Foreign Office Architects, FOA, is an international architecture practice led by Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo. The firm is based in London and does masterplanning, architecture and interior design services for the public and private sectors. It was founded in 1995.
“FOA’s name refers to the fact that its principals, Alejandro Zaera Polo, and Farshid Moussavi, are Spanish and Iranian, and its office has projects in Japan, the United States, the Netherlands and Spain.”
FOA has emerged as one of the most significant architecture and urban design practices working today, known for combining technical innovation with design excellence. FOA has produced critically acclaimed and award winning projects. In their approach to architecture, FOA are new pragmatists, bringing to bear great technical rigor in their focus on organic growth and the evolution of design ‘species’ hybridizing uses relating to both local and global conditions. The work unfolds rigorously through a broad variety of locations and typologies.