Cocktails & Conversation is a series of dialogues about design that joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Each program includes a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event.

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, 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.