Nader Seraj is an architect and independent researcher, presently living in Geneva, Switzerland.
His research/work and expertise include the arts, architecture, urban and rural development. His other areas of interests are structured around; vernacular crafts, urban cultures, participatory design-action, planning strategies, multidisciplinary collaborations and community organization. In reference to his origins, Afghanistan, he is interested in traditions, symbols and articles of exchange that constitute the actual urban identity, alongside concerns in tactics of resistance and re-appropriation that manifest through cultural heritage, popular cultures and ‘hybrid’ importations.
He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia [ETSAB – UPC] in 2006, having studied earlier at the Architectural Association in London [AA School] and the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture [AAM].
His professional background includes work as research assistant & coordinator, with the Institute of Research in Art & Design [IRAD] at the Geneva University of Art & Design [HEAD]. Prior to which, he was scientific collaborator for ARCHIZOOM [Architectural Exhibitions and Conferences Center – EPFL] and the ALICE Laboratory [Design Studio on the Conception of Space – EPFL]. Additionally, he supervised various Master thesis projects and was also responsible for a 1st Year architectural design studio.
In July 2015, he edited a major publication with Yona Friedman, architect, urban planner and theoretician, in collaboration with Manuel Orazi, historian and editor at Quodlibet. Entitled Yona Friedman. The Dilution of Architecture, the book has been published by Park Books – Zurich and Les Éditions Archizoom – EPFL. This project is an extension of the exhibition Yona Friedman. Genesis of a Vision, held at the Archizoom Gallery in 2012 which he curated.