Ms. Gisue Hariri is the founder and creative principal of Hariri & Hariri -Architecture, a New York-based multi-disciplinary architecture & design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri.
Hariri & Hariri was described by Dwell Magazine as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box architecture firms currently working in the United States. Their projects run the gamut from luxury apartments and hotels to bathroom accessories to single-family houses to high-concept, high-tech experiments. For the Hariris, design is a holistic, boundaryless enterprise. "Some firms do mostly residential or mostly hospitality," says Gisue. "We never bought into the ideology of breaking down design into small parts."
For over 25 years, they have focused on a holistic approach to design ranging from master-planning and architecture - to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design and jewelry. The firm's approach is rooted in a firm belief that design is fundamental to improving quality of life and with an integrated, unified approach architecture can become a total work of art. Their fascination with organic forms and faceted geometry of rocks, crystals and geological formations has resulted in a series of award winning architectural projects, product, lighting, furniture and a jewelry line.
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. Celebrated projects include the winning master-plan for the St. Marks Coptic Canadian Village; a landmark mixed-use development under construction near the historic center of Salzburg, Austria; Swarovski 'Crystal Palace Collection' chandelier, an acclaimed 'Kryptonite' couture jewelry collection; and the recent BEST OF YEAR 'Crystalline' bath collection for AFNY. Among the firm's many Awards are the "Academy Award" for Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters, Induction to Design Hall of Fame, and Architectural Digest NEW AD100, selected as one of today's greatest talents in Architecture & Design.
Ms. 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, a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, Mc Gill and Parsons School of Design.
She has been sought out by many prestigious institutions and publications to serve on jury panels for their annual awards such as; SOM Foundation Award, AIA Design Awards, and ID Annual Design Awards. She has lectured on the work of Hariri & Hariri extensively at variety of institutions and architectural schools, notably Getty Center, Berkeley Art Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, UCLA, SCI ARC, Syracuse, Rice University.