Nader Tehrani leads architectural symposia at the University of Saskatchewan this Thursday

Nader Tehrani, pre-eminent international architect and Head of MIT’s Department of Architecture, delivers a public lecture at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

In addition to his academic position, Tehrani is also a founding partner of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to design innovation, research, the cultivation of new means and methods of fabrication, and the transformation of the building industry. As the architect of three new architecture school facilities in Toronto, Atlanta,and Melbourne, he brings invaluable insight into the opportunity of a new school of architecture proposed for the University of Saskatchewan.

The lecture takes place at 7:30pm at the Broadway Theatre, located at 715 Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon.

This is the first lecture in a three-part symposium taking place at the University of Saskatchewan to explore the academic merit of a new school of architecture at the University of Saskatchewan and the interdisciplinary research and teaching opportunities on campus.

The three symposia have been conceived to explore architectural education through distinct lenses, and each of the three sessions is proposed to be a day-long event on campus with a public lecture held the evening prior at an off-campus location.

The first – entitled Material and Technical Innovation – takes place on February 28th and March 1st, with Tehrani kicking things off with his Thursday night lecture entitled Building Pedagogies.  On the following day on the University of Saskatchewan campus, the symposium features Tehrani, Antón García-Abril – also a Professor of Architecture at MIT and Principal of Madrid-based Ensamble Studio, and Herbert Enns, Director of the Experimental Media Research Group and Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.

Part 2 – Environment, Culture and Community Engagement – happens the following week on March 7th and 8th, and features Ottawa-based architect Douglas Cardinal; Ray Cole, sustainability expert and Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; and Terrance Galvin, Director of the School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Douglas Cardinal will deliver the Thursday evening lecture.

Part 3 concludes the series on March 17th and 18th with Design Thinking and Teaching. Participants for this session are comprised of Katerina Ruedi Ray, Director of the School of Art at Bowling Green State University in Ohio; Clive Knights, Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Portland State University; and Leslie Van Duzer, Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. All three will participate in a lecture on the Sunday evening.

For more information on this School of Architecture initiative at the University of Saskatchewan, please visit

For more information on Nader Tehrani and NADAAA, please visit and; Antón García-Abril; Herbert Enns; Douglas Cardinal; Ray Cole; Terrance Galvin; Katerina Ruedi Ray; Clive Knights; and Leslie Van Duzer