This article was originally featured in the March 2022 issue of ADORE Magazine. Article by Michaela Bechler; photo by Chris Granger.
“Ian and Terri Dreyer have the Tulane School of Architecture to thank for their marriage and business. They formulated the seeds of NANO in their last year of graduate school and have been transforming the city ever since with major projects and recognition, while also bringing attention to climate change in New Orleans. Last year, the pair was invited to exhibit and won the ECC Time Space Existence Venice Biennale Architecture award in Venice, Italy. They look forward to expanding their company on a national and international level and are committed to making New Orleans the change agent and growth city for the world to model in the 21st century.”
What are the keys to a successful business partnership?
Terri: Respect for each other, understanding of weakness and strengths, and core common ethics whether work or personal.
What have you learned working with your spouse?
Ian: We like to say that our strongest attribute to any client is we argue for your best project. We approach and end every project from different places and solutions. Regardless of the final results, it is a merging of the best ideas to the betterment of the project and to the benefit of the client.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Ian: Terri is the quintessential "mama bear." As a spouse, she's my best friend, companion, champion, and confidant. At the same time, she's the most talented professional in the field that I know.
Terri: Ian is an incredible process designer/architect. He loves to solve problems, designs differently, and questions everything down to the type of concrete or the joint of millwork, which helps our design delivery. There is no one else I want in my life, on my projects, or by my side than Ian Dreyer. He is a force for all that is needed in our world right now.
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