Farshid Moussavi

Farshid Moussavi is an architect and educator, and co-founder of Foreign Office Architects (FOA), a London-based office noted as one of the world’s most creative design firms, integrating architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in a wide range of projects internationally.  FOA’s award-winning projects in Japan include the Yokohama International Cruise Terminal and the Spanish Pavilion at the Aichi International Expo; in Spain, the South-East Coastal Park in Barcelona, the Torrevieja Municipal Theatre and Auditorium, the Technology Centre in Logroño and Carabanchel Social Housing in Madrid; Publishing Headquarters in Paju, Korea and in the UK, the John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex in Leicester.  The work of FOA has been widely published and exhibited, and represented Britain at the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002. The firm has been recognised by awards including the Enric Miralles Prize for Architecture, three RIBA Worldwide Awards and a RIBA European Award, the Kanagawa Prize for Architecture, the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale Award, Building Design’s Retail Architect of the Year Award and the Charles Jencks Award for Architecture.

Farshid Moussavi is Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University. Previously, she taught at the Architectural Association in London, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Hoger Architectuur Instituut Sint-Lucas in Gent, and in the United States at Harvard, UCLA, Princeton as well as at Columbia University. She published The Function of Ornament in 2006, based on her research and teaching at Harvard, and the second volume, The Function of Forms, in 2009.

Educated at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, University College, London and Dundee University, Moussavi has served on design and architecture advisory groups for key institutions including the British Council, the Mayor of London’s ‘Design for London’ initiative, the London Development Agency, RIBA’s Gold and Presidential Medals and the Stirling Prize for Architecture. In 2004, she was Chair of Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and has been a member of the Award’s Steering Committee since then. Moussavi is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Board of Trustees of both the Whitechapel Gallery and the Architecture Foundation in London.

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