NADAAA is a Boston and New York based architecture and urban design firm led by principal designer Nader Tehrani, in collaboration with partners Katherine Faulkner and Daniel Gallagher. 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. NADAAA’s staff of twenty designers brings expertise from academia, graphic design, construction, and business. 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 AIA awards, and 17 Progressive Architecture awards. Our 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. In 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 NADAAA has been ranked among the Top 3 Design Firms in the U.S. in Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Firms List.
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. As the founding principal of Office dA, Tehrani’s work received many prestigious awards, among which included the Cooper-Hewitt national design award in architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and Seventeen 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. Recent projects include the Raemian (Samsung) Model Home Gallery, Melbourne School of Design, and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.
DANIEL GALLAGHER, AIA, PRINCIPAL Practicing architecture for over twenty years, Dan has a deep understanding of the management, design, development, and construction administration required for projects whose ambition is innovative design, rich materiality and technical excellence. As Principal of NADAAA, Dan has led a range of institutional, retail, interior, public art and hospitality projects around the globe. Clients under his care include the New York Historical Society, Cornell University, the City of Austin, Texas, Brown University, Chamber Music America, and the Aesop skincare brand. His dedication to the execution of innovative design and the creation of signature architectural experiences has been acknowledged with numerous awards and honors.
TOM BERESFORD, LEED AP, has served as a versatile contributor to projects at every scale with a focus on management of academic and housing projects. He has most recently served as NADAAA’s Project Manager for the renovation and expansion of the landmark Knox College at 1 Spadina Crescent in Toronto, ON, future home of the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Throughout the project, Beresford has worked closely with the stakeholders to resolve significant schedule challenges arising from phased occupancy and municipal approvals, while working to deliver a cutting-edge low-net-energy building on a tight budget. Previously, Beresford served as NADAAA’s project manager and BIM administrator for the renovation and adaptive use of the Hinman Research Building at Georgia Tech. Throughout this project, Beresford applied considerable knowledge of building systems, detailing and sustainable strategies through a collaborative BIM project delivery that enabled coordination in a complex existing context. During construction, Beresford engaged a direct-to-fabrication workflow with several subcontractors, saving the owner time and money. He is currently Project Architect on the 400,000 sf MIT Site 4 development project in Cambridge, MA.
ARTHUR CHANG, AIA In Arthur Chang’s 13 years of professional practice he has acted as Designer and Project Manager of a variety of institutional, commercial, public and residential projects. At office dA he acted as Project Manager and Designer for Helios House sustainable gas station in Los Angeles and the 50,000 sq ft Rhode Island School of Design Library. During the design and construction administration phase of the RISD Library project Mr. Chang worked closely with the library director, design review committee, and various campus entities. The same project also served as extension of his studies and research at the UPENN with digital fabrication and design. The Project was designed to utilized computer numerically controlled machines (routers, saws, laser, and plasma cutters), to close the gap between design intent and the final fabricated and installed object. The Helios House Project expands the research to the use of Catia parametric modeling which aims to integrate all trades and design into one digital model. At NADAAA, Mr. Chang is currently working on the $98 million University of Melbourne project as Project Architect in collaboration with design partners John Wardle Architects. The project initial began as an international competition and now is currently under construction.
ALEX DIAZ is a designer and job captain at NADAAA. He is currently working on a study to decentralize Rikers Island for the Van Allen Institute. He has recently completed drawing phases for The Beacon residential tower in Cleveland [construction completion set for Fall 2018], 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.
ERGYS HOXHA is a designer at NADAAA and also heads up the NADLAB. He is currently working on a study to de-centralize Rikers Jail for the Van Allen Institute, as well as a renovation project for the New York Historical Society’s Teen Room, and a residential renovation in Boston. At NADAAA he has also worked on The Beacon residential tower and a private residence in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
ALANA FOLSOM is NADAAA’s office manager and Nader Tehrani’s executive assistant. Before recently joining NADAAA, she worked as a project administrator at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Hospital. She holds an MFA from Oregon State University and writes in her spare time.
JALISA JOYNER Jalisa Joyner joined NADAAA in 2016 after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. During her undergraduate studies Jalisa was selected to represent her studio for the Degree Project Award Jury, and was recognized with Distinguished Honors for her thesis project. Jalisa previously worked as an intern with Gia Wolff and at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. At NADAAA, she is primarily involved in the firm’s marketing efforts.
LISA LACHARITÉ In Lisa’s eight years of professional experience, she has acted as designer and project manager in a range of residential, institutional, installation, and graphic design projects. She is currently working on a study for the Rhode Island School of Design’s Freshman Quad. She was recently a designer and a project manager for Dortoir Familial, an award winning 6,000 square foot private residence in Ramatuelle, France. During the design and construction documentation phases of the project, she worked closely with the clients and consultants and has helped lead the design in all scopes of the project including landscape, mechanical and structural systems, and interior design. She also managed the FF&E for the Rock Creek House in Washington D.C. and assited in its construction administration.
RICHARD LEE Richard Lee’s professional work has included the Design and Project Management of varied institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Currently he is coordinating the design for the new Architecture School at the University of Toronto. While at NADAAA and Office dA, he has worked on the programming and design for a Model Home Gallery in Korea, a U.S Land Port of Entry, a corporate Dining/Servery facility in NYC along with an affiliated hotel/restaurant nearby, an Office Tower for a fashion design company in Korea (a P/A Award winner) and various commercial restaurant projects like Mantra, Bin 26, and Banq restaurant. Early on at Office dA he worked as Project Manager for the Northeastern University Multi-faith Chapel (winner of the Harleston Parker Medal 2002) and designed and coordinated custom furniture for Harvard and various clients. He has also worked on various residential projects in the Boston area and an urban design proposal in Wayland, MA.
HARRY LOWD 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.
GRETCHEN NEELEY has over 25 years of experience primarily working on diverse educational projects ranging from construction of a new dormitory and dining hall at Rice University to the renovation of Jose Luis Sert’s Law school at Boston University. She has been a senior project manager at all phases of the design process though most recently has been focusing on successfully bringing projects with high design aspirations through construction. She is currently overseeing the construction of the Beaver Country Day School Research + Design Center which is scheduled for completion in August 2017. Gretchen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
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.
NICK SAFLEY has been a designer at NADAAA since 2014, working on various fabrication projects and international design competitions. His experience at NADAAA, and in previous professional work, has allowed him leadership on public and institutional projects that have benefited from his facility with digital modeling and fabrication techniques. Nick earned a BArch from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from The University of Michigan, where he received the Henry Adams Medal. He has contributed to the MIT Site 4 Mixed-Use project, Tanderrum Bridge in Melbourne, Australia, the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan, planning and development packages for Boston’s Seaport District, the Enterlac installation in Amman Jordan, and is currently working on the Telluride Transfer Warehouse competition.
AMIN TADJ Since joining NADAAA in 2013 Amin has worked as senior 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 is set to break ground in Spring 2017 and a programming study for the Adams Street Branch Library in Dorchester. Amin received his Masters degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, at the University of Tehran. He is the co-founder of VAVStudio in Iran through which he has designed and executed several institutional, commercial and residential projects during the last 14 years. VAVStudio’s projects have earned several national and international awards and recognition and have been displayed in several exhibitions including Venice Biennale 2016.
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.
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 At NADAAA, Luisel 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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 to 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.