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Moussavi joins star-studded list of Royal Academicians

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Architect Farshid Moussavi has been elected into the Royal Academy of the Arts

She joins the 15-strong architecture group of Royal Academicians which includes Eva Jiricna, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield and Nicholas Grimshaw. 

Moussavi, who founded her practice Farshid Moussavi Architecture in 2011 after the split of award-winning practice Foreign Office Architecture, has worked internationally as both an architect and an academic.

The Iranian-born architect’s well-known work includes the 2002 Yokohama International Cruise Terminal, the RIBA Award-winning Ravensbourne College and the John Lewis Department Store in Leicester.

She is currently working on a wide range of projects including a residential complex in the La Défense district of Paris, a residential complex in Montpellier and an office complex in the City of London.

Christopher Le Brun, president of the Royal Academy, said ‘I’m particularly pleased to welcome Farshid because the Royal Academy architects currently comprise a more distinguished group than at any time in its long history’.

The Royal Academy of Arts is governed by 80 Royal Academicians who are all practising painters, sculptors, engravers, printmakers, and architects. New academicians are voted into the academy by its existing members.

About Farshid Moussavi

Born in Iran in 1965, she studied architecture at Dundee University, University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

She worked at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) before co-founding FOA in 1995 where she worked until its demerger in May 2011.

She is Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University, USA and has published three books, ‘The Function of Ornament’, ‘The Function of Forms’, and ‘The Function of Style’, based on her research and teaching there.

Moussavi has also been a visiting professor at UCLA, Columbia and Princeton, and head of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

As well as serving on numerous international design juries, she is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and Architecture Foundation in London, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

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