2022 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Jury Announced

Posted on September 23rd, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Academic, Uncategorized

The members of the Master Jury for the 2020-2022 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today. The Jury, which independently selects the recipients of the US $1 million Award, will convene in January 2022 to select a shortlist from hundreds of nominated projects.

More on the program and jury members HERE.

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Vote for NADAAA!

Posted on September 13th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Awards

Vote for NADAAA in Dezeen’s 2021 awards!

1. Go to Dezeen’s public voting page HERE.

2. Scroll down to ‘Studio’ and click on ‘Architecture Studio of the Year’.

3. Give us your vote!

4. Scroll to the bottom, enter your email address, and submit your vote.

Your vote is appreciated!

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PLAT in conversation with Nader Tehrani

Posted on September 10th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Press

“Looking back, many came into pedagogy with the need for and presumption of certainty. Now there is the confidence to embrace uncertainty—not only as a reflection of our changing times but as a pedagogical imperative to allow us to speculate, improvise, and rethink questions entirely.”

Jimmy Bullis and Pouya Khadem interview Nader for Rice Architecture’s PLAT 9.5 on equality, social justice, curriculum reform, personal manifestos, confluence in design, and the innate opportunities of translating drawings into buildings.

“One of my main questions to the academic community revolves around what the architectural discipline specifically brings to the table and how might it form our agency in a larger public conversation, whether in the halls of power, governance, or policy? How do we bring our particular mode of analysis to shed light on the policies and decisions that are made for society? There is probably not a square inch in the United States that is not the result of a spatial policy that is architectural in some way or another.”

Read on HERE.

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Nader lecturing for the Clemson Architecture Center

Posted on September 10th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Lectures

Free Admission. Register HERE for the online event.

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HOLCIM Interviews Nader Tehrani

Posted on September 7th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Venice Biennale, Press

Nader was interviewed outside the Arsenale at the Veneta Porta Lignea for Holcim‘s Building Conversations series where he discusses NADAAA’s explorations of urban planning, housing, and hybrid material systems for the 2021 Venice Biennale.

Find more of Holcim’s interviews of ‘architects inspiring us’ HERE.

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Drawing Codes opening at the CCA

Posted on September 1st, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events, Installations + Exhibitions

CCA’s Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco is hosting Drawing Codes with the inclusion of ‘The Synthetic Code’ by NADAAA’s Nader Tehrani and Matthew Waxman. Drawing Codes explores “emerging technologies of design and production that have opened up new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing”. While the exhibit is only open to CCA students, staff, and faculty with proof of vaccination, on September 29th at 5pm the CCA is hosting a free public virtual closing lecture. Learn more HERE.

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Veneta Porta Lignea

Posted on August 19th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _Venice Biennale, Installations + Exhibitions

The Venice Biennale Architettura 2021: How will we live together?

The Giardino delle Vergini occupies a critical location in Venice, at once a destination at the end of the Arsenale, but also its gateway as one arrives by boat.

Historically, this vaporetto stop has been seen as a back door, but with the Arsenale serving as an important open space during the COVID pandemic, more outdoor installations have been conceived as part of this year’s exhibitions, warranting a gateway that acknowledges this new front door. With assembly and disassembly strategically conceived, our aim was to develop proposals that could be erected in less than two days without having a substantial impact on the context, its fondamenta, and gardens. The final gate proposal has also been an opportunity to recall the symbol of Venice, the winged lion of St. Mark who holds the welcoming words in an open book to the waters: Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus.

With an eye towards optimization, we looked to adopt a panel of cross-laminated timber (CLT) as a single member into which we could carve and stencil – without waste of material or labor.

Our first approach adopted a mass-customized strategy to optimize a cantilevered structure, giving depth to the core span, while milling out material at the cantilevered edges, drawing out the herringbone pattern of the CLT to the surface (above animation and below left). Ironically, this approach also increased the use of material and labor.

Our second approach aimed to address the predicament of labor and materials with the idea of building the entire installation out of one CLT slab (shown below right). This effectively relegates the exposure of the CLT end-grain to the edges of the slab, where the silhouette of the CLT plank is excavated with divots to allow nested joints for compressive and tensile members.

Articulating a base, a shaft, and a lintel whose function is to frame the threshold into the Giardino. The base serves as a wood foundation, liberating it from any penetration into the Venetian soil. The “piloti” is triangulated, a figural “V”, and an allusive registration of the open book containing Venice’s welcoming words – all while framing a view of the fortification tower beyond the lagoon.

The lintel is displaced asymmetrically, cantilevering over the passage of arrival, pushing the structural capacity of this installation to its limits; a stone of Venice maintains its balance on the opposing end. Set on the stones of the fondamenta, this wood construction is a reminder of the very wood piles that hold up this maritime city.

We also wished to develop a structure that would help to bring people together, frame the space at the Giardino, serve as an edge for the garden, frame the serene view north towards the lagoon, and provide a foreground for other installations of the Biennale.

The 17th Venice Architecture Biennale “How Will We Live Together?” is curated by Hashim Sarkis.

Project Team: Principals: Nader Tehrani, Arthur Chang, Alexandru Vilcu, Eric Cheung

In collaboration with:
Canducci Group, Structural Engineer Consultant
Andrea Canducci, Alessandro Canducci, Alessandra Feduzi, Giulia Leopardi, Antonio Eroi

Means Method Mission
Canducci Group
Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown
Payanini SRL

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NADAAA longlisted for Dezeen awards 2021

Posted on August 17th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Awards

NADAAA is longlisted for Dezeen’s Architecture Studio of the Year. Shortlists will be revealed from September 6th to 10th, which will be followed by the Dezeen Awards 2021 public vote. Winners will be announced in November.

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Posted on August 13th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Things We Like

NADAAA is currently seeking a full-time Architect (Designer) to join its architectural team in the design of progressive projects ranging from gallery installations to large institutional buildings.

Applicants must have the following qualifications to be considered for the position:

  • Bachelor of Architecture degree or a Master of Architecture degree
  • At least 5-9 years of professional experience
  • Experience with BIM construction documents and high-level presentation production
  • Computer expertise in BIM management, AutoCAD, and Rhino3d

Other position qualifications include:

  • Strong design and graphics skills
  • Expertise in leading a BIM-based construction document set
  • Knowledge of space programming, contract documents (including detailing, specifications, production management, design production), and contract administration
  • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills with various levels of individuals including clients, consultants, and architects
  • Experience as team leader and project manager
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks, collaborate on large teams and work well under deadlines

Start date: ASAP

Contact Information: 

Please submit qualified resumes and portfolios in PDF format under 20 MB to nada@nadaaa.com. Please mention your years of experience in the email’s subject line. Please no phone calls or hard copy portfolios.

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In The Space Between

Posted on August 10th, 2021 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: Events, Installations + Exhibitions, NADLAB

NADAAA recently had the privilege of collaborating with VLA Dance and their Director & Choreographer Victoria Awkward on the set design for their latest work ‘In The Space Between’. Through contemporary dance, the work “challenges audience members to explore uncomfortable spaces between”. Using our workshop NADLAB we were able to both fabricate and install the set pieces ourselves for the dance company at Boston Center for the Arts.

Dancers moved with, on, and around the sheet loops in a spirit of courageous multiplicity: pulling and stretching them, entwining their limbs and other body parts. At points, they had the sheets stand as barriers between them and other performers as all moved, being a literal space in between.

– Kathryn Boland, Dance Informa

Photos Courtesy of VLA DANCE

Lighting by Elmer Martinez

Photos by Melissa Blackall 

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