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Farshid Moussavi

Farshid Moussavi

Iranian-born Farshid Moussavi OBE RA is an architect and professor at Harvard University.

Prior to establishing her London-based practice FMA, she co-founded Foreign Office Architects (FOA).

In conjunction with Harvard University Moussavi has published a series of books which include The Function of Ornament in 2006, The Function of Form in 2009 and The Function of Style in 2014. Her most recent book, Architecture and Micropolitics, which features four buildings by FMA, was published in October 2022.

Moussavi was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts London in 2015 and appointed professor of architecture in the RA Schools in 2017. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2018 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to architecture.

Moussavi has served as trustee of several organisations including the Whitechapel Gallery and The Architecture Foundation in London. Since 2018 she has also served as a trustee for the Norman Foster Foundation and New Architecture Writers (NAW), the latter of which focuses on black and minority ethnic emerging writers who are under-represented in design journalism and curation.

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