NADAAA is an architecture and urban design firm led by principal designer Nader Tehrani, winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letter’s 2020 Arnold W. Brunner Prize, member of the Cooper Hewitt, and a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tehrani leads the studio with partner Arthur Chang, AIA who also leads the office’s fabrication workshop NADLAB.

Based in Boston, NADAAA has evolved over three decades as a multi-disciplinary practice dedicated to bridging design disciplines; from landscape to urbanism, architecture to interiors, and industrial design to furniture. With an eye towards integrated thinking, we enter the discourse on technology, aesthetics, and building protocols as part of a holistic process. Rather than focus on typology, NADAAA’s portfolio is built on process, with examples of institutional, academic, housing, commercial, retail, and civic projects.

Design excellence is core to our pursuits, and the firm boasts nineteen Progressive Architecture Awards, four American Architecture Awards, four Chicago Athenaeum Awards, and an AIA Cote Top Ten Award. NADAAA is a 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize Finalist and a 2017 Marcus Prize for Architecture nominee. NADAAA consistently places among the top design firms in Architect Magazine’s annual ranking of US design firms and has been selected as top firm three years in a row.

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NADER TEHRANI, PRINCIPAL For his contributions to architecture as an art, Nader Tehrani is the recipient of The American Academy of Arts and Letters’ 2020 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize. Tehrani has also been named the 2022 National Design Awards Design Visionary by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; honored for his innovation and impact on the field of architecture. 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 an unprecedented eighteen Progressive Architecture Awards. The works of Nader Tehrani have been widely exhibited at MOMA, LA MOCA, and ICA Boston. His work is also part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Tehrani is the former Dean of The Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture where he served from 2015-2022 and former Head of the Department of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning where he served from 2010-2014. Tehrani has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design, and The University of Toronto where he served as the Frank O. Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architecture. He also served as the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

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ARTHUR CHANG, AIA, PRINCIPAL  In Arthur Chang’s twenty years of professional practice he has led institutional, commercial, public, and residential projects. Currently, Arthur is leading the ANEC Galleries project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Otis House Museum project, and the Hispanic Research Center project for the Houston Public Library. Arthur recently served as Principal in Charge of the Adams Street Branch Library in Dorchester, Boston. Arthur also served as Project Manager for the award-winning projects Melbourne School of Design, Beaver Research + Design Center, and the Rhode Island School of Design’s North Hall.

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RICHARD LEE, ASSOCIATE  Richard Lee’s professional work has included the Design and Project Management of institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Currently, he is serving as Project Manager on the renovation and expansion of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture building. Recently he managed the renovations to multiple Rhode Island School of Design residence halls and 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, and several commercial restaurant projects. He also served as Project Manager for the Northeastern University Multi-faith Chapel (winner of the Harleston Parker Medal 2002).   

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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 the ANEC Galleries renovation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and recently served as Project Manager on a large mixed-use development project for MIT in Cambridge, MA. Previous projects at NADAAA include: Villa Varoise, Rock Creek House, Raemian Model Home Gallery, and the Macallen Building in South Boston.   

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KIMBERLY BROWN, Office Manager and Executive Assistant.



YUMENG LIU, Designer.

MATTHEW MAYBERRY, Senior Designer.

NICOLE SAKR, LEED AP, Director of research, communications, and exhibitions.

CHRISTINA SPANGLER, Manager of Finance & Administration.

ADRIAN WONG, Designer.

HAN ZHAO, Designer.

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