School of Architecture, CUHK

Nader Tehrani: The Tectonic Grain

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18:00 - 19:30


Exhibition Zone F, 1/F, AIT Building, CUHK

Rock Creek House | Photo by John Horner

Lecture by Nader Tehrani

The work of Architecture is almost always the result of a negotiation between the 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 a 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 forms a key part of architectural work. This lecture explores the complex layering of architectural narratives that make up the tectonic grain of various buildings.


Photo by Leo Sore and The Cooper Union

Prof. Nader Tehrani is Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York, as well as Principal of NADAAA, one of the top three design firms in the US ranked by Architect magazine. His work has been recognised with notable prizes, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award (2007), United States Artists Fellowship (2007) and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (2002). Tehrani was previously Head of Department of Architecture at MIT, and is currently the William A. Bernoudy Architect-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Photo by Leo Sore and The Cooper Union

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