Tristan Al-Haddad



B.S.Arch, Georgia Tech
M.Arch, Georgia Tech


Digital Design, Fabrication, Public Art, Sculpture, Materials, Solar Energy


Tristan Al-Haddad is a working designer and visual artist in addition to being a faculty member 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 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.  In 2014 Al-Haddad was selected by the US Department of State to represent the USA at the Colombo Art Biennale in Sri Lanka.

Public Art Network – Year in Review Award for the ‘Immaterial’ sculpture at the Southeast Atlanta Public Library (National) | 2017

Stealth Sculpture – Second Place, Award of Excellence, Decorative Concrete | American Concrete Institute – (International) | 2016

Stealth Sculpture - First Place Concrete Artistry Under 5,000 Square Feet | American Society of Concrete Contractors – (National) | 2016

National Endowment for the Arts – Our Town Grant  (National) $100,000 Design Grant - In collaboration with the Atlanta Beltline | Landscape Art + Architecture 2014  |  Atlanta, Georgia

Representative of the United States of America at the Colombo Art Biennale  (International)

Womb | Tomb – Exhibited at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute | Sculpture: Clay brick, cement, + steel | 2014  |  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Emerging Voices Award (Local) | Awarding Body: American Institute of Architects (Atlanta Chapter) – Young Architects Forum | Co-recipient with Ryan Gravel, two-person exhibition. | 2011

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Fellowship (National) | Awarding Body: United States Department of State Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria – Valparaiso, Chile | 2009

Artadia Artist Award (Regional) | Awarding Body:  Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue | 2009

A1. Books         

Al-Haddad, Tristan (2009)  Force + Feedback + Fabrication: Integrating Structural Feedback into Design Processes for Complex Surface-Active Form.  Saarbrücken, [Germany]:  VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

A2. Refereed Book Chapters

Al-Haddad, Tristan. (2012). From Modeling to Making: Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication.  In F. Trubiano (Ed.), The Design and Construction of High Performance Homes: Building Envelopes, Renewable Energies, and Integrated Practice.  Oxfordshire, Routledge.

B1. Published and Accepted Journal Articles

Cavieres, Andres, R. Gentry, T. Al-Haddad. (2011).  Knowledge-Based Parametric Tools for Concrete  Masonry Walls: Conceptual Design and Preliminary Structural Analysis.  Journal of Automation and Construction 20(6), 716-728.

Bifurcations – NEA Places Commission with the Atlanta Beltline| Landscape Sculpture | In progress  |  Atlanta, Georgia

Pedestrian Bridge Design – Collaboration with GBBN Architects and Uzun+Case Engineers | Conceptual design for the pedestrian bridge at the University of Louisville Hospital.  Project under construction. | 2016  |  Louisville, Kentucky

Nimbus – Nicolett Mall Public Art Commission in Collaboration with James Corner Field Operations | In progress  |  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Immaterial – Atlanta-Fulton Southeast Library | Sculpture: Acrylic, Stainless Steel, + LED Lighting | 2016  |  Atlanta, Georgia

Womb | Tomb – Colombo Art Biennale.  Exhibited at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute | Sculpture: Clay brick, cement, + steel | 2014  |  Colombo, Sri Lanka

Quad-Pod Solar Canopy | Publication Number: US 20140158649 A1

Solar Racking System for long-span canopy applications | Lead inventor - With the Georgia Tech Research Institute.  *Part of the Simple BoS Project funded by the Department of Energy

Concrete Workshop: Parametric Precast

D+R Architectural Design Studio

Architectural Design Studio VI