Howayda Al-Harithy

Howayda Al-Harithy

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

Howayda Al-Harithy

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture and Design (ArD) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). 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.

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Mona Fawaz

Mona Fawaz

Professor of Urban Studies and Policy

Mona Fawaz

Professor of urban studies and planning and Coordinator of the Masters in Urban Planning, Policy and Design 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.

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Ahmad Gharbieh

Ahmad Gharbieh

Professor of Graphic Design

Ahmad Gharbieh

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.

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Mona Harb

Mona Harb

Professor of Urban Studies and Politics

Mona Harb

Professor of urban studies and politics at the American University of Beirut. Her ongoing research investigates the public domain, local governance and displacement, as well as urban activism and oppositional politics. She is the author of many publications on decentralization and public goods, cultural geography and piety, and Islamist urban politics. She serves on the editorial boards of MELGIJMES, and IJURR, and is a trustee of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences. She is the founder and co-editor of the Cities Page on Jadaliyya.

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Dounia Salamé

Dounia Salamé

Lab Coordinator and Researcher

Dounia Salamé
Dounia Salamé is an urban researcher and social scientist. She holds a M.Sc. in Urban Studies from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Montreal). She is interested in research exploring avenues for spatial justice, and worked on issues such as women in public spaces, housing justice, everyday urban practices and others. She currently coordinates the Lab’s functioning and projects, as well as Refugees as City-Makers.
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Michelle Moawad

Michelle Moawad

Lab Coordinator and Researcher

Michelle Moawad

Michelle Moawad majored in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which is her area of interest and passion. She enjoys working with large data and its annoying details and hence is currently handling and coordinating many of the lab's projects, datasets, and logistics.

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Nour Zoghby Fares

Nour Zoghby Fares

Mapping Coordinator and Designer

Nour Zoghby Fares
Nour Zoghby Fares is an architect and urban designer. She graduated from Columbia University where she was awarded both the school’s highest design award and the prize for excellency in design. Her passion and research aim to provide resilient, innovative, sustainable and inclusive design solutions in challenging situations. At the Lab, she coordinates the Critical Mapping team.
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Ismail Hutet

Ismail Hutet

Mapping and Visualization Designer

Ismail Hutet

Ismail Hutet obtained his bachelor of Architecture from AUB in 2017. With a professional background in architecture and lighting, he is part of the Critical Mapping team working on several on-going projects while taking the lead on the neighborhood-level recovery mapping as part of the Beirut Urban Lab multi-track program in response to the Beirut Blast on August 4.

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Shareef Tarhini

Shareef Tarhini

GIS Database Guardian, Built Environment Database

Shareef Tarhini

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 connections.

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Ali Khodr

Ali Khodr

Research Coordinator

Ali Khodr

Ali Khodr is an architect, urban designer and historian whose work intersects research, education and practice. He received his Bachelor in Architecture from AUB and completed his Masters of Science in Architectural Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017). Khodr has work, research and teaching experience across Lebanon, Poland, Spain, Italy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United States. He currently coordinates the Imagining Futures project and Levant Carta.

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Dana Mazraani

Dana Mazraani

Research Coordinator

Dana Mazraani

Dana Mazraani is an architect and urbanist. She holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture and a double master’s degree in International Cooperation in Urban Planning from TU Darmstadt and Université Grenoble Alpes. She currently coordinates a research project on shared spaces that examines ways of reclaiming public spaces and vacant properties in the city. Her previous research covers the transformation of Beirut’s relationship to street and outdoor life, inclusive design and environmental access, and urban informality.

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Najmeh Viki

Najmeh Viki

Research Coordinator

Najmeh Viki

Najmeh H. Viki is an instructor and urban researcher who works on the urban regeneration of historic cities. She earned her Bachelor in Architectural Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (2006) and her Masters in Urban Design from AUB in 2018. Her current research focuses on cultural heritage and participatory approaches for the recovery of cultural heritage.

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Batoul Yassine

Batoul Yassine

Research Coordinator

Batoul Yassine

Batoul Yassine is an urban designer that achieved her master’s from the American University of Beirut in 2020 and a master’s in Architecture from the Lebanese University in 2012. She is a member of District D which is 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.

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Luna Dayekh

Luna Dayekh

Researcher

Luna Dayekh
Luna Dayekh holds a BA in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield. Her current work focuses on the post-blast recovery and mapping COVID-19 responses in Lebanon.
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Soha Mneimneh

Soha Mneimneh

Researcher

Soha Mneimneh

Soha Mneimneh’s research focuses on the impact of public planning policies, particularly housing finance, on developers’ building activities and middle-class residents’ struggle to secure shelter in Beirut. Her research has also looked at the intersection of market activities and sectarianism, demonstrating that heavy reliance on financial networks has exacerbated urban territorial divisions in Beirut. She holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy from AUB’s MSFEA.

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Abir Zaatari

Abir Zaatari

Researcher

Abir Zaatari

Abir Zaatari is an urban planning researcher and architect. She received her Bachelor in Architecture and Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from AUB’s MSFEA. 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.

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Isabela Serhan

Isabela Serhan

Research Assistant

Isabela Serhan

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 at AUB.

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Affiliated students

Masters in Urban Planning, Policy, and Urban Design

Hayfa Abou Ibrahim

Thesis Title: Multiple Housing Strategies: Doha Aramoun as a Case-Study

Advisor: Mona Fawaz

 

Ranime Nahle

Thesis Title: TBA

Advisor: Mona Harb

 

Rania Nouaihed

Thesis Title: TBA

Advisor: Mona Harb

 

Majd Al Shihabi

Thesis Title: TBA

Advisor: Ibrahim Alameddine

Graphic Design Trainees

Lea Al Chaa (Summer 2020)
Myriam Khoury (Summer 2020)
Tala Chehayeb (Summer 2020)