The New Canaan Historical Society’s biennial Modern House Day Tour is Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The 2018 symposium explores selected houses by architects Sean Godsell, Gō Hasegawa and Naher Tehrani, examining materality, proportion and sustainability. The panel will be moderated by Sean Anderson. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online.


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:

Registration and light breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning Symposium:

Crafted House: The Fusion of Artistry and Technology
Moderated by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art

Panelists include Nader Tehrani, Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union; Australian architect Sean Godsell; and Japanese architect Gō Hasegawa.

The Town Meeting Room, New Canaan Town Hall
77 Main Street, New Canaan, CT
9:30 – 11:30 am

Lunch and tour of four houses
12 – 5:00 PM

Cocktail reception
New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT
5:00 – 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)

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 – Moderator
B. A. Architectural Design and History, Cornell;
M. Arch Princeton; PhD Art History, UCLA

Sean Anderson is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art.

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 is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.

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.


Gō Hasegawa
M Engineering, PhD Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Gō Hasegawa was born in the prefecture of Saitama, Japan in 1977. He founded Gō Hasegawa & Associates in 2005.

His work has been published in El Croquis, (Spain), A + U (Japan), and GA (Japan).

Gō is the recipient of the 2008 Shinkenchiku Prize and has been selected as one of the ten 2014 AR Design Vanguard architects.

He is currently a design critic in architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.


Sean Godsell
B Arch, U of Melbourne; M Arch, RMIT, FRAIA, RIBA

Sean Godsell was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1960. He founded Sean Godsell Architects in 1994.

His work has been published in the world’s leading architectural journals including El Croquis, (Spain), Architectural Review (UK), Architectural Record (US), Domus (Italy), A + U (Japan), GA Houses (Japan), DETAIL (Germany), Le Moniteur (France), and Architect (Portugal).

He has received numerous awards including the Victorian Premier’s Design Award and the RAIA Robin Boyd Award (Australia, 2006), the Cappochin Residential Architecture Award (Italy, 2007), Chicago Athenaeum Award (USA, 2007), AIA Record Houses Award for Excellence (USA, 2008), the Victorian Medal and William Wardell Awards (Australia, 2013), the DETAIL Prize (Germany, 2016). He was one of ten architects selected by the Vatican to design and build a chapel on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice for the 2018 Architecture Biennale.


Nader Tehrani
BFA, B Arch, Rhode Island School of Design; MAUD, Harvard
University Graduate School of Design

Nader Tehrani is the Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York. He was previously a professor of architecture at MIT, where he served as the head of the department.

Nader is also Principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with construction practices.

His works have been exhibited at MoMA, LA MOCA and ICA Boston and his work is a part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

He has received many notable awards, including the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture (USA, 2007), the United States Artists Fellowship in Architecture and Design (USA, 2007), the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture (USA, 2002), and eighteen Progressive Architecture Awards (USA). For the past five years NADAAA has ranked in the top three design firms in Architect Magazine’s Top 50 U.S. Firms List.

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