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Mehrdad Hadighi
Department Head and Professor, Stuckeman Chair of Integrative Design
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Department of Architecture
Stuckeman School
814.865.9535
130 Stuckeman

Mehrdad Hadighi is Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University and Stuckeman Chair of Integrative Design. Most recently, he served two terms as chair of the Department of Architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Hadighi has been an academic for the past twenty-eight years, teaching at both public and private universities and serving as a visiting professor in the United States and abroad.

Hadighi completed his post-professional graduate studies at Cornell University and holds a professional degree in architecture and a degree in studio art from the University of Maryland. A licensed architect, he is founding principal of the Studio for Architecture, a design practice that is engaged in research and experimentation through building projects of different scales and scopes, site-specific gallery installations, and design competitions.

Hadighi’s premiated design competition entries include the Studentenheim + Bauernmarkt, Glockengasse, Public Space in the New American City, Atlanta, Berlin Alexanderplatz Design Competition, Austrian Cultural Institute in Manhattan, and the Peace Garden Design Competition. Hadighi has been selected as one of “25 most intriguing, innovative and intrepid architects, from all over the world” by Wallpaper* magazine; and as one of “10 Young Firms Reshaping the Globe” by the Architectural Record magazine in their Design Vanguard issue. The Architectural League of New York selected Hadighi as one of the six notable “Young Architects” in their “Young Architects Forum” series. His work is the subject of a monograph by SHARESTAN, and his most recent work has been featured in the following books: Conversions; Small Structures, Green Architecture; Xs Green: Big Ideas, Small Buildings; Extensions and Renovations; Up, Down, Across: Domestic Extensions; House Plus, New House Design; and Architecture In Detail. More recently, a project designed by Studio for Architecture was named one of the ten “High Notes from 2010” by e-architect.co.uk; the Lafayette 148 headquarters building commissioned by the New York-based fashion design company was selected from a pool of more than 500 international entries.

His scholarly work focuses on drawing parallels between 20th century art, critical theory and the constructive principles of architecture. This work has been celebrated with prestigious research awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Education

Mehrdad Hadighi completed his post-professional studies at Cornell University and holds a professional degree in architecture and a degree in studio art from the University of Maryland.

Research

Hadighi's scholarly work focuses on drawing parallels between 20th century art, theory and criticism and the constructive principles of architecture. His premiated design competition entries include the Studentenheim + Bauernmarkt, Glockengasse, Public Space in the New American City, Atlanta, Berlin Alexanderplatz Design Competition, Austrian Cultural Institute in Manhattan, and the Peace Garden Design Competition.

Honors + Awards

  • 2013, Selected as “Visiting Scientist” by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
  • 2013, Selected as THE LASKEY AWARD Designer, Moderator, and Juror, Washington University’s Sam Fox School, 2013.
  • 2012, “Concrete Twist” selected as “Best of 2012” by Domus.
  • 2012, “Lafayette 148” selected as “Best of the Week” by Domus.
  • 2011, “Lafayette 148” selected as one of the ten “High Notes from 2010”, from over 500 international entries: e-architect.co.uk.

Exhibitions + Presentations

  • 2013, “Beyond Surface” American University of Sharjah, UAE.
  • 2013, “Labor and Material as Context”, “Pantheon and Phaeno”, “Corbusier’s form-finding”, 3 lectures delivered at the “CROSSROADS” workshop, June 24-28, Yildiz University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2012, “The relationship of Architecture and Art”; “The relationship of Architecture and Construction”; “The relationship of Architecture and Education”; 3 lectures delivered at the University of Tehran, July 12, 2012.
  • 2012, “SlipSphere” lecture delivered at ORDER-DISORDER workshop, July 13, 2012.
  • 2012, “White Mythology, White Paintings”, Athens Institute for Education and Research, June 2012.
  • 2009, “Repetition” Beginning Design Education, ACSA Administrators Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, invited.
  • 2009, “Labor and Material”, University of Arkansas, Department of Architecture
  • 2008, “Form of Knowledge/Knowledge of Form”, Institute of Art, Tehran, Iran. 

