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Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani is a Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT SA+P. He is also Principal and Founder of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry.

Previously Tehrani was a Principal and Founder of Office dA (1986-2011), where he designed award-winning projects such as Tongxian Art Gatehouse in Beijing, Fleet Library at RISD, the LEED-certified Helios House in Los Angeles, the Multi-faith Spiritual Center at Northeastern University, Banq restaurant and the LEED-Gold certified Macallen Building in Boston. Examining spaces of pedagogy, Tehrani recently completed the renovation of the Hinman Building at Georgia Institute of Technology, and is currently redesigning schools of architecture at the University of Melbourne and the University of Toronto.

Tehrani’s research and installations have been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. He has authored several articles including ‘Aggregation’ and ‘Difficult Synthesis’ in Material Design: Informing Architecture through Materiality by Thomas Schropfer and ‘Versioning: Connubial Reciprocities of Surface and Space’ in Architectural Design. And his work has been internationally reviewed and published– in periodicals such as Architect, Architectural Record, Icon, Wallpaper, Monitor, The Plan, Abitare, Mark, Frame, I.D., Contract, Archiworld, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, among others.


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Antón García-Abril

Antón García-Abril, (Madrid, 1969) is a European PhD Architect, full-professor at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), and he is currently developing a second doctoral thesis about “Stressed Mass” at the School of Civil Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. He received the Spanish Academy Research Prize in Rome in 1996. He has been associate professor at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (E.T.S.A.M.-U.P.M.) for a decade, invited professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University in 2010 and Cornell University in 2008, and visiting critic and lecturer in different universities and institutions in America and Europe, being the most recent ones the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Kunstakademie of Düsseldorf, AA London, Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Bienne Forum de l’Architecture, University of Texas at San Antonio, Bauhaus University Weimar, the ETH Zürich, Princeton University, Harbin Institute of Technology China, ZA 2010 Congress, Johannesburgo, Sudafric, Accademia d’Architettura of Mendrisio, or the College of Architects of Ecuador in Quito.

In 2000 he establishes ENSAMBLE STUDIO leading, together with his partner Débora Mesa, a cross-functional team with a solid research background on the lookout for new approaches to architectonical space, building technologies and urban strategies. Their built projects are exposed structures that explore the essence of materials to create space. The Music Studies Center and the SGAE Central Office in Santiago de Compostela, the Martemar House in Malaga, the Hemeroscopium House in Madrid, The Truffle in Costa da Morte (Spain) and more recently the Reader’s House in Madrid and the Cervantes Theater in Mexico City have been internationally published. Their office has been awarded with important prizes like The Rice Design Alliance Prize to emerging architects in 2009 or the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Prize in 2005, and was selected by SANAA to participate in the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2010. This year Antón has been elected an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his services to international architecture, and has been curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale presenting “Spainlab”.

Beside his professional career, he keeps a strong involvement with the academic community through teaching and research. He co-founded with Débora Mesa the Positive City Foundation in 2009, with the aim of forwarding their views on urban development, and they are in the process of setting up a research laboratory at MIT, the POPLab (Prototypes of Prefabrication Laboratory).


Herbert Enns

Herbert Enns is the Director of the Cisco Innovation Centre or Collaborative Technologies at the University of Winnipeg and a Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.  Professor Enns is the Founding Director, Experimental Media Research Group (EMRG) at the University of Manitoba. He is Co-Chair (with Tomi Knuttila, University of Lapland) of the Arctic Digital Media Collaborative, a Thematic Network of the University of the Arctic. He has served as a member of the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) National Digital Media Technology Roadmap Expert Advisory Committee.

In 2011 Prof. Enns created exhibitions at the University of Texas at Austin; the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland; and for CLUSTER, Winnipeg’s New Music and Integrated Arts Festival. These installations included experiments in spatial audio, an increasingly important component of convincing and perceptually rich networked environments.  Prof. Enns organized the Future Media session for the B.Tween 09 Interactive Digital Media Forum at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), in Liverpool, UK, 2009, co-presenting with Sheldon Brown, Director, Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, UCSD.

