Mohsen Mostafavi is the Alexander & Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Cambridge, MA, USA.
He served as Dean of the GSD from 2008 until 2019.
He was previously Gale & Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art & Planning at Cornell University (2004-07), and also the Arthur L & Isabel B Wiesenberger Professor in Architecture. He was Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London (1995-2004).
He is a member of the trustees of the Van Alen Institute, and serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. He served on the design committee of the London Development Agency (LDA), and is involved as a consultant on a number of architectural and urban projects of international significance.
Mohsen Mostafavi studied architecture at the AA (1976), and undertook research on counter-reformation urban history at the University of Essex (1981) and the University of Cambridge (1984).
He was Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at Harvard GSD and has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts.
His publications include: Mathematical Form: John Pickering and the Architecture of the Inversion Principle (AA, 2006), Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (AA, 2004) and edited Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller, 2015) with Gareth Doherty. His research and design projects have been published in The Architectural Review, AAFiles, Arquitectura, Bauwelt, Casabella, Centre and Daidalos.
He was a member of the master jury of the Aga Khan Prize for Architecture (2014-16).
He was the Chair of the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction on the theme of “Economy of Sustainable Construction” in Mumbai, India in April 2013.
Mohsen Mostafavi was head of the Global Holcim Awards jury in 2006 and 2015, Head of the regional jury for Europe in 2005, and Head of the regional jury for North America in 2008.