Nader Tehrani met us at the Boston Office dA studio for an early morning interview before the day started. Office dA grew incrementally, a practice slowly built up by hard work and academic connections. In fact, according to Nader, Office dA, which has been in business for twenty years, has grown by one employee per year on average. Nader Tehrani and Monica Ponce de Leon are the two founding partners of the practice and it is interesting that their commitment to critique kept them involved in different academic institutions. In the beginning Monica was teaching in Miami and Nader in Providence and their partnership was enabled by the cutting edge technology of the Fax machine. Today, Nader teaches at MIT and Monica is the Dean of the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and their partnership continues via email and webex. The conversation was very smart - many thanks to Nader.