Michel Mossessian: An Emerging Architect Extraordinaire

Michel Mossessian is among the world’s emerging architects set on making their mark in the world. The French architect has a diploma in architecture from the prestigious École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts UP N°8 in Paris, France where he was also actively involved in philosophy with Michael Foucault and Jacques Derrida.

Upon his graduation, he was invited to the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York as a Villa Medicis Hors les Murs fellow. During his time here, he studied the principles and practices of Advanced Design that contributed to his success in completing his master’s degree in design studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Mossessian honed his chops by working as Senior Designer for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in both its London and Chicago offices. He and Larry Oltmanns, a Senior Partner, made a successful bud for the design and construction of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels. But his services were terminated in 2004 even before the project’s completion.

As any brilliant architect will do in this situation, Mossessian established Mossessian & Partners, an architectural studio where he is principal architect. His first building design was the Carmine Building, a London-based 15-storey office building; since the Carmine Building was part of the Paddington Basin Development, it was topped off by Boris Johnson, the City of London Mayor.

Mossessian & Partners were highly productive in 2010 with the completion of three buildings, namely, the 5 Merchant Square (London, England); a private home (Sorede, France); and ExxonMobil Headquarters (Shanghai, China). Mossessian is instrumental in all of these projects in his capacity as principal architect, a fact that extends to the completion of the schematic designs for a major public square and 26 buildings in Qatar’s Msheireb regeneration project.

The studio was also awarded the urban renewal project in Morocco’s Medina of Fes urban renewal project; it was won via an open international completion.