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We are privileged to have these distinguished Architects, Academics & Sustainable Designers as part of our Jury
Senior Lecturer, Design Instructor, USEK
Founder/Principal Alphonse Kai Architecture
Alphonse graduated from the School of Architecture, Holy Spirit University, Kaslik (USEK) in 1992, where he started teaching since 1997 as a design instructor and Senior lecturer. In that same year he Founder of JCI- Architects in partnership with Dar Aljazera Consultants, Kuwait. In 2019 he Founded Alphonse Kai Architecture.
Alphonse is a winner of more than 40 national and regional competitions. Three times winner in the International Property Awards for Best Single Family House in the arab world, for his Amchit Beach House. Best Office building in Kuwait for his KWMC Headquarters and Best residential complex in Lebanon for the Mont Mema project. Further to these, House K was nominated for building of the year 2020 in Archdaily. Alphonse was also a Jury member of the Czech Inspirelli Award for three consecutive years, 2018, 2019 & 2020
Partner, Environmental Design and Sustainability, Foster+Partners, UK
Anis is Partner at Foster+Partners, he is an expert in integrated sustainable designs with more than twenty year experience in architecture, sustainable environmental engineering and masterplannig. He worked on international projects, leading a team of environmental designers and engineers delivering projects in different cities and climates. Anis is a LEED AP and GSAS-CGP with extensive knowledge in the application of sustainability and health and wellbeing strategies. He has presented at conferences and participated in several panel discussions. Anis is a guest lecturer and design reviewer at different renowned universities, and an advisory board member for Masters courses and research projects.
Architect, Heritage Restorer; Assistant Professor, Lebanese University; President, Architects Branch, Order of Engineers & Architects, Beirut, Lebanon
Divina is one of the most dynamic multi-talented architect/activists in Beirut, she is heavily involved in education as well as promoting good architecture practice. Currently an assistance professor at the Lebanese University, and elected president of the Architects branch at the Order or Engineers and Architects, Beirut. Divina has a Bachelor degree in Architecture from AUB; in addition to a CEAA in Archeology Restoration from Nancy; France. She is currently pursuing her PhD in History, Art History and Archeology, at the University of Louvain. She was the Former President of the Architects Association – Order of Engineers and Architects – Beirut. Former Chair of the Engineering and Architecture Committee of the American University of Beirut – Alumni Association – Mount Lebanon Branch. Member of ICOMOS, LGBC, FNP. In addition to all these Divina has various types of architecture works in Lebanon and France, in addition to Numerous restorations works, currently representative for Monumenta Orientalia in Lebanon: damage assessment, restoration and supervision.
Director, CAS Architecture, Turkey
Ece has a M.Arch in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architecture Association, AA, London, 2012. She has worked on a variety of design projects in Central America, the Middle East, Central Africa, and Turkey. In addition to her architectural practice, she co-founded the research and production platform The Circle in Istanbul and is a part-time design instructor at Istanbul Bilgi University. Ece was selected as a finalist in the category of ‘Best Architect' in the 2019 WICE (European Women in Construction and Engineering) awards.
Founder, GJH architecture
Georges J Hakim (GJH) graduated from Universite du Saint Esprit de Kaslik, U.S.E.K- Faculte des Beaux Arts, Lebanon, in July 1989 (major de promotion). He is a member of the Project Management Institute PMI, Lebanon Chapter since 2006. Since his graduation he participated in local design architecture competitions and International Architecture lectures. He worked with main national architecture design firms such as Raoul Verney Architecte (1991-1994) and Pierre Neema et Associes (1994-2001) before joining “Nabil Gholam architects” in 2001. GJH followed several international workshops and Seminars on Façade Design and acquired a large experience in various types of Curtain walls and double skin Facades. He is a part time professor at both , The Holy Spirit University, Kaslik USEK and the Lebanese American University LAU. GJH founded GJH architecture (www.gjharchitecture.com) , an architecture and design firm in 2007. It is handling different type of projects, such as social, residential and interior design
Associate Professor, Univesite Saint Joseph, Lebanon
Joseph Rustom is a conservation architect and Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. He holds a doctoral degree in urban planning from the Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany and master’s degrees in architecture, architectural heritage preservation, and urban archaeology. He was research fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Forum Transregional Studies – Berlin, and the German Research Foundation (DFG). After holding the position of Director of Studies at the Académie libanaise des beaux-arts (ALBA) for ten years, he will head the Oriental Library of the Saint Joseph University starting January 2023.
Module leader, MSc Architecture and Environmental Design, University of Westminster, UK
Juan is an architect graduated from the School of Architecture of the University of Granada in 2010. Completed his postgraduate studies in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA School of Architecture in 2013 and was awarded PhD at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham in 2018. His expertise lies in the field of passive design, natural ventilation and evaporative cooling techniques.
