Nader Tehrani: Current Work

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Lectures

On April 5th, Nader presented NADAAA’s current work at a public lecture at the Cooper Union as part of The Architectural League’s Current Work series.

He organized his lecture around three projects for schools of design: the Hinman Research Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne, and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. These projects explore the relationship of these buildings to spaces of scholarship, making, and the accidents that happen in between these moments and, “some kind of reciprocity between the institutions we [as architects] try to cultivate, and the spaces they foster.”

Edited video courtesy of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

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Doors Open Toronto: Previewing DFALD

Posted on May 29th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Events

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors were able to get a sneak peak of One Spadina with Doors Open Toronto. Doors Open was the first time the public had access to DFALD which opens this fall.  Visitors took self-guided tours through the renewed heritage building.

To hear more about Doors Open at DFALD check out CBC’s media coverage HERE. To learn more about construction at DFALD from Urban Toronto click HERE.


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MSD Shortlisted for Moriyama RAIC International Prize

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: _Melbourne School of Design, Awards

The Melbourne School of Design has been shortlisted for the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize. The Prize, awarded every two years, recieved entries from 17 countries this year. The shortlisted projects are by BIG, Tezuka Architects, Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, and NADAAA/John Wardle Architects. The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced on September 19, 2017 at the RAIC’s gala event at The Carlu in Toronto.

Jury Comments:

“The spatial concept of an architecture school has become the social focus of the campus for all students.”

“It is a beautifully orchestrated space, thoughtfully detailed and well crafted.”

“It redefines the educational mission by engaging students with the entire building as a collaborative learning environment.”


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Helios House Featured in 2017’s 10 Best Gas Stations

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Press, Things We Like

Helios House was #8! Read more HERE.

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Posted on May 17th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Awards

DFALD won the Award of Excellence in the Architectural Category for the 2017 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Awards for its roof! The architectural category honors buildings in which architectural considerations predominantly influenced the design of the structure.

View photos of the Awards Ceremony HERE. Read more about DFALD’s steel construction HERE. And check out before and after images from U of T Daniel’s blog HERE.


DFALD Preview at Doors Open Toronto

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Events, Things We Like

May 27 – 28, 2017

10:00am – 5:00pm, last entry at 4:00pm

The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is opening the doors to One Spadina for the first public preview of its new building, now nearing completion. It will be added to one of the many popular tours offered by Doors Open. Read more HERE.

Directions: Use the East Entrance. Cross Spadina Crescent on the east side using the lights at Russell Street


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Nader Selects His Favorite New NYC Architecture

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Press, Things We Like

Along with other architects, designers, and key influencers, Nader nominated his favorite recently constructed project in New York for Metropolis Mag.

“As with all other cities, New York City is challenged by a range of buildings that may not have an overt civic or public function to be celebrated as such. At the same time, infrastructural projects such as parking structures often end up becoming one’s threshold into the city: a front door. This modest project, located in the margins of a main promenade, brings attention to a latent iconic and urban function such a threshold could contain, and it does it with a certain economy.”

Read more HERE.

designed by Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

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Nader In Conversation with Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Posted on May 9th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: Events

Welcome to Your World: A Conversation with Sarah Williams Goldhagen and Nader Tehrani

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway, at 26th Street, NYC

Rizzoli Bookstore, HarperCollins, and The Architectural League of New York will present a conversation about Goldhagen’s newly released book Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives between author Sarah Williams Goldhagen and Nader. Read more HERE.

Book signing and reception will follow.


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The Globe and Mail Features DFALD

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Jalisa Joyner

Posted under: _Daniels Building, Press

“After years of complex construction, it’s not quite done […] Yet it is already spectacular – one of the best buildings in Canada of the past decade, rich with arguments about how contemporary architecture, landscape and urbanism can work with history and build the city of the future.”

-Alex Bozikovic

Read more HERE.

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In Memoriam: Professor Diane Lewis

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Nader Tehrani

Posted under: The Cooper Union

It is with profound grief and a heavy heart that I share this communication with my students, colleagues, and alumni of The Cooper Union. Today, we lost one of the most beloved and influential voices of our community, architect and Professor Diane H. Lewis.

