TEHRAN — UK-based Iranian architect Farshid Moussavi has been awarded the 2022 Jane Drew Architecture Prize.
The Jane Drew Prize is an award recognizing an architectural designer who has raised the profile of women in architecture, the Architectural Review announced last Thursday.
The prize is awarded annually by the Architects’ Journal, an architecture magazine published in London by Metropolis International. It is named after the English modernist architect Jane Drew.
Moussavi is co-founder of Foreign Office Architects, famous for the Yokohama International Ferry Terminal which opened in 2002, and founded Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) in 2011.
His practice’s work includes the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art as well as two housing projects in France – Ilot 19 in Nanterre from 2016 and La Folie Divine in Montpellier a year later – and is currently working on the Ismaili Center Houston. , which is expected to be completed in 2024.
“It is a very great honor for me to receive the Jane Drew Award, who has done so much to bring attention to the achievements of women in the field of architecture,” Moussavi said.
“There are relatively few role models for women in the practice of architecture, and I believe this gives them the freedom to be more creative in responding to the pressing challenges facing architects today, than those challenges find new and more generous uses for the buildings, as well as new languages in which to engage a larger and more diverse audience, or fight climate change to protect future generations,” she added.
In addition, British-Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum also won the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for Contribution to Architecture 2022, which recognizes people working in the broader architectural industry who have made a significant contribution to the architecture and the built environment.
Hatoum’s work is often on an architectural scale and inhabits entire rooms. His works include the cage-like structures in 1992’s Light Sentence, the installation of a loom in a hairball-strewn room in 1995’s Recollection, and the metal bunks in 1996’s Quarters.
Photo: A view of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture and built in 2012. (AR/Stephen Gill)