Iman Fayyad is an architect and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Fayyad’s research and design practice focuses on descriptive and analytic geometry and the role they play in shaping our experience of space. Her work on pictorial ambiguity and projective systems is driven by an interest in the cognitive disconnect between reality and perception and explores ideas of movement and dynamism in static form. Fayyad’s independent and collaborative work has been published and exhibited in Log, Archinect, PLOT, Rumor, Yale Architecture Gallery, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Roca Gallery in London.
Prior to the GSD, Fayyad served as lecturer at Princeton University and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Fayyad was the inaugural John Irving Innovation Fellow at Harvard GSD where she conducted research on historical and contemporary geometric techniques in architecture, examining the relationship between three-dimensional form, representation, and construction.
Fayyad holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT and a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Certificate of Merit, Faculty Design Award, and the Araldo A. Cossutta Prize for Design Excellence. She has given lectures and served on juries at several institutions including MIT, Harvard, Princeton, RISD, The Cooper Union, Northeastern University, the City College of New York, and the AIA Center for Architecture in Washington, DC. Fayyad has practiced in several offices in the United States and Europe. Most recently, she was a designer at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York.
Iman Fayyad, Instructor