NADAAA is a Boston-based architecture and urban design firm led by principal designer Nader Tehrani, in collaboration with partner Katherine Faulkner. NADAAA is a platform for design investigation at a large scale and with a great geographic reach. NADAAA’s projects range in scale from furniture to architecture and urban design, with a focus on craft, construction, and digital fabrication. The firm has received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the Harleston Parker Award, the Hobson Award, numerous national, state, and local AIA awards, 5 American Architecture Awards, and 18 Progressive Architecture awards. NADAAA’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and LA MoCA, and is part of the permanent exhibit at the Nasher and the CCA. For the past five years NADAAA has been placed in the top three design firms in the United States by Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Firms ranking.
NADER TEHRANI, PRINCIPAL Working on interdisciplinary platforms, Nader Tehrani’s research has been focused on the transformation of the building industry, innovative material applications, and the development of new means and methods of construction– as exemplified in his work with digital fabrication. Tehrani’s work has received many prestigious awards, among which are the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and Eighteen Progressive Architecture Awards. Tehrani is also the Dean of the Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and former Head of the Department of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning where he served from 2010-2014.
KATHERINE FAULKNER, AIA, PRINCIPAL is a founding principal of NADAAA, overseeing firm operations, fabrication, and design on select projects. Since 2011, she has directed efforts to expand the firm’s prototyping facilities and portfolio, extending NADAAA’s geographic reach and capacity to deliver large projects. A 1987 graduate of Dartmouth College, Katie received her MArch from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and has been working for over 20 years in residential, academic, institutional, and health-care projects. After receiving an MBA from Boston University in 2010, Katie looked for an opportunity to re-focus the business of design and joined former schoolmates Nader Tehrani and Dan Gallagher in launching NADAAA. As the principal of NADAAA, Faulkner has been recognized with notable awards, including the 2014 Holcim Award, 2017 Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award of Excellence, three Green Good Design Awards; six Progressive Architecture Awards; as well as numerous AIA and BSA Awards. Katie lectures and serves on panels internationally, most recently for the National AIA Conference in New York and the OAA Conference in Toronto.
ARTHUR CHANG, AIA, PRINCIPAL In Arthur Chang’s 15 years of professional practice he has acted as Designer and Project Manager of a variety of institutional, commercial, public and residential projects. Arthur has served as design lead on numerous award-winning projects. Arthur recently completed the Melbourne School of Design, a $98M project and winner of over a dozen international awards. Arthur is currently designing a new subway head-house for the MBTA in Boston’s Seaport District. He is also leading construction administration for a residence hall for the Rhode Island School of Design.
RICHARD LEE, ASSOCIATE Richard Lee’s professional work has included the Design and Project Management of varied institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Currently, he is managing the renovations to multiple RISD dormitories in Providence, RI. He recently completed work on the new Daniels Building at the University of Toronto. Previously, he led the programming and design for the Raemian Model Home Gallery in South Korea, a U.S. Land Port of Entry, a corporate dining facility in New York along with an affiliated hotel/restaurant, an Office Tower for a fashion design company in South Korea (a P/A Award winner) and various commercial restaurant projects. He also served as Project Manager for the Northeastern University Multi-faith Chapel (winner of the Harleston Parker Medal 2002).
HARRY LOWD, ASSOCIATE Harry Lowd’s professional work has included Design and Project Management of varied institutional, commercial, and residential projects. At NADAAA, he is currently the Project Manager of a large mixed-use development project for MIT in Cambridge, MA. He recently was the Project Designer for a renovation and addition to a pre-war house in Washington DC. Previous projects at NADAAA include: designer on the Samsung Model Home Gallery in Seoul, Korea; project manager for a 290,000 SF ‘Green’ University Arts and Retail District Housing complex in Cleveland, OH; designer on the Macallen Building in South Boston.
AMIN TADJ, ASSOCIATE Since joining NADAAA in 2013 Amin has worked as Senior Project Designer and Project Manager on several projects including an innovation center for Saint-Gobain North America, the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design project for the University of Toronto, a rehabilitation plan for The Marble Block in Biddeford, as well as many competitions including for the Bamiyan Cultural Centre and Glasnevin chapel. He is currently the Project Manager of a large mixed-use tower in Cleveland, Ohio that broke ground in 2017 and will be completed in the first months of 2019. He is also the Senior Project Designer on the Adams Street Branch Library project in Dorchester which is currently in the Schematic Design Phase.
DUSTIN BRUGMANN is a designer and fabricator at NADAAA and co-directs the NADLAB. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Miami University of Ohio and went on to receive his M.Arch from the University of Michigan in 2015. He remained at Michigan as the FABLab co-manager while lecturing in digital fabrication courses and collaborating on numerous architectural research projects. Dustin was recently a QuarraMatter Research Fellow and NuVu Design + Technology Fellow and is dedicated to design and making.