Diane Lewis came to The Cooper Union as a student in the Art School in 1968, transferring to Architecture in 1970, and completing her studies in 1976. Immediately upon graduation, she was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture, making her one of the youngest members to be honored by the American Academy in Rome. Upon her return to the United States, Lewis joined the offices of Richard Meier and Partners and later, I. M. Pei and Partners where she received her early training – this, while also launching her teaching career. Initially, a professor at the University of Virginia, Lewis went on to teach as a visitor in many respected programs including Yale University, the Technical University of Berlin, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the University of Toronto, where she held the Frank Gehry Visiting Chair in 2006. But it was here at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture that she planted her foundations as a radical and committed educator; Lewis was the first woman architect to be appointed to the full-time faculty, and later tenured in 1993. In an age when few dedicate themselves to teaching as a craft, her focus on creating a transformative space of learning will be a central part of her lasting legacy. Indeed, as much as Lewis was a product of Cooper Union, today we can look back at more than thirty years of her contributions and come to realize that we are, in fact, defined by the culture of her teaching.

As a practicing architect, Lewis set up her own office in 1983 under the banner of Diane Lewis Architects PC, and she has since led a focused and critical practice concentrating on competitions, urbanism, and built projects known for their exquisite refinement in both plan and detailing. Of those projects, the Studiolo for Colomina and Wigley, the Mews project for Professor Dworkin, and the Kent Gallery all demonstrate the nuance and skill that Lewis brought to her sense of materiality, figuration, and occasion. With a protean intellectual profile, Lewis’s work spoke to the panoramic range she held within her scope; a writer, designer, film-maker and urbanist, Lewis brought passion to her many activities, often synthesizing her investigations into the many publications she edited and authored. Her most recent book, including the work of several generations of students, Open City: Existential Urbanity is one such example, featuring not only her written work, but also her research on Neo-realist cinema, the role of the civic institution on the making of urbanity, and even book design as a central part of its argument. The practice of Diane Lewis served as a conduit for her inter-disciplinary interests, and she seamlessly navigated between professional practice, scholarly work, and her teaching projects as part of a larger commitment to the discipline. Naturally, as co-editor of the Education of an Architect, Lewis shared a vision about how the commitment to teaching was also part of a social contract to give back to society in productive ways.

Exhibited widely, including at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Van Alen Institute, and the Galerie Aedes in Berlin, Lewis also gained many accolades such as the John Q. Hejduk Award and nominations for the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt and the Daimler Chrysler Award. Diane Lewis was widely recognized as a consummate architect and professor. Loved by students, respected by professional colleagues and debated by academic peers, Lewis defined architecture with equal parts passion and erudition. In recent years, her Design IV urbanism studio was known for its often twelve-hour long final reviews – each one of them a marathon discussion of critical precision and clarified architectural thought.

On a more intimate note, I can only say that I will personally miss Diane dearly, most especially the tenacity with which she engaged in fierce architectural debate. Diane’s persevering intellect and commitment to leadership were so ever-present in the School, I can only imagine that both John Hejduk and Anthony Vidler felt her almighty strength in the administration of the school. She led the school symbolically, and when things did not go her way, she led a parallel school of thought alongside the very deans that gave rise to her platform. Her agency represents the very ethos of the key protagonists that a school would want inside its walls. She had a voice, she used it, and she led with it.

In the past days and weeks, I have been touched by the many students, alumni, and academic associates who have reached out to me inquiring about her well-being. Diane was loved by many and respected by all. She was fiercely loyal to her students, and she made no secret of her advocacy of the many friends she held dear in both personal and intellectual complicity. To that end, I can only see that this loss is shared far and wide by many. As the Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, I have the honor of bringing words to the collective sentiments that I believe everyone has voiced to me, and yet, I know that these words do not suffice in face of a deep, collective grief. The presence of our beloved family and friends is real and profound, but in their absence, we also discover that their every lesson, their words of wisdom, humor, and sensibility is something that takes on even more vivid presence precisely because they are no longer here in body. Diane may have left us in person, but her presence will be very much part of the education of many architects to come, and she will continue to speak with strength and clarity in the halls of this institution. As we miss her deeply, we will also have the benefit of her ongoing guidance, the fulfillment of over thirty years of generous giving.

Nader Tehrani, Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture


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