Lise Anne Couture is an Associate Professor in Practice at Columbia GSAPP. Couture has held numerous prestigious academic appointments including the Bishop Chair and Saarinen Chair at Yale University, the Muschenheim Fellowship at the University of Michigan, the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design as well as distinguished visiting professorships at Princeton University, SciArc, the University of Virginia, l’Université de Montréal, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, MIT and Cornell University.
She is co-founder with Hani Rashid of Asymptote Architecture, a New York-based multi-disciplinary design practice. Asymptote Architecture is a leading international architecture practice that has achieved recognition globally for its intelligent, innovative and visionary projects that include building designs, master planning projects, installations, virtual reality environments, exhibition design, interiors as well as product and furniture design.
Asymptote’s completed projects include the award winning ARC Multimedia Theater and Cultural Center in Daegu South Korea, the Yas Marina Hotel in Abu Dhabi; the HydraPier cultural pavilion in the Netherlands; 166 Perry Street a 50,000 square foot residential building in New York City and the Univers Theater in Aarhus Denmark. The firm has also designed master planning projects for the cities of Bergamo, Italy; Baku, Azerbaijian; Prague, Czech Republic; Monterrey, Mexico; Changsha, China and Penang, Malaysia. Presently Asymptote is completing a 300,000 square foot headquarter building in Ghent Belgium as well as residential and mixed use towers in Miami and Moscow. In 2015 Asymptote received the commission to design the new Hermitage Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia.
Asymptote has also produced installations and exhibition design often involving multimedia technologies for venues such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao; the ICA Philadelphia, DOCUMENTA XI in Kassel, Germany; the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, the Ministry of Public Works in Madrid and the CCA in Montreal. In 2004 Rashid and Couture were chosen as the design architects for Metamorph, the Ninth Venice Architecture Biennale.
The work of Asymptote has been exhibited widely and is part of numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Netherlands Institute of Architecture (NAI), the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Frac Centre in Orléans, France and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Couture and Rashid have received numerous awards for their buildings and in 2004 were awarded the Frederick Kiesler Prize in recognition of exceptional contribution to the merging of art and architecture. Couture has also been awarded a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship a NYSCA grant for design research. She is a New York State Registered Architect and serves on the GSA’s Design Excellence Peer Review Board. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Canada and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.