NADAAA has evolved over three decades as a multi-disciplinary practice dedicated to bridging between design disciplines; from landscape to urbanism, architecture to interiors, and industrial design to furniture. the work of NADAAA demonstrates a commitment to new forms of knowledge through making. With an eye towards integrated thinking, we enter the discourse on technology, aesthetics, and building protocols as part of a holistic process. We have been able to build on a range of exemplary projects in collaboration with extraordinary clients, many of whom have the objective to maintain a standard of excellence that requires cross-disciplinary collaboration and flexibility for future modification.
NADER TEHRANI, PRINCIPAL For his contributions to architecture as an art, Nader Tehrani has been selected as the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ 2020 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize. 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. 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 recently served as the William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and the inaugural Paul Helmle Fellow at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
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 led the design of the Melbourne School of Design, a $98M project and winner of over a dozen international awards. Arthur is currently leading the design of a new subway head-house for the MBTA in Boston’s Seaport District. He is also leading construction administration for several residence hall projects for the Rhode Island School of Design.
GRETCHEN NEELEY, AIA, PRINCIPAL 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 LLuís 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 recently oversaw the construction of the Beaver Country Day School Research + Design and the Master Plan for the Rhode Island School of Design Freshman Quad. 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.
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 residence halls 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, 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 two award-winning private residential projects. Previous projects at NADAAA include: the Samsung Model Home Gallery in Seoul, Korea; a 290,000 SF ‘Green’ University Arts and Retail District Housing complex in Cleveland, OH; and 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 recently served as the Project Manager of a large mixed-use tower in Cleveland. He is currently leading efforts for the Fordham Landing project and is the Senior Project Designer on the Adams Street Branch Library project in Dorchester which recently began construction.
CHRIS BATTAGLIA, Designer.
ELIAS BENNETT, Designer.
CHRISTIAN BORGER, Designer and NADLAB Co-director.
PHOEBE COX, Designer.
BOBBIE HALLIDAY, Executive Assistant and Office Manager.
KASEN HYUNSUNG LEE, Designer.
SIMON LESINA-DEBIASI, Designer.
FAN LU, Designer.
CHRISTINA SPANGLER, accounting and HR.
ALEX VILCU, Designer.
ADRIAN WONG, Designer.