Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture and Design (ArD) at the American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on urban heritage. Her current research theorizes socio-spatial practices and conceptualizes urban recovery in relation to processes of historical editing, urban trauma, and protracted displacement.
Professor of Urban Studies and Planning
Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the American University of Beirut. She writes about urban history and historiography, social and spatial justice, informality and the law, property and space, as well as planning practice, theory, and pedagogy. She researches, teaches, and advocates strategies for more inclusive cities.
Professor of Graphic Design
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut. His scholarly work explores mapping as a method of researching, representing and analyzing socio-spatial phenomena. His work in critical cartography has covered many subjects including urban security, public space and, most recently, refugee practices in the city. At the Lab, he directs the Critical Mapping team.
Professor of Urban Studies and Politics
Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut where she is also co-founder and research lead at the Beirut Urban Lab. Her research investigates governance and territoriality in contexts of contested sovereignty; urban activism and oppositional politics; and how people make collective life in fragmented cities. She is the author of Le Hezbollah à Beirut: de la banlieue à la ville, co-author of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’i South Beirut (with Lara Deeb), co-editor of Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decentralization in the Arab World (with Sami Atallah), and co-editor of Refugees as City-Makers (with Mona Fawaz et al.). She serves on the editorial boards of MELG, IJMES, EPC, and CSSAME.
Coordinator of the Beirut Blast Observatory
Nour Zoghby Fares
Mapping Coordinator and Designer
GIS Database Guardian, Built Environment Database
Shareef Tarhini is a perceptive and motivated geomatics engineer adept at mapping and data management. He is passionate about showing a new perspective on reality through spatializing and visualizing data. At the Lab, he is the Built Environment Database guardian, and uses
ArcGIS tools to combine information, find patterns, and make new
Technical Assistant, GIS Team
Dana Mazraani is an urbanist and architect. She holds a double master’s degree in international cooperation in urban development and planning from Université Grenoble Alpes and TU Darmstadt. Her current projects are focused on Beirut’s post-blast recovery and on examining ways of reclaiming public spaces and vacant properties in the city for shared use. Her previous research covers inclusive design, urban informality, and the transformation of Beirut’s relationship to street and outdoor life.
Soha Mneimneh’s research focuses on Beirut’s real-estate development activities and their heavy reliance on social networks, land and real-estate financing sources, social protection and housing vulnerabilities for low and middle class residents, and their connection to the city's class, sectarian and territorial divisions. She also worked on housing, land, and property issues in the areas affected by the Beirut port explosion. She holds a Master's in Urban Planning and Policy from the American University of Beirut and a Master's in Architecture from the Lebanese University.
Najmeh H. Viki is an instructor and urban researcher who works on the urban regeneration of historic cities. She earned her Bachelor's in Architectural Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (2006) and her Master's in Urban Design from the American University of Beirut in 2018. Her current research focuses on cultural heritage and participatory approaches for the recovery of cultural heritage.
Batoul Yassine is an urban designer who received a Master’s degree in Urban Design from the American University of Beirut in 2020 and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Lebanese University in 2012. She is a member of District D, a collaboration between urban planners and designers. Her research focuses on forced displacement within the discourse of informality. She is interested in residual private/public spaces and their appropriation by different communities.
Urban planning researcher and architect. She received her Bachelor's in Architecture and Master's in Urban Planning and Policy from the American University of Beirut. Abir’s research draws from the related fields of urban planning and economics, focusing on the impacts of state policies on housing justice and affordability in Beirut’s housing market over the past decade.
Hayfaa Abou Ibrahim
Leyla El-Sayed Hussein
Isabela moved to Beirut to study architecture and has been in awe of the city ever since. As a researcher at BUL, she has worked on projects that contribute to reclaiming Beirut’s coast for the public and advocating for innovative housing strategies in the city. She is currently developing her research on housing production into an urban planning thesis project within the MUPP/MUD graduate program at the department of Architecture and Design (ArD) at the American University of Beirut.
Translator and Communications Assistant
Zeina El-Hoss is a translator, editor and copywriter who holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language from the American University of Beirut. She has worked with several marketing and advertising agencies, educational institutions, and multi-disciplinary research companies in Lebanon and GCC Countries.
Masters in Urban Planning, Policy, and Urban Design
Mohamad El Chamaa
Thesis Title: Urban Recovery through Community-based Planning: The Case of Karantina
Advisor: Howayda Al-Harithy
Ranime Nahle (MUD 2021)
Thesis Title: Activating Public Life in Neighborhoods though Soft Mobility and a Network of Open Spaces: The Case of Badaro, Beirut
Thesis Committee: Mona Harb (adv.), Mona Fawaz, Serge Yazigi
Rania Nouaihed (MUPP 2021)
Thesis Title: Vacant Properties as Opportunities to Enhance Neighborhood Public Life: The Case of Badaro, Beirut
Thesis Committee: Mona Harb (adv.), Mona Fawaz, Serge Yazigi
Majd Al-Shehabi (MUPP 2021)
Thesis Title: Agent-Based Modelling of the Real Estate Market in Beirut: The Effect of Vacancy Tax as a Case Study
Thesis Committee: Ibrahim Alameddine (adv.), Mona Fawaz, Ahmad Gharbieh, D. Robinson