Since 2015, Juan is Visiting Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design (MSc) at the School of Architecture + Cities of the University of Westminster (London), where he regularly lectures on environmental design principles, passive design techniques and building simulation tools. Juan also collaborates with the School of Sustainability (SOS) since it was founded in 2015. During the past years, he has been working in Naturalcooling Ltd as an environmental consultant on projects in the UK and abroad, performing feasibility studies, dynamic thermal performance analysis and detailed design evaluation. He is part of the Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) technical committee and more recently he set up his own practice in Spain.
Born in a hot, dry climate, his main interest lies in the field of passive cooling techniques and extends to the fields of air quality control measures, parametric design optimization and data processing & visualization techniques. Consequently, he actively contributed to the development of Optivent 2.0, a natural ventilation steady-state calculation tool to support strategic decisions regarding the feasibility of natural ventilation during the early design stage and co-authored the book The Architecture of Natural Cooling released in 2020.
Dr. Boujaoude, is an Architect with a Doctorate in Project Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and International Business. The learning diversity that Dr. Boujaoude chose to get hold of opens a variety of teaching dimensions which makes her able to teach design, planning, cost control, as well as construction courses. Her main areas of expertise are in Sustainable design planning and management. She has been involved in several local projects from design to construction, experiencing the current fragmentation of architecture practice while focusing on the importance of communication between all involved parties of a project to achieve a successful result. Her research study is in the fields of design and construction management, team organization, sustainable strategies and ethics in architecture. She has several publications in International Peer-reviewed Journals
RIBA, ARB, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, BREEAM AP
Mina leads SOM’s sustainability and wellbeing operations and long-term vision for achieving excellence in practice. She has experience in a wide variety of projects in Europe, UK, Middle East, and Asia, bringing a greater understanding of the implications for sustainable and equitable design in different climatic, social, and regulatory contexts.
As a recognised expert in her field, Mina has been elected to, and is actively involved in the UKGBC Board of Trustees, RIBA Council and the Practice & Policy Committee, CAA (as Chair of Practice), LETI Steering Committee, UNEP/GlobalABC’s COP Task Force, CIC Climate Change Committee, WorldGBC Advancing Net Zero Steering Committee and CIBSE Intelligent Buildings (as Vice Chair).
Mina regularly contributes to the wider climate change debate in her role as tutor at various academic institutions. She is also the author of a new book structured around the Climate Framework topics, due to be published in March 2023.
Architect +Photographer + Coach , Spain
Associate, Director of Design, Nabil Gholam Architect, Spain
Richard born in Beirut in 1975. The first of a 15 long war years in Lebanon that marked him and his generation. He started artistic and professional photography early in the nineties, while studying architecture at the American university of Beirut. With the post war reconstruction, studying architecture design seemed the way to go in order to secure a decent future in Lebanon. He later graduated as an architect where he received the “Areen Award of Excellence in Architecture”. He currently also holds a master’s degree in personal and professional coaching. After working for five years at Bernard Khoury Architects DW5, he joined Nabil Gholam Architects, where he became an associate. In 2006, with the beginning of a new devastating war in Beirut, he found himself compelled to leave to Spain where he played a key role in the foundation of the European office for nga. Richard currently heads the ngª the design department and directs the Sevilla office. He also plays a key role in the management and development of the firm. As a member of the ngª management team he is responsible for many aspects of business and design development for projects in Lebanon, Europe and the Arab world. On the artistic side, he is also an accomplished photographer whose work has been published and exhibited internationally.
Principal at GRAS, India
Gras is a holistic architecture and design practice. He is an architect by profession, with over 10 years of experience. He studied Masters in Sustainable Environmental Design (M Arch SED) from the prestigious Architectural Association, London. An experienced Senior Architect in sports, entertainment and convention exhibition venue projects, he has worked on various international projects in the UK, Australia, China, South East Asia and India including marquee projects in India like the Motera Cricket Stadium, the International Convention cum Trade zone in Bhubaneswar, the new Pragati Maidan Masterplan redevelopment, New Delhi and an upcoming 25,000 seater Indoor Arena. He has been the Design Project Manager, for then architects of the world’s largest cricket stadium at Motera, Ahmedabad with a total seating capacity of 1,10,000. Most recently, he is at the forefront of the upcoming 75,000 seater International Cricket Stadium in Rajasthan, India. He is also into creating sustainable homes and offices and is currently working with clients in the Middle East and in India.
Senior architect; Zaha Hadid Architects, UK
Bruno gained his degree in Architecture at the ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome. Following that, he enrolled in the Sustainable Environmental Design Programme at the Architectural Association of London, where in 2011 he graduated with a Masters degree. His passion for Architecture brought him to various roles in Italy, the Netherlands and finally London were he gained experience in several organisations including Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners. Over the years he has had the opportunity to be involved in various international projects such as the Google HQ in London designed together with Bjarke Ingels Group, the MOCAA in Cape Town, the Forestias, a residential neighbourhood in Bangkok, and many others mainly in Europe and Asia. Nowadays, his main interest is in parametric and complex geometries. He currently works as a Senior Architect for ZHA.
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