Hani Rashid was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1958 to a British mother and Egyptian father and raised in England and Canada. He received his bachelor of architecture degree in 1983 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a masters of
architecture degree in 1985 from the Cranbrook Academy of
Art in the USA.
In 1988 he co-founded with partner Lise Anne Couture (*1959),
Asymptote, architectural design and research practice,
based in New York. Hani has been a professor of architecture at the Columbia University graduate school of architecture and planning
since 1989. In 1995 he co-developed the School’s advanced
digital design program and has also been taught at numerous
universities including the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen,
the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles,
the University of Lund, Weden, the graduate school of design
at Harvard University and the Stadleschule in Frankfurt.
Asymptote has produced a body of work that has placed the
practice at the forefront of architectural and interactive digital design. Asymptote's projects range from spatial experimentation and installations to building and urban design to computer generated environments and architectures. They have created a virtual trading floor for the New York
Stock Exchange and the Guggenheim Virtual Museum, which are fully navigable interactive multi-dimensional architectural environments.
Other clients include the Osaka Gas, the Kyoto Research Park
and Knoll International. Hani Rashid was also one of two United States representatives who exhibited in the American Pavillion during the Venice Biennale in 2000.
The work of Asymptote is in various museum collections including MoMA, SFMoMA, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Netherlands Institute of Architecture and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim.