They shine, they envision, they create, they shape up and make the world of others a lovelier and more comfortable place to live.
These are the architects who influence the world, and among the most influential in the Middle East in 2019, these Lebanese have made it to the top list, according to Middle East Architect.
#1 Ali Basbous
Founder of studio BAD (Built by Associative Data), with a focus on Lebanon, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Lebanese architect Ali Basbous was shortlisted at the MEA Awards 2018.
Among the various projects he worked on: One Independence Square, 36’ Citadelle, and various schools for orphans in Lebanon via NGOs, as well as Alikimia Barcelona, and CREP UAE. His studio is involved in various social and welfare activities across Asia and Africa.
#2 Hala Younes
Winner of MEA Awards 2018 Residential Project of the Year, Lebanese architect and landscape designer, Hala Younes is also an academic at the Lebanese American University.
She’s currently working on a development project at Timimoun in Algeria, a base camp of 60,000 sq m2.
Among her achievements, Terrace House in Qalaat al Hsar, the Lebanon Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2018, and Al Mantara Cultural Center in Chatine (Lebanon).
#3 Karim Moussawer
Based in Beirut where he founded his practice Paralx, Karim Moussawer was shortlisted for an MEA Award for Residential Project of the Year for his project Y Chalet in Lebanon.
His most recent key projects include DL Project in Lebanon, Office Park in Saudi Arabia, Debbas d3 showroom in the UAE, and he’s working on the Beirut Digital District, and Ascott La Villas Hotel in Riyadh.
#4 Joe Tabet
With offices in Beirut, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, Joe Tabet is acclaimed for building an innovative brand with an international property portfolio.
He’s the head of a 49-member team at his practice and was awarded the MEA’s Principal of the Year 2017 and shortlisted for the year 2018.
Among his firm’s recent projects: Morocco Winter Retreat Resort, Mango House in Seychelles, Water Club and Cornish el Qawassim in Ras El-Khaymah, the Business District in Al-Marjan Island also in Ras El-Khaymah, The starfish Resort and Ras El-Akhdar Hotel in Abu Dhabi, and Moray Falls Retreat in Sri Lanka.