Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. This program will feature Farshid Moussavi and a custom crafted cocktail inspired by their work.
Farshid Moussavi is founder of the London-based practice FMA (Farshid Moussavi Architecture) and Professor in Practice at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She leads an international practice with projects in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as leading the research arm of her practice – FunctionLab. In 2018, Moussavi was appointed Office of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to architecture and, in 2022, won the Jane Drew Prize celebrating innovation, diversity, and inclusiveness. She has authored four books on design topics, including the recently published Architecture & Micropolitics which will be the focus of her presentation and conversation with Joann Gonchar, Deputy Editor of Architectural Record.
Farshid Moussavi, OBE, RA, Principal, Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA); Professor in Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Joann Gonchar, FAIA, LEEP AP BD+C, Deputy Editor, Architectural Record
About the Speakers:
Farshid Moussavi, OBE, RA, is an internationally acclaimed architect and Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Moussavi’s approach is characterised by an openness to change and a commitment to the intellectual and cultural life of architecture. Alongside leading an award-winning architectural practice, Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA), she lectures regularly at arts institutions and schools of architecture worldwide and is a published author. Moussavi was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to architecture. She was elected a Royal Academician in 2015 and Professor of Architecture at the RA Schools in 2017.
At FMA, Moussavi’s completed projects include the acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, USA; La Folie Divine, a residential complex in Montpellier; a multi-tenure residential complex in the La Défense district of Paris, and flagship stores for Victoria Beckham in London and Hong Kong. Current projects include an Ismaili Center for the city of Houston in the United States, and, a new residential complex for the the city of Montpellier. Previously Moussavi was co-founder of the internationally renowned London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA) where she co-authored many award-winning international projects including the Yokohama International Cruise Terminal and the Spanish Pavilion at the Aichi International Expo, London’s Ravensbourne College of Media and Communication and the Leicester John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex.
Joann Gonchar, FAIA, LEED AP, is deputy editor at Architectural Record. She joined RECORD in 2006, after working for eight years at its sister publication, Engineering News-Record. Before starting her career as a journalist, Joann worked for several architecture firms and spent three years in Kobe, Japan, with the firm Team Zoo, Atelier Iruka. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York State.
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