The New Canaan Historical Society’s biennial Modern House Day Tour is Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The 2018 symposium explores selected houses by architects Sean Godsell, Gō Hasegawa, and Nader Terhani, examining their approach to modernist fundamentals of structure, material, space, natural light, and topography.


A morning symposium: “Crafted House: The Fusion of Artistry and Technology” moderated by Nader Tehrani, Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union with panelists Sean Anderson, MoMA Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design; Australian architect Sean Godsell; and Japanese architect Gō Hasegawa

An afternoon tour of four Modern houses in New Canaan

Lunch at the New Canaan Historical Society with an opportunity to view an exhibit of work by photographer Pedro Guerrero

A cocktail reception with the panelists, donors, home owners and attendees. Tickets are limited.


A day ticket includes:

Light breakfast upon check in
9 a.m.

The morning Symposium:
“Crafted House: The Fusion of Artistry and Technology”
Moderated by Nader Tehrani, Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
Panelists include Sean Anderson, MoMA Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design; Australian architect Sean Godsell; and Japanese architect Gō Hasegawa.

Carriage Barn, Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT
9:30 – 11:30 AM

Lunch and tour of four houses
12 – 4:30 PM

Cocktail reception
5:30 – 7:30 PM

A one-year family membership to the Historical Society

Patron ticket(s) are priced at $500 per ticket ($375 is tax deductible) includes VIP bus with refreshments on board

Friend ticket(s) @ $275 per ticket ($150 is tax deductible)




  • 4 VIP tickets
  • Premier logo and recognition on all printed materials Website recognition
  • Display table at morning Symposium
  • Acknowledgement at Symposium and Cocktail Reception
  • Recognition in pre and post-event publicity
    Opportunity to use YouTube video of the event



  • 2 VIP tickets
  • Logo recognition on all printed materials
  • Website recognition
  • Acknowledgement at Symposium and Cocktail Reception
  • Recognition in pre and post-event publicity



  • Logo recognition on all printed materials
  • Website recognition
  • Acknowledgement at Cocktail Reception
  • Recognition in pre- and post-event publicity

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email Nancy Geary, Executive Director, at

Student tickets are available at $75 per ticket but cannot be purchased through the website.  Please call 203-966-1776 ext. 2 to purchase student tickets.


Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA

Sean Anderson is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He has degrees in architectural design and history from Cornell, a M.Arch from Princeton and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. His book, Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea, was published in 2015 and was nominated for the AIFC Bridge Book Award for Non-Fiction. At MoMA, he has organized the exhibitions Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016-17), Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-89 (2017-18), and he manages the Young Architects Program (YAP) exhibition series.


Sean Godsell, Principal, Godsell Associates Pty Ltd. Architects B.Arch (Hons) U of Melbourne, M.Arch RMIT FRAIA RIBA

Sean Godsell was born in Melbourne in 1960. He graduated with First Class Honours from The University of Melbourne in 1984. He spent much of 1985 traveling in Japan and Europe and worked in London from 1986 to 1988 for Sir Denys Lasdun. In 1989 he returned to Melbourne and worked for The Hassell Group. In 1994 he formed Godsell Associates Pty Ltd Architects.

He obtained a M.Arch from RMIT University in 1999. His thesis was entitled ‘The Appropriateness of the Contemporary Australian Dwelling.’ His work has been published in the world’s leading Architectural journals including Architectural Review (UK), Architectural Record (USA), Domus (Italy), A+U (Japan), Casabella (Italy), GA Houses (Japan), Detail (Germany), Le Moniteur (France), and Architect (Portugal).

In July 2002 the influential English design magazine Wallpaper* listed him as one of ten people destined to ‘change the way we live’. He was the only Australian and the only Architect in the group.

He has lectured in the USA, UK, China, Japan, India, France, Italy and New Zealand as well as across Australia. He was a keynote speaker at the Alvar Aalto symposium in Finland in 2006.

In July 2003 he received a Citation from the President of the American Institute of Architects for his work for the homeless. His Future Shack prototype was exhibited from May to October 2004 at the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York. In the same year the Italian publisher Electa published the monograph Sean Godsell: Works and Projects. Time Magazine named him in the ‘Who’s Who – The New Contemporaries’ section of their 2005 Style and Design supplement. He was the only Australian and the only Architect in the group of seven eminent designers.

