Tristan Al-Haddad is a working designer and visual artist in addition to holding the position of assistant professor in the School of Architecture at The Georgia Institute of Technology. Al-Haddad holds a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech, also having studied at the University of Paris – La Villette and at the Daniels Center for Building Technology and Urban Design in Genoa, Italy. His work has been exhibited in venues including the Pompidou Center, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Boston Center for the Arts, The International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and The AIA’s Center for Architecture in New York City as well as being published in print sources including the New York Times, Dwell, Metropolis, Art Papers and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Al-Haddad was one of seven recipients of the ARTADIA Artist Award in 2009 in addition to being a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria in Valparaiso, Chile the same year. In 2012 Al-Haddad received the Emerging Voices Award from the Young Architects Forum of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Al-Haddad is also the co-author of two patent-pending solar photovoltaic racking systems.
Al-Haddad’s practice investigates the relationship between material and immaterial worlds, or rather the relationship between spaces of matter and spaces of thought. The work is used as a medium through which to conduct experiments of the body’s existence in space and the virtual [mental] perception created by this occupation. This interest in virtuality is rooted not in technologically driven synthetic spaces, but rather in the history of thought and mental experience. Another primary thesis in the work is that of understanding materiality as fundamental to the design and construction of any object or space in the world of matter. Part of the conceptualization of all of the work starts with an understanding of materiality and the process of formation and translation of the material, in other words not in the process of ‘Being’, but rather in the process of ‘Becoming’. In this construct the world is always understood as being in a state of dynamic flux and seeking adaptation through chance and choice.