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Farshid Moussavi / Farshid Moussavi Architecture

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 6, 2019 - 5:30pm

Farshid Moussavi will lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6. The talk is free and open to the public. Moussavi is Professor in Practice in the Department of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA). In 2015, she was elected a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts of London. She trained at Harvard GSD, the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London and Dundee University. Moussavi was previously co-founder and co-principal of the London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA), recognized as one of the world’s most creative design firms, integrating architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture in a wide range of projects internationally. Prior to this, she worked with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam.

Recognized as an outstanding and committed teacher, bringing a strong intellectual rigor to the discourse on architecture, Moussavi has been a visiting professor at UCLA, Columbia, Princeton, and at several architecture schools in Europe; she was also the Kenzo Tange Visiting Design Critic at the GSD in Spring 2005. She taught for eight years at the Architectural Association in London and was the head of the Institute of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she taught from 2002 until 2005.

Moussavi has also 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, following which she served as a member of the Award’s Steering Committee until 2015. Moussavi is a member of the Board of Trustees of both the Whitechapel Gallery and the Architecture Foundation in London. Moussavi is also a columnist for the Architectural Review magazine and has published published The Function of Ornament in 2006, The Function of Form in 2009, and her third book titled The Function of Style in 2015, based on her research and teaching at Harvard.

At FMA, Moussavi first USA commission was the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. She designed the flagship store for Victoria Beckham in London, and is currently working on a wide range of prestigious projects including a residential complex in the La Défense district of Paris, a residential complex in Montpellier, a department store in Paris; an office complex in the City of London.