Farshid Moussavi RA

Farshid Moussavi, OBE RA is an internationally acclaimed architect and Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to founding FMA, her London-based practice, she was co-founder of Foreign Office Architects (FOA). She 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). She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 2015, and was appointed Professor of Architecture in the RA Schools in 2017.

In The Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2018, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to architecture. She 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 emerging Black and minority ethnic writers who are under-represented in design journalism and curation.

In 2022, she was awarded the Jane Drew Prize for Architecture.


Royal Academician


Nationality: British

Elected RA: 11 March 2015

Professor of Architecture: 2017 - 2022

Gender: Female

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Works by Farshid Moussavi in the RA Collection

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