About Nader Ardalan
Nader Ardalan is an award winning and critically acclaimed international architect. In over four decades of professional and academic life, Ardalan has practiced architecture in two geographic/cultural zones: North America and the Middle East, with project excursions to the Far East, Central and Western Europe. His project designs range from cities and urban centers to cultural and educational facilities, hotels, shopping malls, office towers and apartment buildings, private villas and palaces.
Ardalan’s approach is based upon four design forces structured upon the concerns for function, environment, culture and advanced technology. In the book “Contemporary Architects”, Mitchell Rouda writes of him: “Nader Ardalan is a man dedicated to the search of origins.” The origins are his starting point, giving him a structural and scientific base for anticipating profoundly valid and sustainable architectural solutions to the built environment. His designs have been exhibited in the Venice Biennale, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Avery Library of Columbia University has selected one of his architectural drawings for their permanent collection.
He is a graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology, and Harvard University where he received the Masters in Architecture degree in 1962. Upon graduation, Nader joined the San Francisco office of SOM, where he worked closely with Charles Bassett, the Chief of Design and an Eero Saarinen devotee. SOM gave him the opportunity to experience the process of world-class design creation and technical production.