Candidate presentation for the chair of the Department of Architecture
Mehrdad Hadighi is an associate professor in architecture at the University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. 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. His scholarly work focuses on drawing parallels between twentieth-century theory and criticism and the constructive principles of architecture. 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 (1992); and the Peace Garden Design Competition. He has produced site-specific installations for galleries in Washington, DC, Buffalo, Ithaca, and New York City, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Council on the Creative and Performing Arts. The Architectural League of New York selected Hadighi as one of the six notable young architects. Recently, Hadighi was selected as one of “25 most intriguing, innovative and intrepid architects, from all over the world” by Wallpaper* magazine in their 2004 Annual Design Directory issue; and as one of “10 Young Firms Reshaping the Globe” by the Architectural Record magazine in their 2003 Design Vanguard issue.