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Daniel Berlin is born in Copenhagen and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.
Daniel Berlin completed his architectural education at Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2012. Daniel graduated with distinction and was awarded the Merit award for best Thesis in Architecture.
After practicing in Los Angeles with Ball-Nogues he moved to Oslo to join Snøhetta in 2013. His independent work has been published widely and he frequently lectures around the world.
In Snøhetta Daniel has been working on several award-winning competitions as well as having key roles at design development stages in a variety of large-scale cultural, infrastructural and commercial projects.
Currently he is the Snøhetta project manager for Banque Libano–Française New Headquarter.
Tarek Zeidan, born in Beirut, holds a Diplôme d’études supérieures en architecture with high distinction from The Lebanese University Institute of Fine Arts.
After a long span of working with several design offices with a wide occurrence of projects ranging between mixed-use, commercial, retail, cultural, urban planning and private residences, Tarek joined nabil gholam architects in 2006. At nabil gholam architects he has been working on several projects in Lebanon and abroad and his role as Lead Design Architect had an immense benefit in shaping a line of award winning projects.
In addition to his responsibilities at the office, Tarek has been teaching Architecture Design Studios at the Lebanese American University since 2009, lectured at different universities and is member of several juries in the academic field.
Dr. George Arbid
Dr. George Arbid, architect, is a founding member and director of the Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut. He holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures en Architecture from ALBA and a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University. He taught design studios and courses in the history and theory of architecture at ALBA and the American University of Beirut.
Dr. Arbid has lectured widely about modern architecture in Lebanon and the Arab world.
Among his publications is the award-winning book Architecture from the Arab World, 1914-2014, a Selection, published at the occasion of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014 where he co-curated the Pavilion of Bahrain.
Dr. Arbid served on several local and international juries, including in 2019 the European Award for Contemporary Architecture (Mies van der Rohe prize) and the Transfer Architecture Video Award.
Georges S. Zouain
Georges S. Zouain holds a Doctorate in Development Economics and a post graduate diploma in non-linear programming both from Paris. He is the founder and principal of GAIA-heritage, a practice specialized in cultural economics, museums and art centres; it operates in countries of Europe and North Africa, in the Gulf, and elsewhere. Before opening GAIA-heritage, Georges Zouain was Deputy Director and Director a.i. of the World Heritage Centre of Unesco. He is regularly invited by Universities abroad and has published papers in Europe on cultural heritage economics.
Alexandra Mokbel graduated with distinction from the Lebanese American University in Beirut with a BS in Interior Design in Spring 2017.
During her academic life, she has built and developed a strong intellectual background and immersed herself in the architecture world, a world that she has come to love and respect.
As an emerging interior designer professional, she started working a year ago at Nayef Francis Design Studio where she has taken on multiple leadership roles that have honed her skills as a leader, communicator and most importantly a designer.
In addition to her responsibilities at the office, Alexandra expanded her education further and was eager to study about the digital world. She understood the importance of technology in our modern way of life and wanted to integrate it with design, highlighting her ambition and curious mind.
Alexandra’s main objective is to immerse herself in reputable and aggressive architectural and design firms. Her love for design reflects in every aspect of both her personal and professional life.
Mirna Bouchedid holds a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures en Architecture from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts – ALBA, and an Executive MBA from ESA – ESCP Europe.
Mirna worked for over 10 years with architecture offices in Beirut and the UAE, designing and leading projects ranging between residential, commercial, retail, mixed-use and cultural.
She joined Banque Libano-Française (BLF) in 2010 where she manages and follows-up the design and execution of several branches in Lebanon and the region, subsequent to the branch network expansion.
Mirna has been involved in the management of BLF’s New Headquarters Project from the beginning of the competition through all design phases and tendering process, and continues to play a coordination role between BLF’s management and the various consultants of the project.
Vicky Mokbel est née et a grandi à Beyrouth jusqu’en 1984. Contrainte de partir à cause de la guerre civile, elle s’installe à Paris pour obtenir son « European Bachelor of Photography » à l’école Icart Photo.
À partir de 1988, elle devient l’assistante photographe de François Henry pendant quatre ans à Paris.
Elle rentre à Beyrouth en 1993 et ouvre son propre studio où elle exerce jusqu’à ce jour. Elle collabore avec des agences publicitaires, magazines et clients, et réalise des commandes privées au Moyen-Orient.
Aujourd’hui, Vicky allie ses deux amours, la photographie et l’architecture, à travers sa série Urbaneyes.
Elle s’interroge aussi sur le quotidien de son pays dans sa série Électricité du Liban EDL On-Off/In-Out.
Youmn Hijazi is a freelance architect who recently graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from City University in Tripoli.
She grew up admiring the architecture of her hometown and chose architecture to build up her career.
During her academic years, she was aspired to see changes in the local architecture with the impact of spaces on people. Youmn has worked on many researches and papers which helped her develop knowledge about different aspects of architecture. As an ambitious architect and designer, she aims to shed the light on the forgotten beauty of Tripoli’s architecture, a living breathing museum.
Desiree holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from the Lebanese American University where she graduated with distinction. She was awarded a Gold Scholarship to pursue her graduate studies in Politecnico di Milano where she obtained an MSc. in Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design with a full grade.
Desiree has practiced architecture in notable architecture firms in Paris, Milano, and Beirut. She has participated in small to large scale constructed projects, BIM projects, and competitions that have sharpened her design acumen and technical skills.
Desiree has published her personal work in international design magazines and has had both her personal and academic work exhibited in Milano, Venezia, and Bologna. Her pavilion was selected to be exhibited in Design Pavilion in New York Times Square part of NYCxDESIGN. She has participated and won several international design competitions. Moreover, she is a LEED Green Associate and an active member of ACADIA.
Alongside Architecture, Desiree, today, avidly aspires to become proficient in computational design, the art of applied mathematics. Therefore, she immerses herself in an experimental world of digital fabrication, design algorithm, generative design, and robotics.