Seraji to survey history of women in architecture for Assembly Series

Lecture to open Sam Fox School symposium


Internationally distinguished architect and teacher Nasrine Seraji will visit the campus of Washington University in St. Louis Friday, Nov. 7, to open the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts symposium “Women in Architecture: 1974-2014.”

The Assembly Series lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Steinberg Hall Auditorium. A reception at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Seraji’s talk, also the Sam Fox School’s Coral Courts Lecture, is titled “As a Woman I Have No Country, As a Woman My Country is the World of Architecture.” Both the reception and the lecture are free and open to the public.

Seraji, a native of Teheran, Iran, moved to Paris in 1989 to establish her studio, Atelier Seraji, Architects and Partners after graduating from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

Since 2006, she has served as dean of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais.

Other stops in Seraji’s career include faculty positions at Columbia University as well as the Architectural Association School and at Princeton University.

In 2001, she became a professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. From there, Seraji joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna as professor of ecology, sustainability and conservation, in addition to directing the Institute for Art and Architecture.

This year, Seraji was appointed centennial visiting professor of design at Hong Kong University.

The award-winning architect has completed several notable buildings and projects, including apartment buildings in Vienna, student housing in Paris, and an extension to the School of Architecture in Lille. The latter two projects were both nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Prize. In 2014, her practice received the “Mention de l’Équerre d’Argent” for a recent housing project.

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