in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

November 1, 2019 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Gisue Hariri, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Mojgan Hariri, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Julia Gamolina, Madame Architect

Cocktail designed by:
Toby Cecchini, Bartender + Author

Gisue Hariri Co-founder and Principle Design Director, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Mojgan Hariri, AIA, Co-founder and President, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Hariri & Hariri Architecture is a New York City–based multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born, Cornell-educated sisters Gisue Hariri & Mojgan Hariri. Today they are celebrated as two of the most accomplished women in American architecture and design and are described as one of the most progressive and out-of-the-box firms currently working in the United States. Their projects range from luxury residential developments and hotels, to single-family houses, and high-concept, high-tech experiments. For the Hariris, design is a holistic, boundary-less enterprise, ranging from master planning and architecture to interior design, furniture, lighting, product design, and jewelry. Gisue Hariri has devoted time to teaching since 1987, to emphasize the importance of academic and philosophical discourse within the context of a professional practice, and has been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and a Visiting Critic at Cornell University. She is an activist promoting “Women Empowerment, Equality & Equity” for all women, especially in the male-dominated field of architecture. The firm’s work with leading international corporations, developers, and fashion labels, along with cultural, institutional and high-profile private clients, demonstrates their multi-faceted practice, which includes an acclaimed Swarovski ‘Crystal Palace Collection’ chandelier, and ‘Kryptonite’ couture jewelry collection. The Hariris have been honored with numerous awards, including the 2015 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the career achievement award by PAAIA. They received the 2005 “Academy Award for Architecture” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and were inducted into the Design Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2010 they were named as one of today’s greatest talents in Architecture & Design in AD-100 by the Architectural Digest and in 2014, they were included on the Design Power-100 list by Surface Magazine. Their recent monograph, Hariri & Hariri: Leading Architects, published in January 2018 by The Images Publishing Group celebrates the firm’s nearly three decade of international projects and work.

Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA, Founder and Editor, Madame Architect
Julia Gamolina, Assoc. AIA, is dedicated to the built environment and the advancement of the women who work in it. Trained as an architect, she is the Founder and Editor of, an online publication profiling the women that advance the practice of architecture. Thus far, Gamolina has published over 90 interviews with architects and designers, as well as CEOs, publicists, journalists, business developers, lawyers, and more. In June 2019, she received the Special Citation from AIANY for her work. Gamolina received her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University, graduating with the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for exceptional merit in the thesis of architecture.

Toby Cecchini, Bartender & Author
Toby Cecchini is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times' Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008. In 2013 he reopened the shuttered Long Island Bar in Cobble Hill Brooklyn.