Nader Tehrani BArch 86, principal of the Boston-based firm NADAAA, recently earned an American Institute of Architects Progressive Architecture Citation for a 170,000-sf building created for the University of Melbourne in conjunction with the Australian firm John Wardle Architects. The AIA acknowledged the project for its “holistic approach to design with an eye toward practical realization.”
Designed to house the university’s architecture, building and planning program, the structure is built around a multipurpose studio hall rising four stories to a coffered canopy that provides natural light and ventilation. A sculptural cluster of studios for visiting critics is suspended in the space. Once the building is completed in 2015, students won’t have assigned workspaces, but can instead choose to work in the central hall or along the metal-mesh-enclosed balconies that surround it.