Farshid Moussavi

Part 29 of a month-long celebration of Women’s History Month 

Architect, author and academic Farshid Moussavi was born in Iran. After immigrating to England in 1979, she studied at the University College London, Dundee University and Harvard’s GSD. In 1995 she co-founded the Foreign Office Architects (FOA) in London where she designed projects in Japan, Spain, Turkey, and England (including the 2010 Ravensbourne College, above). She continues to work internationally with her eponymous firm, Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA), founded 2011 in London. Winner of many awards, including the Kanagawa Prize for Architecture in Japan (2003), Lion Award at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2004), Charles Jencks Award for Architecture (2005), Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence (2008), and several RIBA awards (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011), in 2015 she was elected to be a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

On the academic side of things, Moussavi has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, UCLA, the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Architectural Association, the Berlage Institute and the Hoger Architectuure Instituut. She brings together her intellectual interests and practical experience in a significant body of theory and research, especially her book The Function of Ornament (2006) and its successors, The Function of Form (2009), and The Function of Style (2015). She has published widely in such journals as WIRED, RA Magazine, Architectural Review, and the Harvard Design Magazine.

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