Gisue Hariri: Architecture, Nature, and Cultural Identity

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Gisue Hariri shared the work of Hariri & Hariri Architects during a recent lecture in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
Work by Gisue Hariri
Jewels of Salzburg. rendering / Hariri & Hariri
Work by Gisue Hariri
Alvand Tower. rendering / Hariri & Hariri
Gisue Hariri lecture
Hariri reuniting with former mentors George Hascup and Jerry Wells, and associate professor and fellow Cornell graduate Andrea Simitch. William Staffeld / AAP
Gisue Hariri lecture
Gisue Hariri during her introduction by Andrea Simitch. William Staffeld / AAP
Gisue Hariri shared the work of Hariri & Hariri Architects during a recent lecture in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP Jewels of Salzburg. rendering / Hariri & Hariri Alvand Tower. rendering / Hariri & Hariri Hariri reuniting with former mentors George Hascup and Jerry Wells, and associate professor and fellow Cornell graduate Andrea Simitch. William Staffeld / AAP Gisue Hariri during her introduction by Andrea Simitch. William Staffeld / AAP

Gisue Hariri (B.Arch. '80) is the cofounder and creative principal director of Hariri & Hariri Architecture, a New York City-based multidisciplinary architecture and design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born and Cornell-educated sisters, Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri (B.Arch. '81, M.Arch. '83). Today they are celebrated as two of the most accomplished women in American architecture and design and are described by Dwell magazine as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box firms currently working in the U.S. Their projects run the gamut from luxury residential developments and hotels, bathroom accessories, and single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. For the Hariris, design is a holistic, boundaryless enterprise ranging from master planning and architecture to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design, and jewelry.

Gisue Hariri has devoted time to teaching since 1987, to emphasize the importance of academic and philosophical discourse within the context of a professional practice. She has been an adjunct professor of architecture at Columbia University, and a visiting critic at Cornell, McGill, and Parsons School of Design. She has served on the annual award jury panels of many prestigious institutions and publications, such as the Cooper Hewitt Museum, SOM Foundation, and the AIA. She has been a speaker at the BLOUIN Creative Leadership Summit in New York City, and the Iranian-American Women's Leadership Conference in L.A. and New York City in 2013. She lectures on the work of Hariri & Hariri extensively at a variety of institutions and architectural schools, notably The Getty Center, Berkeley Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, UCLA, SCI Arc, Cornell, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Razi University in Iran.

The Hariris have been honored with numerous awards including the 2015 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and the 2005 Academy Award for Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters. They were inducted into the Design Hall of Fame in 2006 by Interior Design Magazine, and in 2010 were named as one of today's greatest talents in architecture and design in AD-100 by the prestigious Architectural Digest. In 2014, Hariri was included on the design Power-100 list by Surface magazine.

The firm's work with leading international corporations, developers, and fashion labels — as well as with cultural, institutional, and high-profile private clients — demonstrates the firm's multi-faceted practice, having an acclaimed Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection chandelier, Kryptonite couture jewelry collection, and the recent Interior Design Best of Year awarded Crystalline bath collection for AF New York. Through dedication to the research and construction of innovative ideas, the firm has been commissioned for a number of high-profile projects, including the now iconic Sagaponac House, the first of numerous homes by internationally acclaimed architects gathered by Richard Meier and the late Coco Brown for the Houses at Sagaponac development in Long Island, New York. Additional celebrated recent projects include the $80-million Sternbrauerei Salzburg (a world-class residential development in Salzburg, Austria, known as the Jewels of Salzburg); a mixed-use residential/retail project in Xi'an, China; an office/residential building in the new Dallas Cultural Center, Two Arts Plaza Development in Texas; and a residential development in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The firm is involved in numerous commercial and residential projects currently in development in the U.S. and the Middle East.