Nasrine Seraji, AA DIPL RIBA
Founding Partner

Nasrine Seraji, AA dipl RIBA Nasrine Seraji was born in 1957 in Teheran. After studying at the Architectural Association and practising in London, Seraji moved to Paris in 1989 to establish her studio where architecture is treated as both a cultural debate and a practice. Since then, she has pursued a path constantly enriched by her simultaneous engagement in architectural practice, teaching, and research. She has lectured and exhibited her work widely in Europe and North America, as well as China and South East Asia. Between 1993 and 2001, Seraji taught at Columbia University in New York, at the Architectural Association in London as Diploma Unit Master, and Princeton University as Visiting Professor. During this time, she also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna where she directed one of the two architecture Master Schools. Seraji was Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, she became Dean of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (formerly the École des Beaux-Arts) by Presidential and Ministerial appointment. That same year, she returned to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna where she held the position of Professor of Ecology, Sustainability and Conservation, as well as Head of the Institute for Art and Architecture. Architect of the award-winning Temporary American Centre in Paris, Seraji has completed several notable buildings and projects, including apartment buildings in Vienna, student housing in Paris (2003) and an extension to the School of Architecture in Lille (2006), the latter were both nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Prize. She continues to participate in competitions of varying types and complexities, ranging from urban design master plans and institutional buildings to small houses and installations. Seraji has been honoured with the distinction of "Chevalier" by the French government on a number of occasions. She first received the medal for "Chevalier des Arts et des Letters"from the Minister of Culture in France in 2006 for her role as an architect contributing to excellence in art and humanities. In 2008, she was awarded the medal of "Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite" by Presidential decree. In the same year she was also awarded the "Medaille d’Argent by the French Academy of Architecture" for her contribution to academic endeavours in architecture. Most recently, in July 2011, she received the "Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur", one of the highest degrees of honour in France.

Born in Tehran, Iran.

1974 Entry to Medical School - Isfahan University, Iran.

1983 Graduates from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK.

1990 Sets up Atelier Seraji in Paris.

2003 Elected member of French architectural experts on architectural research and pedagogy for the Ministry of Culture, commission for the reform of architectural education.

2006 Awarded Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France.

2008 Awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite

2008 Awarded Médaille d’Argent de la Formation by the French Academy of Architecture

2011 Awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur

Professional Affiliations

RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects, UK, 1983

ARB Architects registration Board, UK, 1983

Ordre des Architectes Français, 1990

Teaching Experience

Since 2006 Appointed Dean/ Director of École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais

Since 2006 Appointed Dean and Professor of architecture in the Institute for Art and Architecture at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Austria.

2001–2005 Cornell University College of Architecture Art and Planning, Ithaca, USA, Professor and chair, department of Architecture. Tenured Professor of architecture.

1996–2001 Princeton University School of Architecture Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Visiting Professor.

1996–2001 Elected and appointed Dean and Professor of the Master School for Architecture. Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Austria

1993–1998 Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, England. Diploma Unit Master

1995 École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France. Visiting Professor.

1994 Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, New York, USA, associate professor. Paris-New York program, spring 1999. Visiting Professor.

1994 Tulane University School of Architecture, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Visiting Professor.

1988–1991 University of Toronto, Study Abroad Program, Paris, France. Visiting Professor.

 
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