The Pedagogical Ethic: Beyond the Practical Imperative

From Architectural Record’s 2019 Innovation Conference
Presented by Nader Tehrani, Dean The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the ways technology is affecting the architectural practice at an educational level.
  2. Provide examples of student coursework that have the potential to shape the future of architecture.


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Tehrani will discuss how the license to explore ideas through technology—without the immediate demand for professional results—remains an important part of the pedagogical ethic. In turn, the very academic freedom that is part of the educational experience allows for the type of latitude that can have far-reaching critical results, opening up new arenas for practice.

Nader Tehrani, dean of architecture at Cooper Union in New York, is also a principal of NADAAA, a Boston-based practice known for design innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration. Tehrani has taught at MIT, the Havard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Toronto. He lectures widely, and his work has been exhibited at MoMA, LA MOCA, and the ICA Boston, as well as residing in a number of museum collections. Among many honors, he has won the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture (2007), the United States Artists Fellowship in Architecture and Design (2007), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture (2002). Tehrani received a B.F.A. and a B.Arch from RISD and studied History and Theory at the Architectural Association in London. He holds an M.A.U.D from Harvard’s GSD.


Originally published in December 2019