He has received numerous local and international awards. In 2006 he received the Victorian Premier’s Design Award and the RAIA Robin Boyd Award, and in 2007 he received the Cappochin residential architecture award in Italy and a Chicago Athenaeum award in the USA – all for St Andrew’s Beach House. In 2008 he was a finalist in the Wallpaper* International Design Awards and a recipient of his second AIA Record Houses Award for Excellence in the USA for Glenburn House. In 2008 noted architectural historian and Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, Kenneth Frampton, nominated him for the inaugural BSI Swiss Architecture Award for architects under the age of 50, and his work was exhibited in both the Milan Triennale and Venice Biennale in the same year. In 2010 the prototype of the RMIT design Hub façade was exhibited in Gallery GA in Tokyo before being transported in 2011 to its permanent home at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2012 he was shortlisted to design the new Australian Pavilion in Venice. In 2013 he received the RAIA Victorian Medal and William Wardell Awards for the RMIT Design Hub and the Harold Desbrowe Annear award for the Edward St House.

In January 2013 the Spanish publication El Croquis published the monograph Sean Godsell – Tough Subtlety which includes an essay by Juhani Pallasmaa. In 2013 and 2014 he was visiting professor at the IUAV WAVE workshop in Venice and delivered the UNESCO chair open lecture in Mantova, Italy.

In 2015 he was shortlisted for the $450 million Sydney Modern project at the Art Gallery of NSW and in 2016 was shortlisted for the National Conservatory at the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. He received the 2016 DETAIL Prize in Germany for the 2014 M Pavilion. He is one of ten architects selected by the Vatican to each design and build a new chapel on the island of Maggiore in Venice for the 2018 Architectural Biennale.


Gō Hasegawa, Principal, Gō Hasagawa & Associates

Gō Hasagawa was born in 1977 in the prefecture of Saitama prefecture in Japan, earning a Masters of Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2002. He worked at Taira Nishizawa Architects in Tokyo before establishing Gō Hasegawa & Associates in 2005. He has taught at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Switzerland, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and UCLA. He is currently a design critic in architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 2015, he received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Hasegawa is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2008 Shinkenchiku Prize, and has been selected as one of the ten 2014 AR Design Vanguard architects. His new monograph, El Croquis 191: Gō Hasegawa 2005 / 2017, was published in October 2017.


Moderator: Nader Tehrani, Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union

Nader Tehrani is the Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York. He was previ- ously a professor of architecture at MIT, where he served as the Head of the Department from 2010-2014. He is also Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry.

Tehrani received a B.F.A. and a B.Arch from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and 1986 respectively. He continued his studies at the Architectural Association in London where he attended the Post-Graduate program in History and Theory. Upon his return to the United States, Tehrani received the M.A.U.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991.

Tehrani has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design, and the Universi- ty of Toronto’s Department of Architecture, Landscape and Design as the Frank O. Gehry International Visiting Chair.

Tehrani has lectured widely at institutions including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Harvard University, Princeton University and the Architectural Association. Tehrani has participated in many symposia including the Monterey Design Conference (2009), the Buell Center ‘Contem- porary Architecture and its Consequences’ at Columbia University (2009), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design ‘Beyond the Harvard Box’ (2006). The works of Nader Tehrani have been widely exhibited at MOMA, LA MOCA and ICA Boston. His work is also part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Nasher Sculpture Center. His work has been published in a variety of journals internationally which reflect his research on materiality, fabrication and tectonics. Selected articles include: ‘Versioning: Connubial Reciprocities of Surface and Space’ published in Architectural Design (Sep, Oct 2002), and ‘Aggregation’ and ‘Difficult Synthesis’, featured in Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality, by Thomas Schroepfer (2011). He is the 2017/2018 William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Tehrani’s work has been recognized with notable awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Archi- tecture (2007), the United States Artists Fellowship in Archi- tecture and Design (2007), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture (2002). He has also received the Harleston Parker Award for the Northeastern University Multi-faith Spiritual Center (2002) and the Hobson Award for the Georgia Institute of Technology Hinman Research Building (2012). Throughout his career, Tehrani has received eighteen Progressive Architecture Awards as well as numerous AIA, Boston Society of Architects and ID awards. For the past five years NADAAA has ranked in the top three design firms in Architect Magazine’s Top 50 U.S. Firms List.