Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri are the cofounders and Principal Directors of Hariri & Hariri Architecture, a New York–based multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters. Today they are celebrated as two of the most accomplished women in American architecture and design and are described as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box firms currently working in the United States. Their projects run the gamut from luxury residential developments and hotels to bathroom accessories to single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. For the Hariris, design is a holistic, boundary-less enterprise ranging from master planning and architecture to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design, and jewelry.
They have devoted time to teaching since 1987, to emphasize the importance of academic and philosophical discourse within the context of a professional practice, and have been Adjunct Professors of Architecture at Columbia University, a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, McGill University, and Parsons School of Design.
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 career achievement award by PAAIA. They received 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 & Design in AD-100 by the prestigious Architectural Digest. In 2014, they were included on the DESIGN POWER-100 list by Surface Magazine.
The firm’s work with leading international corporations, developers, fashion labels, along with cultural, institutional and high-profile private clients demonstrates the firm’s multi-faceted practice with an acclaimed Swarovski ‘Crystal Palace Collection’ chandelier, ‘Kryptonite’ couture jewelry collection; and the recent BEST OF YEAR ‘Crystalline Bath Collection’ for AFNY.
Through dedication to the research and construction of innovative ideas, the firm has been commissioned for a number of significant projects that have been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark Un-private House exhibiton, the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt, and the Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and recently at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City. March 2006 Hariri & Hariri Houses was published by Rizzoli International Publications with a foreword by Richard Meier and an introduction by Paul Goldberger. In 2010 their monograph, Hariri & Hariri – Buildings & Projects and their most recent monograph Hariri & Hariri: Leading Architects published in January 2018 by The Images Publishing Group celebrates the firm’s nearly three decade of International project and work.