Talks

Farshid Moussavi and Alice Rawsthorn in conversation

2pm, Saturday 5 October

Frieze London: The Standard, London Library & Auditorium

Farshid Moussavi (Founder, Farshid Moussavi Architecture, London, UK)

Alice Rawsthorn (Design critic and writer, London, UK)

The name chosen by Walter Gropius for the Bauhaus literally translates as ‘Building House’; yet, while construction and design were omnipresent in the school’s curriculum, the formal practice of architecture was largely limited to men, such as Gropius himself. In this conversation, internationally renowned, Iranian-born architect Farshid Moussavi talks with design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn about her influences, practice and the urgent issues that contemporary architects and designers - both male and female - can address.

Farshid Moussavi OBE is the founder of FMA, a London-based international architectural practice founded in 2011 by the award-winning architect Farshid Moussavi. Among its completed projects are the acclaimed Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art in Ohio, the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale installation ‘Architecture and its Affects’ and the Victoria Beckham Flagship Store in London. FMA is currently working on a range of prestigious international projects including an office complex in the City of London and a residential complex in the La Défense area of the city. Recently, FMA was shortlisted for the competition to design the Interactive Gallery at The Science Museum in London. Before forming FMA, Farshid Moussavi co-founded Foreign Office Architects (FOA) where she co-authored the design of many award-winning projects including the Yokohama International Ferry Terminal in Japan, the Meydan retail complex in Istanbul, and the Carabanchel social housing complex in Madrid. Having lectured extensively on architecture worldwide, Farshid Moussavi has been a Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2006. Farshid Moussavi and her colleagues at FMA have extensive experience of projects with diverse functions for both the public and private sector, and of working internationally. They are also engaged in critical research through FMA’s research arm, FunctionLab, and the publication of “The Function of…” series of books on architectural theory. As a result, FMA has a wealth of knowledge and perspectives of urban and architectural problems, and the agility required to work within different cultures.

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Her weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade.  A leading public speaker on design, Alice has spoken at important global events including TED and the World Economic Forum in Davos.  Born in Manchester and based in London, Alice is chair of the boards of trustees of The Hepworth Wakefield art gallery in Yorkshire and Chisenhale Gallery in London. A founding member of the Writers for Liberty campaign for human rights, she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design and the arts.