Mehrdad Hadighi is a professor in the Department of Architecture and the Stuckeman Chair of Integrative Design. He served as the head of the department until 2022. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, 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 more than 30 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 its 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 10 “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.