Professor Nader Tehrani elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

POSTED ON: April 21, 2023

Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani, professor of architecture, was one of American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ 2023 electees. The honorary society, which was founded in 1780, annually draws new members from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research, and science. Professor Tehrani was selected for his work in the visual arts.

When announcing this year’s new members, Academy President David W. Oxtoby said, “With the election of these members, the Academy is honoring excellence, innovation, and leadership and recognizing a broad array of stellar accomplishments.”

Tehrani joins a distinguished group of individuals elected to the Academy before him, including Benjamin Franklin (elected 1781), Charles Darwin (1874), Margaret Mead (1948), Martin Luther King, Jr. (1966), M. Temple Grandin (2016), and Viet Thanh Nguyen to name a few.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.