Hariri, Gisue

Gisue Hariri

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  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1980


  • Hariri & Hariri Architecture

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New York, New York City, commercial, interiors, residential


Early life and education

Gisue Hariri is a Co-Founder and Principal Design Directors of Hariri & Hariri Architecture.

She received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Cornell University in 1980. After working with notable architecture firms in New York and San Francisco, she formed her own practice in 1986. Gisue 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, and a visiting critic at Cornell University, McGill University, and the Parsons School of Design.

Gisue Hariri has been sought out by many institutions and publications to serve on jury panels for their Annual Awards. Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards, SOM Foundation Award, AlA Design Awards, are among the noted ones. She has lectured on the work of Hariri & Hariri Architecture at many institutions including the LACMA, Getty Center, Berkeley Art Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Architecture Center, NYC.

Career in Architecture

Established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri, this New York-based firm is one of the most progressive American firms of their generation. For nearly 25 years, they have imbued conceptual, residential, commercial and institutional projects with their own unique brand of sensual modernism. In 2010 the firm was included in the prestigious Architectural Digest ‘AD100,’ and selected for inclusion in the Guggenheim’s ‘Contemplating the Void’ exhibition, a celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark museum’s 50th Anniversary. They have been honored with numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award for Architecture and inducted into Interior Design Magazine’s ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2006. The firm’s designs have also been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications worldwide including the ‘Unprivate House’ exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The US National Building Museum. The firm’s celebrated recent projects include the US $80-million Sternbrauerei Salzburg (a world-class residential and mixed-use development in Salzburg, Austria), a 50,000-square-foot loft building in the heart of the Dallas Arts District and the US $250,000 ‘Rock Crystal’ chandelier for Swarovski. Their new Monograph ‘Hariri & Hariri – Architecture: Buildings & Projects’ (Images Publishing) documents the highly creative and evocative twenty-five year career of internationally acclaimed sister team, Hariri & Hariri – Architecture. This superbly designed book presents the firm’s visionary achievements, many of them previously unpublished, in the areas of urban, residential, commercial, cultural, hospitality and product design as well as art and design objects. It also includes their much publicized projects such as The Sagaponac House and Studio, the first completed in the now era-defining ‘Houses at Sagaponac’ in Long Island, New York, as well as their Wilton Pool House winner of an Interior Design Magazine “Best of Year Award,” and HGTV’s ‘Top Ten’ #1 landmark pool house.

Major Buildings and Projects

  • $80-million Sternbrauerei Salzburg (a world-class residential development in Salzburg, Austria)- COMPLETED 2014
  • Houses at Sagaponac in Long Island, New York- COMPLETED 2004
  • Canadian Coptic Village 2003- COMPETITION FINALIST

Press and Awards

  • New York Spaces- Top 50 2015
  • Architectural Digest- AD 100 2012
  • Interior Design- Best of the Year Award 2008
  • Women in Design Award 2006
  • The American Academy of Arts and Letters- Academy Awards in Architecture 2005
  • 40 Under 40 Award- 1996
  • The Architectural League of New York- Emerging Voice Award 1995

Institutional Affiliations

  • Architectural League of New York