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Mohsen Mostafavi

Mohsen Mostafavi, an architect and educator, is the Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was formerly the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Dean Mostafavi serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the board of the Van Alen Institute, and on numerous university committees including the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, as well as the Committee on Common Spaces. He has served on the design committee of the London Development Agency (LDA), the RIBA Gold Medal, and is currently involved as a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects. Mostafavi received a diploma in architecture from the AA in 1976 and undertook research on counter-reformation urban history at the Universities of Essex and Cambridge. Previously, he was Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Mostafavi has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule). His research and design projects have been published in many journals, including The Architectural Review, AAFiles, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre, and Daidalos. Some of his publications include: On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time (with David Leatherbarrow, MIT, 1993), which received the American Institute of Architects prize for writing on architectural theory; Approximations (AA/MIT, 2002); Surface Architecture (MIT, 2002), which received the CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award; Logique Visuelle (Idea Books, 2003); Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (AA Publications, 2004); Structure as Space, (AA Publications, 2006); and Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller Publishers 2010).