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Lecture: Farshid Moussavi

Lecture: Farshid Moussavi

Farshid Moussavi is an architect, principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was previously co-founder 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. Moussavi was head of the Institute of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has held teaching posts at the Architectural Association in London, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Hoger Architectuur Instituut Sint-Lucas in Gent, and in the United States at Harvard, UCLA, Princeton and Columbia University.

Moussavi has served on key design and architectural advisory panels and international design juries including for the British Council, the Mayor of London’s “Design for London” advisory group, the London Development Agency, the RIBA Gold and Presidential Medals and the Stirling Prize for Architecture. She is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the London Architecture Foundation, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She has published extensively in professional magazines worldwide. She has also published two books, ‘The Function of Ornament’ and ‘The Function of Forms’, based on her research and teaching at Harvard. Her third book titled ‘the Function of Style’ will be released in early 2015. Since September 2011, Moussavi has been writing as a columnist for the Architectural Review magazine.