Scientific Committee


Founding Member and Director of the Arab Center for Architecture in Beirut

George Arbid 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.


Associate Professor in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Lebanese University

Jihad Farah holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from University of Liege. His thesis focused on governance and urban fragmentation in the suburbs of Beirut. In his post-doctoral research at the University of Lyon, he studied uses of ICT technologies in the context of environmental projects by Lyon and Brussels cities’ authorities. At the Lepur research center at the University of Liege, he worked as researcher on European action–research projects tackling sustainable urban development and green infrastructure issues. His more recent research activities in Lebanon focus on governance of environmental (solid waste management, climate change) and contested public space issues especially at the local level.  


Dean, School of Architecture and Design, Lebanese American University
Professor, School of Architecture and Design, Lebanese American University

Elie Haddad holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania USA, 
M.Sc. in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania USA, 
M.Sc. in Architecture from University of Cincinnati USA
, and Bachelor of Architecture from Boston Architectural College USA. Dr. Elie G. Haddad is the dean of the School of Architecture and Design since Fall 2012. He joined LAU in Fall 1994, as an Assistant Professor in architecture. He served as Chair of the Department of Architecture & Interior Design from 2000 to 2005, and as Assistant Dean in the newly founded School of Architecture & Design from 2009 to 2012. Besides his administrative and academic duties, Dr. Haddad remains actively involved in research , and has recently co-edited a survey on contemporary architecture around the world, published by Ashgate in 2014.


Affiliate faculty, American University of Beirut
Co-founder and President of the Lebanese Landscape Association (LELA)
Founding Member and Senior Fellow in the Cambridge Center for Landscape and People

Jala Makhzoumi studied architecture in Baghdad, holds a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from Sheffield University and a Master in Environmental Design from Yale University. Jala advocates an expansive, developmental landscape approach to mediate community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection and landscape heritage conservation. Her professional and academic expertise includes postwar recovery, energy efficient site planning and sustainable urban greening. Her publications include Ecological Landscape Design and Planning: the Mediterranean context (co-author Pungetti, Spon, 1999) and The Right to Landscape: contesting landscape and human rights (co-editors Egoz and Pungetti, Ashgate, 2012). In 2013, Jala co-established UNIT44 a Lebanon based practice offering services in architecture, landscape architecture, ecological planning and urban design.