Pierre Hage Boutros
D.E.S. Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Interior Architecture, Lebanese University, Lebanon
Pierre Hage-Boutros, a graduate of the Institut National des Beaux-Arts, is an interior architect who lives and works in Beirut. He has taught at the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK) and served as the Chair of the Interior Design Department (2002-2006). He also taught at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) where he co-launched in 1996 the Atelier de Recherche, a trans-disciplinary workshop focusing on city issues. Over the years, Atelier de Recherche has initiated several projects addressing the nature of the public space in the city of Beirut and the narratives it generates. His keen interest in the city and the potential of objects and places to become political and social statements led him, along with the architect Rana Haddad, to establish a design practice called dblu. Its main focus is the constraints and challenges of existing spatial structures, remodeling interiors and attending to the microscale. This is achieved through the design of custom-made pieces, tackling the specificities of each situation and bringing into play the local skills available in Lebanon. Pierre Hage-Boutros has produced several installations and performance works in Beirut, Mantes la Jolie, Bern, Geneva and Algeria, along with collaborations with various NGOs.