Michel Mossessian

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Michel Mossessian
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Michel Mossessian in 2010
Born 1959
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Nationality French
Alma mater

École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
Cooper Union School of Architecture

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Occupation Architect

MIPIM AR Future Projects Award

Holcim Award
Practice Mossessian & Partners

Exchange House, London, UK
Vila Olímpica, Barcelona, Spain
Five Merchant Square, London, UK
NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

ExxonMobil Technology Centre, Shanghai, China

Musheireb - Heart of Doha, Doha, Qatar (in progress)

Place Lalla Yeddouna, Fez, Morocco (December 2013)

Michel Mossessian (Armenian: Միշել Մոսեսյան, born 1959) is a French architect of Armenian descent.[1] based in London, UK.


Michel Mossessian gained his diploma in architecture at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts UP N°8 in Paris, where he also engaged in philosophy under Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. He was invited to be a Villa Medicis Hors les Murs fellow at the Cooper Union School of Architecture[2] in New York, where he studied Advanced Design. He subsequently completed his masters in design studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design.[citation needed]


Mossessian worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as Senior Designer[3] in their Chicago and London offices. Along with Senior partner, Larry Oltmanns, they made a successful bid resulting in the design of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels.[4] Mossessian was made redundant in 2004 before the project was completed. Oltmanns left SOM three weeks later.[3]

In 2005, Mossessian established the architectural studio of Mossessian & Partners, where he serves as principal architect. His first building design in London was the Carmine Building, a 15-storey office building at Five Merchant Square. As part of the Paddington Basin Development, the building was topped off in 2009, by City of London Mayor, Boris Johnson.[5]

In 2010, Mossessian & Partners completed three buildings: 5 Merchant Square in Paddington, London; ExxonMobil Headquarters in Shanghai, China; and a private residence in Sorede, France. In 2011, the company won an open international competition for an urban renewal project in the Medina of Fes, Morocco,[6] which is now on site.

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  1. ^ "Armenian capital's mayor meets with architect Michel Mossessian". Armenian News. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Michel Mossessian. "My Kind of Town: New York, USA". Architecture Today. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b George Hay (2004). "Architect Quits Over Troubled NATO Project". Building. Retrieved 7 October 2014. (registration required (help)). 
  4. ^ Europe in the UK. "Michel Mossessian talks to Lucy Lethbridge". Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  5. ^ e-architect. "Mayor of London tops out landmark London building in Paddington Basin". Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.projectcompetition-fez.com/projects_projectcompetition-fez_results_e.htm

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