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Hani Rashid Studio

Mission Statement Hani Rashid’s studio programs focus the development of conceptual, practical and critical skills and means for the making new, compelling and forward thinking architecture. The studio focus moves within architecture as an object-driven pursuit towards an environmental and phenomenological response and entity. Operative terms within this studio include architecture as atmospheric phenomena, optic and experiential entity, all as a means of understanding and creating architecture as a an intelligent and effective response to new forms of dwelling and being.

Students in Studio_Hani Rashid are encouraged to consider all aspects of spacial form making in terms of not only geometric and formal approaches but also as experiential and experimental outcomes. The studio focusses heavily on model making (both digital and analog). The studio places a great deal of emphasis on a ‘proof of concept’ approach utilizing physical models, animation and computer-generated imaging as well as diagrams and data sets. This also covers installation work in support of all spatial and architectural arguments, design concepts and strategies.│http://www.studio-hani-rashid.at/

Hani Rashid Co-founded the New York-based office Asymptote Architecture with Lise Anne Couture in 1989. The practice has been situated on the forefront of technological innovation in the field of architecture, urban planning, art and design. Hani Rashid has received numerous awards and recognition for visionary projects ranging in scale from art installations to large scale building design. In 2000 Hani Rashid co-represented the United States at the 7th Venice International Architecture Biennale and in 2004, Asymptote designed the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale and was awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture. In 2008 Hani Rashid served as the Kenzo Tange chair at Harvard University’s GSD and has held visiting professorships at Princeton University, Columbia University in New york and the ETH in Zurich.

Asymptote is currently working on a broad range of projects in the United States, Europe and Asia. Recently Asymptote’s Yas Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi has achieved world recognition as an important iconic building for the city of Abu Dhani and the UAE region. Asymptote is currently completing the ARC River Culture Pavilion, a multimedia museum in Daegu South Korea. Other projects under construction presently including two residential towers in the Yongsan district of Seoul, Korea, Twin towers in Zhehzou China and a headquarters for the ING bank in Gent Belgium.

Asymptote has received numerous prestigious awards including the AIA NY chapter award, Middle Eastern Architecture Awards and Le Grand Prix de l’Architecture in Paris. The work of Asymptote is part of numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Netherlands Institute of Architecture (NAI), the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Frac Centre in Orléans, France  and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The practice’s work has been the subject of 3 monographs and is widely published internationally in professional journals as well as the general press.