The architecture of installations lecture poster


Nader Tehrani is a Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and also Principal of NADAAA, a Boston-based architecture and urban design firm. Notably, NADAAA is the recent winner of Architecture Magazine’s No. 1 architecture firm for design in the United States. Tehrani received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree in 1991 from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Nader Tehrani’s lecture The Architecture of Installations discusses the intervention of material, spatial and formal experiments as details and then radicalize larger architectural projects. Through his extensive research of materials, Tehrani delves into the function of installations as fruitful arenas of examination, play and experimentation.





The suggested reading list includes various reading and media recommendations provided by the lecturer. This list of materials can include projects authored by the lecturer or others, and provides further insight into the guest’s sources of inspiration and additional context surrounding the artist/scholar/designer’s work and practice. This list is shared with RMCAD students and faculty and is archived on the website for academic integration and research opportunities. The physical materials are archived in the RMCAD campus library and the VASD Program archive.

Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy by John Arquilla and David F. Ronfeldt
Book – 2001

“Versioning: Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture” by Nader Tehrani and Monica Ponce de Leon
Article – 2013

“The Tell-The-Tale Detail” by Marco Frascari
Article – 2012

Intricacy by Greg Lynn
Book – 2003

“From Clubs to Affinity: the Decentralization of Art on the Internet” by Brad Troemel
Article – 2011

“Aggregations” by Nader Tehrani and Justin Fowler.
Article – 2010

“Design Synthesis” by Nader Tehrani
Article – 2010

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