a future with a system of borough-based courts and jails, these new buildings must become an integral part of the city, borough, neighborhood, and civic experience for all New Yorkers. No longer should they stand isolated from the surrounding context.


More resources:

The Mayor’s resolution to close Rikers Island: Smaller Safer Fairer: A Road Map to Closing Rikers Island

The Independent Commission Report: A More Just New York City

Justice in Design Workshop Process


Justice in Design Team:

Our team was led by NADAAA principals Dan Gallagher, AIA and Nader Tehrani with a key multi-disciplinary group including Susan Gottesfeld of the Osborne Association; Karen Kubey, urbanist; with Susan Opotow and Jayne Mooney of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Tanderrum Wins at Victorian Architecture Awards

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Awards

For the first time, the Melbourne Prize was presented equally to two projects, the Tanderrum Bridge and the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission by M@ Studio Architects. Projects that received an architecture award or named award will be considered for the National Architecture Awards, to be announced in Canberra in November.

“The lightweight industrial quality of steel trussed railway structures and branches of the park’s elm trees influenced the character of the bridge. The result is a filigree character that provides the “framework for a journey” between two starkly different landscapes.”

Read more about the awards HERE.


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New Hampshire Retreat and DFALD Win at the Plan Awards

Posted on July 6th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Awards, In the Press

Both New Hampshire Retreat and DFALD won Honorable Mentions for their categories (Hospitality and Education respectively) in the 2017 Plan Awards.Read about the New Hampshire Retreat HERE and DFALD HERE.

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Newton House on Archello

Posted on July 5th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press

The Newton House, a private residence we completed in a Boston suburb, has been published on Archello. The addition and pool house develop a dialogue with the existing gardens creating a series of filters and frames through which the landscape is viewed. Read more HERE.

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Tanderrum Bridge wins the Melbourne Prize

Posted on July 1st, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Awards, Tanderrum

Tanderrum Bridge has won the coveted Melbourne Prize at the Victorian AIA 2017 Awards for its “evocative and memorable contribution to Melbourne’s cultural and urban landscape”.

“The lightweight industrial quality of steel trussed railway structures and branches of the park’s elm trees influenced the character of the bridge. The result is a filigree character that provides the ‘framework for a journey’ between two starkly different landscapes.”

A big thank you to our collaborators John Wardle Architects, Oculus and Buro North!

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Nader Featured in Azure’s Celebration of Canada 150

Posted on June 30th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: In the Press

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Nader, along with architects from Snøhetta, 5468796 architecture and other firms, speak about what they think the country’s role in architecture will be in the next 150 years.

“From our perspective today south of the border, we can imagine Canada playing an important role in offering a platform for social equity and environmental issues through the agency of design, all of which your leadership has shown in some measure – something that is being denied to us in the USA under our current administration. If the current spheres of power are fleeting moments in the context of the next 150 years, they are also a reminder that their impact can only be seen if treated as long-term commitments as part of a larger social contract.”

Read more HERE.

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Tanderrum Wins BSA Honor Award!

Posted on June 27th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Awards, In the Press

Tanderrum Pedestrian Bridge has been recognized by the BSA’s Honor Award for Design Excellence. We’ll receive the award at the 2018 BSA Design Gala.

Learn more about the award HERE.

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