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Spring '23 Kassler Lecture: Farshid Moussavi

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Architecture and Micropolitics

Farshid Moussavi

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm

Betts Auditorium

School of Architecture


Farshid Moussavi, OBE, RA, is an internationally acclaimed architect and Professor in Practice in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she also trained and received her Master's in Architecture. Prior to founding her London-based practice FMA, she was co-founder of Foreign Office Architects (FOA). Moussavi has published, in conjunction with Harvard University, an influential series of books: The Function of Ornament (2006), The Function of Form (2009), and The Function of Style (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 in London in 2015 and appointed Professor of Architecture in the RA Schools in 2017. In 2018, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to architecture. Moussavi was the chair of the Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004 and a member of its steering committee between 2005 and 2015. She has served as a trustee of several organizations, including the Whitechapel Gallery and The Architecture Foundation in London between 2009 and 2018, and since 2018, the Norman Foster Foundation and New Architecture Writers (NAW), which focuses on people of color who are under-represented across design journalism and curation.

Lecture made possible by the Kenneth Kassler Memorial Lecture Fund. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education (AIA/CE) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CE criteria.