Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. He was formerly Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He has taught at numerous institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule).
Dean Mostafavi serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the board of the Van Alen Institute, and has served on the design committees of the London Development Agency (LDA) and the RIBA Gold Medal. He is a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects. His publications include On Weathering (MIT, 1993); Delayed Space (Princeton, 1994); Approximations (AA/MIT, 2002); Surface Architecture (MIT, 2002); Logique Visuelle (Idea Books, 2003); Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (AA Publications, 2004); Structure as Space (AA Publications, 2006); Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller Publishers/Harvard GSD, 2010); Implicate & Explicate (Lars Müller Publishers, 2011); and Louis Vuitton: Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli, 2011).
Odile Decq set up her own office just after graduating at La Villette in 1978 while studying at Sciences Politiques Paris where she completed a post-graduate diploma in Urban Planning in 1979. International renown was not long in coming, as early as 1990 actually, with her first major commission : the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes. The numerous prizes and publications that distinguished the building underlined the emergence of a new hope directly born from the punk rebellion which turned old conventions upside down. By questioning the commission, the use, the matter, the body, the technique, the taste, the architecture of ‘Odile Decq Benoît Cornette” offers a paradoxical look, both tender and severe on today’s world. They were awarded with a Golden Lion in Venice in 1996. Alone since 1998, Odile Decq has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. She just completed the MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome) in 2010 and the restaurant in Opera Garnier in Paris in 2011. In 2012, The FRAC (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain) in Rennes and the GL Events headquarter in Lyon will be completed. In 2007, Odile Decq was elected General Director of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. Since that, she shares her time between organizing the school in developing it to an international level.