Publications

  • 2015, Mehrdad Hadighi, "llAW of Wall", Applied Research + Design Publishing, July 2015
  • 2014, Mehrdad Hadighi, "Tschumi's Architectural Manifestoes", Kasra Art & Architectural Publishing, 2014
  • 2013, Warren Ashworth, Angelyn Chandler, Dennis Cope, John Kleinschmidt, THE LASKEY AWARD, A Design Challenge, Studio L, Washington University’s Sam Fox School, 2013. (on a workshop Hadighi conducted in at Wash U)
  • 2013, Mehrdad Hadighi, Buffalo Experiments, under review
  • 2013, “Nine Manifestoes”, Architecture and Culture, 2013, Forthcoming
  • 2013, Mehrdad Hadighi, “White Mythology, White Paintings”, Proceedings of the Athens Institute for Education and Research conference, Forthcoming.
  • 2013, Mehrdad Hadighi, “Artist as Analyst, The Relationship of Architecture and Art”, The Architect’s Role, winter 2013, p69-74
  • 2013, “Concrete Goes Green in China”, Phaidon, March 6, 2013
  • 2013, Amir Taheri and Reza najafian, “Interview with Mehrdad Hadighi”, The Architect’s Role, winter 2013, p65-68
  • 2013, Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, “A Modern Chinese Factory Made Using Local Traditional Building Techniques”, FastCompanyDesign, February 18, 2013
  • 2013, Mahyar Hadighi, “Hadighi’s Workshop in Tehran, 2012”, The Architect’s Role, winter 2013, p11-18
  • 2012, Seda Gul, “The Movement of Light Coming from the façade”, the Lafayette 148 Headquarters, TASIRIM, Volume 223, July/August 2012, p 50-51
  • 2012, Editors at Domus, “Best of the Week”, Domuswebnews, May 13, 2012
  • 2012, Marc Veveu, “Concrete Twist”, domusweb.it/d/380658, May 10, 2012
  • 2012, Marc Veveu, “Lafayette 148 Headquarters”, DOMUS, Volume 958, May 2012, p112-113
  • 2012, Mehrdad Hadighi, “Problem Solving through Problem Seeking” Mehrdad Hadighi in interview with HAMSHAHRI, HAMSHAHRI MEMARI, Vol 19, August 2012, p60-71
  • 2011, Mehrdad Hadighi, Banham in Buffalo, ORO Editions, San Francisco, 2011
  • 2011, Adrian Welch, “A Few High Notes from 2010”, e-architect, volume #86, January 4, 2011
  • 2010, Yuan Jing, “Architecture of Fashion”, in Numéro, le magazine international de mode, November 2010
  • 2010, Isabelle Lomholt, “Lafayette 148”, e-architect, volume #84, November 9, 2010
  • 2010, Elizabeth Licata, “Art on View”, Buffalo Spree, April 2010
  • 2010, Tom Buckham, “Cravens’ Copious Art Collection”, The Buffalo News, April 30, 2010
  • 2010, Jack Foran, “Object Lessons”, ARTVOICE, Vol 9, issue 14, April 8-14, 2010, p9
  • 2010, Mehrdad Hadighi, “Introduction” Ways of Working, O’Donnell & Tuomey, buffaloBOOKS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2010
  • 2010, Mehrdad Hadighi, “Architecture-Archaeology-Archive”, CRAVENS WORLD, UB Art Galleries, Buffalo, NY, P34-37
  • 2009, Mehrdad Hadighi, “Introduction” Beginnings, MOS, buffaloBOOKS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2009
  • 2008, Simone Schleifer, ed, Ristrutturazioni da Vivere, “Tall Acres”, FKG Publications, Barcelona, Spain, 2008
  • 2008, Mehrdad Hadighi, “Introduction” The Continuity of Contradiction Thom Mayne, buffaloBOOKS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2008
  • 2008, Ramin Safari Rad, Mehrdad Hadighi , Sharestan, Tehran, 2008
  • 2008, Maria Scrivani, “Preserving the Invisible”, Buffalo Spree, March 2008

Built Works

  • 2013, Paley Memorial Library, CD’s Completed.
  • 2011, Catskills 1300, New Construction, Weekend house, Catskills Mountains, New York, 4,000 SF.
  • 2010, Cravens’ World, Interior Renovation with a permanent exhibition structure, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 600 SF.
  • 2010, Concrete Twist, New Construction, Headquarters building for a New York-based fashion designer, Shantou, China. 320,000 SF
  • 2008, House of Doors, Interior renovation, Upper East Side residence, NYC. 1200 SF.
  • 2008, Mobile, A mobile living unit within an existing residence, Buffalo, NY. 96 SF.

CV + Files + Links

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Interior of art gallery with people looking at artworks
Modern interior hallway design