Foreign Office Architects (FOA) was founded in 1993 by Alejandro Zaera and Farshid Moussavi. They met at Harvard University and have been married since 1993. The firm is based in London and does masterplanning, architecture and interior design services for the public and private sectors. FOA's name refers to the fact that its principals, Alejandro Zaera Polo and Farshid Moussavi, are Spanish and Iranian, and its office has projects in Japan, the United States, the Netherlands and Spain.
In 2011 Farshid Moussavi founded her own practice in London. Among her projects are the 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 Defense area of the city. 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.
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