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The Tectonic Grain: a lecture by Nader Tehrani

October 3, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

The 5th Omrania | CSBE Student Award Public Lecture

The Tectonic Grain; a lecture by Nader Tehrani, Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of Cooper Union in New York City, former Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Principal of the architectural practice NADAAA in Boston. He is also a jury member of the 2015 eighth cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design.

About the lecture:
“The work of Architecture is almost always the result of a negotiation between the actuality of material realities and the ancillary contingencies that are part of a more complex assembly which often cannot corroborate the clarity of a material message. The play of tectonics is, thus, often the result of giving bias to a conceptual grain, sometimes an idea, other times a structural or surficial phenomenon. The reconciliation of the real and perceptual plays of these phenomena form a key part of architectural work; this talk will explore the complex layering of architectural narratives that make up the tectonic grain of various buildings.”

This lecture is an event of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design, and is organized by Omrania & Associates and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in association with Studio-X Amman, run by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

About Nader Tehrani:
Nader Tehrani’s numerous projects include the design of three schools of architecture. He has completed the Hinman Research Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and is currently working on completion of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

Tehrani’s work has been recognized with notable awards including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the United States Artists Fellowship in Architecture and Design, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture. He has also received the Harleston Parker Award for the Northeastern University Multi-faith Spiritual Center and the Hobson Award for the Georgia Institute of Technology Hinman Research Building. Throughout his career, Tehrani has received sixteen Progressive Architecture Awards as well as numerous American Institute of Architects, Boston Society of Architects, and Interior Design awards. In 2013 and 2014, NADAAA was ranked no. 1 in design by Architect Magazine’s Top 50 Firms in the United States.

Visit the Award website (www.omraniacsbeaward.org) to view his full biography.

Additional information on Nader Tehrani is available at http://www.nadaaa.com.

Support for the participation of Nader Tehrani in the jury of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award has been kindly provided by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

For further information, please contact us at as follows:
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October 3, 2015
6:30 pm
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The Omrania|CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design
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