In 2007, Prof. Enns represented Canada at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. His multi media installation, Strange Places / Alien Spaces, documented Canada’s urban rivers.  He is Chair of the Editorial Board of MOSAIC: A Journal For The Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, published at the University of Manitoba.  He is well known for his collaboration with Dr. Serena Keshavjee on the book Winnipeg Modernist Architecture: 1945 – 1975, and is a Contributing Editor to Canadian Architect. Recent architectural projects explore pre-fabrication techniques and sustainable architecture, including design commissions for the Q’uapelle Valley, Saskatchewan; Crow’s Nest Pass, Alberta; Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Lake-of-the-Woods, Ontario.


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Douglas Cardinal

Douglas Cardinal’s life is dedicated to creating beautiful, thriving harmonious built environments. As an architect he builds buildings, as a planner and activist he builds communities, and as a leader and philosopher he builds bridges between dispersed cultures all over the world. Douglas Cardinal personifies the timelessness of a master builder.

Born in 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, his mother augured early in his childhood that he would become an architect. His architectural studies at The University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he worked at Jesson Milhouse Greeven with Fred Day and acquired scholarships to study at the renowned School of Architecture at the University of Texas. There he found an intellectually stimulating and socially invigorating environment where in addition to his education in architecture, he benefitted from actively involving himself in the many human rights initiatives ignited in the United States in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. This commitment to bettering human conditions continues to be one of the major principles of his architecture, from the smallest detail to the overall design or master plan. He continues his holistic multidisciplinary practice in Ottawa, Ontario where he currently resides.

Douglas is a forerunner of all philosophies of sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning. His architecture springs from his observations of Nature and his understanding that everything works seamlessly together. For him this principle is exemplified by the organic signature works of Borromini, Gaudi, Rudolph Steiner and Frank Lloyd Wright – all of whom have also substantiated such aliveness through beauty and grace in their architecture. Indeed, Douglas believes that the practical needs humans have for architecture must also include beauty if we are to achieve true sustainability and harmonious communities.

In recognition of such a wonderful principle, Douglas Cardinal has received many acknowledgments and awards including: fourteen Honourary Doctorates from several universities in Canada and the United States, the appointment as Officer of the Order of Canada – the greatest honour Canada as a nation bestows to its citizens, the Gold Medals in Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute in Canada and the Union of Architects of Russia, honourary fellowships to the Society of American Registered Architects and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the declaration of being “World Master of Contemporary Architecture” as a Professor and Academician by the International Association of Architects.

Douglas Cardinal is one of the visionaries of a new world where beauty, balance and harmony thrive, and where client, architect, and stakeholder build together in a common vision. His Curriculum Vitae and all the awards achieved throughout his brilliant career are simply a testimony of what the partnership of architect and client can achieve together.


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Ray Cole

Dr Ray Cole is Professor and former Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he has been teaching environmental issues in building design for more than 35 years. His current research interests relate to regenerative design, building environmental performance assessment, and human and automated intelligence.

Ray was selected as a North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor for “sustained commitment to building environmental research and teaching” in 2001. In 2003 he received the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award. Ray was the recipient of the 2008 Sustainable Buildings Canada Life-Time Achievement Award and the 2009 Canada Green Building Council’s Life-Time Leadership Award. He is a past Director member of the Canadian Green Building Council, an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of BC, Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and holds the UBC designation of Distinguished University Scholar.


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Terrance Galvin

Dr. Terrance Galvin is the Founding Director of the Laurentian University School of Architecture (LAL) established in 2012.  He was previously Director of the School of Architecture and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he taught architectural history, theory and design and received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Student Union (DSU). He also held the roles of Adjunct Professor and Research Associate at McGill University in Montreal. Bilingual, he is Past President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) and has served on numerous provincial and national boards governing architectural education and practice in Canada.

