Mustafa Faruki is an architectural designer, artist and educator. He has exhibited, presented and lectured on his design work at the Cooper Union, Barnard College, Parsons, MoMA and the Drawing Center, where he was a participant in Open Sessions, a two year residency and exhibition program. He was a lecturer in the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, where his teaching focused on narratives of struggle and resilience found in the visual culture of Asians in America, and was the 2018-19 Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.
In 2011, Mustafa founded theLab-lab, a design practice dedicated to exploring unconventional provocations and outputs available to architectural drawing and design. The practice focuses on architectures that are instigated by clients such as humor, desire, memory, irony, alienation, vulgarity and loss. Projects by theLab-lab have received support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Drawing Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. In 2017, theLab-lab was one of six firms awarded the prestigious League Prize for Young Architects and Designers by the Architectural League of New York.