SURFACES REPORTER (SR) congratulates British-Iranian architect Farshid Moussavi who has won this year's Jane Drew Prize from The Architectural Review and Architects' Journal for raising the profile of women in architecture. The architect is also an educator and writer as well, who is known in the architectural realm for her outstanding works and commitment to design excellence. The Architectural Review and Architects' Journal present the Jane Drew prize every year as part of its W awards series, which was earlier known as the Women in Architecture Awards. "It is a very great honour for me to receive the Jane Drew Prize, which has done so much to draw attention to the achievements of women in the field of architecture," expressed Moussavi.
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The Museum of Contemporary Art | Photo Credit: The Architectural Review
With this award, the architect joins the illustrious list of architects including Denise Scott Brown, Kate Macintosh, and Yasmeen Lari who have also won the prize. Coinciding with the Jane Drew Prize, British-Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum has been awarded the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for 2022. This award, named after American architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, is also given to women who contribute to the wider architectural industry.
Ravensbourne College, London | Photo Credit: https://www.farshidmoussavi.com/
"There are relatively few role models for women in architectural practice and I believe that this allows them the freedom to be more creative in responding to the urgent challenges facing architects today, whether these challenges are finding new and more generous uses for buildings, as well as new languages in which to engage a larger and more diverse public, or addressing climate change to protect future generations."
Her Life Journey
Born in 1965, Moussavi did her architecture study at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD), University College London and University of Dundee.
La Folie Divine in Montpellier | Photo Credit: https://www.farshidmoussavi.com/
Moussavi, who co-founded Foreign Office Architects with Alejandro Zaera-Polo, has been heading her eponymous firm Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) since 2011. The architect designed some of the iconic buildings, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the Harrods Toys Department in London, Victoria Beckham's Flagship Store in London and two housing projects in France such as La Folie Divine in Montpellier and Îlot 19 in Nanterre from 2016.
Ismaili Center Houston | Photo Credit: https://www.farshidmoussavi.com/
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She is currently working on the first Ismaili Center Houston, which is scheduled to be finished in 2024. The architect is designing it in collaboration with Woltz Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Hanif Kara and Paul Westlake.
Îlot 19 La Défense, Nanterre, France| Photo Credit: https://www.farshidmoussavi.com/
The architect also teaches at Harvard's GSD and is a board member of New Architecture Writers, which is a free course for aspiring architecture critics in London run by the BAME community.
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