He studied architecture at the University of Toronto and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS, M.Arch 1987); and holds a post-professional M.Arch. (McGill, 1990) and a doctorate in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (PENN, 2003). His scholarly work and applied research have led to collaborations with communities in Peru, India, Thailand and Mexico, and his writings have been published in Canada, the USA and Germany.


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Katerina Rüedi Ray

Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray, an accomplished architect, speaker of five languages and former administrator of a prominent school of architecture, is director of Bowling Green State University’s School of Art.

Prior to joining BGSU, Ray served as director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her academic career has included teaching in Chicago and London, plus as a visiting professor in the Czech Republic and in Canada and as a graduate reviewer in several schools in the United States and abroad.

Born in the Czech Republic, Ray attended school in England, where she received a professional master’s degree with honors from the Architectural Association and a Ph.D. in architecture in 1998 from the University of London. She earned her Master of Science degree in the history of modern architecture in 1991, and was registered as a chartered architect in 1992. Ray’s Bachelor of Science degree in architecture is from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

She served as co-director and then director of the Diploma (Graduate) School at Kingston University in London from 1989-96 while working as an architect in London, and has taught at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School in the UK. Ray has won several international design awards, and has participated in numerous art and architecture competitions in the United States and Europe. She has also curated 11 exhibitions and given more than 50 invited lectures on art and architecture.

Ray has served on several editorial boards of architecture and criticism journals and has co-authored five books, nine book chapters, thirteen refereed articles and eight exhibition catalogs. Two more books are forthcoming in 2010.


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Clive Knights

Clive R. Knights is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture. He practices architecture and art, in particular mixed media and monotype printmaking. He holds professional architectural design undergraduate and graduate degrees from Portsmouth Polytechnic, UK, and a Master of Philosophy in Architectural History and Theory from Cambridge University (Thesis: “The Place of Mimesis in Architectural Representation,” Supervisor: Dalibor Vesely, 1988).

Clive has taught architecture for the past 25 years and was a full-time lecturer at Sheffield University for six years before moving to PSU in 1995 to collaborate in the initiation of the Department and its degree programs. His primary areas of interest include the cultural meanings of architectural representation understood through the phenomenology of the human body, with particular reference to the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty; the revelatory capacity of metaphor in poetic work; and speculations in architecural design studio pedagogy.

He has exhibited design work internationally, including three projects at the 1985 Venice Biennale as a founding partner of Ferenczi Design; and the prize-winning finalist project for the Grand Buildings Competition at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 1986. He has shown mixed media work in many public settings, such as the Northwest Biennial a the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington, in 2004. He has designed and built several works including the Christiane Millinger Oriental Rug Gallery in Portland, Oregon (with Michael Gibson, 2000), and Riverhouse, a private dwelling on the Columbia River in Cathlamet, Washington (with Louise Foster, 2002). His current, ongoing project is an interpretive study of the ‘given’ (Serres) predicament of being human incorporating a series of monotypes, mixed media drawings, maquettes and full-scale thematic structures directly engaging the body.


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Leslie Van Duzer

Leslie Van Duzer began her five-year appointment as the Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in July 2010.

After completing her graduate studies in architecture at the University of California Berkeley and briefly practicing in San Francisco and Vienna, Leslie began her academic career at the University of MIchigan. She subsequently taught at numerous schools in the United States, Canada, and Europe including the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, Arizona State University, University of California Berkeley, Dalhousie University, the Technical Universities in Vienna, Prague, and Helsinki, and the Arkitekskolen in Aarhus.

She is co-author of four books: Adolf Loos: Works in the Czech Lands, Mies van der Rohe: Krefeld Villas, Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision, and Villa Müller: A Work of Adolf Loos. The two building monographs were awarded the architects’ journal “Top Ten Books of the Year” award in London. She has published in international journals and lectured throughout Europe and North America. Her forthcoming book, The Art of Deception, explores the productivity of ambiguity and misperception.