ALEX DIAZ is a designer and job captain at NADAAA. Diaz is currrently working on a new MBTA Headhouse at Kendall Square. He recently worked on a study to decentralize Rikers Island for the Van Allen Institute. He also recently completed drawing phases for The Beacon residential tower in Cleveland (construction completion set for early 2019), and a feasibility study for the Adams Library in Dorchester, MA. Alex holds a B.A. in Biology w/ a specialization in Neuroscience from Boston University and an Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
LISA LACHARITÉ has acted as designer and project manager on a range of residential, institutional, installation, and graphic design projects. She was recently a designer and a project manager for Dortoir Familial, an award-winning 6,000 square foot private residence in Ramatuelle, France. She also managed the interior design and FF&E for the Rock Creek House in Washington D.C. and assisted in its construction administration. Lisa is also involved in the management of internal and external gallery exhibits including the recent Tempietto Exemplum exhibit at the Yale School of Architecture. She is currently managing and leading design on The Engine, an MIT funded incubator space with labs and open workspaces.
NICOLE SAKR, LEED AP is NADAAA’s graphics and communications director and is responsible for design research, proposal production, press, media, exhibits and awards efforts. Nicole is also an editor of The Lebanon Architect, an online journal of architecture in the Middle East and she practices photography and film editing in her spare time. She received her Bachelor of Architecture with high honors from Kent State University in 2007.
MICHAEL SCHANBACHER, AIA has over ten years of experience in Architecture and Landscape Architecture offices. His experience has varied from project management for large institutional projects to small-scale restaurants and private residences. At NADAAA he is currently the Project Manager for the Adams Street Branch of the Boston Public Library. Prior to joining NADAAA, he worked at Schwartz/Silver Architects as Project Architect for the 500,000sf addition and renovation to the McCoy Federal Building in Jackson, Mississippi, and as Project Manager for the renovation of the Shain Library at Connecticut College. Schanbacher holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He has been a registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2009.
NATHAN VICE lived the first 18 years of his life as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia. He is interested in design at all scales. His desire to learn through making led him to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch). After graduating he worked at Kendall/Heaton Associates, a nationally recognized firm in Houston, Texas as an architect, coordinating the production of corporate headquarters while moonlighting as a maker. While at KHA he worked on construction documents for the Amegy Bank Headquarters in Houston, Texas and he worked through all phases of the American Airlines Trinity Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.
MATTHEW WAXMAN Matthew has recently worked as designer and project manager for the Principal Hall auditorium of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design and the mock-up/installation “Catenary Compression” that was featured in the BSA Space exhibition ‘Bigger than a breadbox, smaller than a building.” He has also been a designer on the 400,000 sf MIT Site 4 development in Cambridge, MA, and contributed to NADAAA’s work on a masterplan for the Seaport District. He received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He holds undergraduate degrees in film and architectural history from UC Santa Cruz in California.
AARON WELLER Aaron Weller, AIA, NCARB recently joined NADAAA as a project manager. He is currently managing the renovation of dormitories for the Rhode Island School of Design. He was recently a Project Manager at ORG Permanent Modernity. At ORG, he led numerous architecture and urban design projects including: short-listed competition phase of a mixed-use urban block redevelopment in City Center Brussels (2017, 2nd prize); long-term vision and feasibility study for a mixed-use development in Union Square, Somerville (2014-2017); senior urban designer for metro-area urban plans for Ghent, Belgium and Marseille-Aix-en Provence, France with a focus on regional transit (2014-2015); and he was project manager and design lead for the African Agribusiness Pilot Research Facility in Ghana, which was awarded a 2016 “Un-built Honor Award” from the Boston Society of Architects (2014-2016).
TIMOTHY WONG AIA, NCARB, RIBA, LEEDAP, QAQC Tim Wong leads NADAAA’s technical team, with over 30 years of professional experience. He has expertise in all phases of the building cycle, with particular interest in building envelope performance, and thorough knowledge of the Massachusetts Building and Energy Codes, IBC, AAB, and ADA. Tim is currently working on the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at The University of Toronto, the Research and Design Center at Beaver Country Day School, and a private residence in Boston. He has recently worked on the Melbourne School of Design, the Model Home Gallery in Seoul, as well as many residential projects while at NADAAA. At previous firms he worked on varied commercial and institutional projects including: the Millennium Pharmaceutical Building; the Alkermes Building in Cambridge, MA; The Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA; 125 Mount Auburn Place in Cambridge, MA; and One Marina Park, Fan Pier, Boston, MA.
LUISEL ZAYAS serves as an architectural designer and maker at the NadLab. Luisel received an Environmental Design degree for the School of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico in 2012. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Architecture, receiving The Bill Mitchell Fund ++ Award and the Arthur Rotch Prize. Luisel also worked as a FabLab and Woodshop manager at MIT from 2012-2015. In 2014, he co-directed Code.Form_Space a digital fabrication and computational design workshop at the University of Puerto Rico, which concluded with the construction of an urban pavilion at the Santurce es Ley Art Festival. Luisel was appointed the QuarraMatter Research Fellowship in 2015, where he investigated robotic manufacturing processes on stone.