Rashid was born in Cairo in 1958. He studied architecture in Canada and in the United States, before opening his New York Asymptote Studio in 1988. He holds various teaches posts worldwide, and with his studio has designed a vast range of works that place him well ahead of his peers in the field of digital design. His projects span from experimental spatial installations to digital architecture. His most innovative works include two multi-dimensional and interactive architectural environments, i.e. the New York Stock Exchange Virtual Trading Floor and the Guggenheim Virtual Museum.
Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, founders and principals of Asymptote Architecture, have received international acclaim for their innovative work and contribution to design excellence. Recognized as leading practitioners and academics of their generation, Asymptotes projects are being realized on various scales, including that of urban planning, buildings, interiors, product design and multi-media installations.