Professor Nader Vossoughian

My Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship brought me to the faculties of Gestaltung and architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar (2014-2015, 2021), as well as to the faculty of architecture at the University of Kassel (2016). It is hard to put into words how meaningful these experiences were for me. On a professional level, the experience allowed me to gain knowledge about the history of modern architecture in Germany that most scholars in field only dream of. I visited key buildings and explored the major archives. I was able to publish numerous essays and am working on many more. I benefitted from the support of the Humboldt Foundation’s wonderful staff and am proud to say that I became fully fluent in German.

On a personal level, I was able to share my passion for German culture and history with my wife and three children. My children attended German preschools and grammar schools: two of them returned to the United States fluent in German. We made wonderful friends, many of whom remain an integral part of our lives. My children continue to maintain a deep affection for Germany, particularly its bakeries, thrift stores, and desserts. For my oldest daughter, Weimar stands out—it boasts some of the best gelaterias in all of Europe!

I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have from my Humboldt experience. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity and the privilege.

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