Mona El Hallak Ghaibeh

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Personal information

Title: 
Architect, Curator, Director, NGO Founder

Contact information (work)

Postal code: 
113-6097
City: 
Beirut
Country: 
Lebanon
Mobile phone: 
961 3 731193
Work email address: 
monaelhallak@gmail.com

Education

Master's degree, Architecture, 1994, Syracuse University - Florence Program, United States of America.
Bachelor degree, 1990, Architecture, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Architecture
Art (Curator)
Heritage Preservation
Activism
Languages: 
Arabic
English
French
Italian

Work history

Director and Architect, 2000 - present, Mona El Hallak - Architect.

Senior Associate, 1991 - 2000, Rais & Jamal – Architects and Engineers.

Honorary office and memberships

Member of the Order of Engineers and Architects, 1990 - present.

Executive Committee Member of the "Association pour le Sauvegarde des Sites et Anciens Demeures au Liban" [Association for the Protection of Sites and Old Buildings in Lebanon] (APSAD), 2006 - present.

Founding member of Irab (Non-governmental organization for archiving Arab music), 2005 - present.

Founding Member of Zakira (Non-governmental organization for promoting photography), 2005 - present.

Productions

Major achievements: 
  • Succeeded in lobbying for the preservation of the "Barakat Building" in Sodeco between 1994 and 2009. The building currently known as Beit Beirut will be turned into a museum in commemoration of the city of Beirut.
  • Succeeded in lobbying for the preservation of the eclectic “toy block” building in Sanayeh facing the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, 2000.
  • Design of Several Architectural Projects including:
    - Burj Kronfol Residential Tower, Mathaf - Beirut, 2011.
    - Le Cyprés Residential Tower (Under Construction), Beirut, 2011.
    - Talleh 2550 Residential Building (Under Construction), Beirut, 2010.
    - The View Residential Tower (Under Construction), Beirut, 2010.
    - Sands Residential Building (Under Construction), Ramlet el Baida - Beirut, 2009.
    - Waves Residential Building (Under Construction), Ramlet el Baida - Beirut, 2009.
    - Jabado Garden Residential Building, Qraytem - Beirut, 2006.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 

"Museum of Memory" (Installation), The National Heritage Day, Unesco Palace, Beirut, 2009.

"Lost Faces" (installation), Ayloul Festival, Le Grenier, Beirut, 2001.

Participated as a speaker at several public lectures:
- "The Fate of Heritage Buildings in Lebanon", The Samir Kassir Foundation (2010),
- "From the Barakat Building to the Museum of Memory", The Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan (2009),
- "The War as Memorial and Monument", UMAM Research and Documentation workshop (2009),
- "The First National Heritage Conference", Nabatieh (2007),
- "About Beirut Heritage Preservation", Haigazian University (2003).

Awards and Distinctions

Granted the "Areen Award" for Excellence in Architecture by the School of Architecture at the American University of Beirut (AUB) for the final year project, 1990.