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Our Creative Minds

Syrbanism is committed to developing a vibrant network of young Syrian urbanists who are coming together to share knowledge and build expertise.
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Areej Alchalabi

Architect

Areej is an architect and urban designer specialized in Architectural Design. She is TurkiyeBurslari Alumna. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Damascus University and a Master of Science degree in Architectural design from Anadolu University in Turkey, Previously, Areej worked as an architect for Ensamble Studio in Madrid, Spain, following experimental approaches to architectural and urban spaces, relying on exploring the technologies that build them. She also worked as a co-author to non-profit organizations concerned with spatial changes during conflict.

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Badi Sultan

Architect

Badii holds a bachelor of architecture from Damascus university in 2016 participated in several workshops in Damascus university about future housing He moved to Detroit, United States in 2017 there he started working as a designer in a couple of firms in the commercial sector, In addition to joining the red cross disaster action team to aid people affected by single and multi-family incidents; usually home fires He developed a keen interest in urban research to tackle social issues As well as Striving to Provide creative solutions for the ever-changing local and global challenges of urbanization especially in third world countries or conflicted areas

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Fadi Bakhos

Architect

Fadi is an Architect graduated from Damascus University in 2016. After working for one and half years as a Junior Architect back in Syria, he traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to fill a position of Project Manager at Newline Limited. Experienced Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Skilled in project design and management.

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Hazem Raad

Urban Development Practitioner

Syrian architect, graduated the Faculty of Architecture in Damascus University on 2015, became a Chevening Scholar on 2017 and finished an MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development late 2018. Specializing in the prospects of urbanization of the camp space, Hazem has been working with Oxfam Syria, and recently joined the team of the EU Proactive Resilience project implemented by Oxfam, a pioneer sustainability development project funded by the EU. Hazem has worked with several urban and architectural activism collectives, had his work exhibited in The Bartlett and Cambridge University among others, and is a published analyst on the critique of development in the Middle East, and the power structures of the domain.

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Kinda Ghannoum

Graphic designer

Kinda is an architect and graphic designer specialised in branding and graphic design.
She holds a Diploma degree in Architecture from Damascus University.
Kinda works as a freelancer graphic designer in Belgium. Previously she worked at MTN Syria as Digital Coordinator, and as Graphic designer in many organisation and NGOs in Syria. She Organised events in Syria as Startup weekend Damascus, and TEDx.
She is awarded : Gold Winner in Logos Category & Silver winner in Branding Category, Indigo Award 2018, Indigo Award 2019, Gold Winner in Logos Category & Branding Category. Also one of the winners of 100 BEST ARABIC POSTERS Round 02 of 2018.
Merit Award (Professional Level) in Hiiibrand Awards 2018.

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Laya Abou Assaleh

Architect

Syrian Architect based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Works at Atayants Architectural Studio since 2017, with specialty in execution drawings for residential buildings, hotels and churches, in addition to 3D modeling, rendering and concept album development.
Laya holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Damascus University, Syria, and a Master’s degree with excellence (Red Diploma) in Architecture from Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU), Russia.
Laya has two published academic articles in Russian, in light of her participation in the IX Creative Forum: “Architectural Seasons at SPbGASU", 2019.

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Loris Haddad

Architect

is currently a Master student in Szent István university in Hungary on a scholarship program. Studying Landscape Architecture and Garden Design. Graduated in 2015 from Damascus University with a Bachelor degree in Architecture. Worked as an Architecture and Interior designer in Damascus for couple Architectural offices during 2015-2018, and working now as a Freelancer Designer. Participated in several workshops and competitions in Damascus University, and awarded the second place in "Furniture Emergency kit" competition. She is interested in Urban Landscape planning and urban green systems that study the relation between humans and their urban environment.

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Majida Malo

Architect

is a Syrian architect graduated from Damascus University in 2017, moved recently to Paris to obtain a Master’s Degree. Majida previously worked as a Research Assistant with IWlab on the research “informalities for reconstruction” by which she participated and presented in the Conference of “Reconstructing Neighborhoods of War” at Orient Institute Beirut. She worked with Fouad Takla Co and Artware Corp. She has as well Participations in various workshops and exhibitions examining transitional and future housing in Syria.

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Mary Shoufan

Architect

Mary Shoufan is an architect, who is interested in the ongoing impact of political systems on the built environment and the resulting effect on everyday life and society. Mary is currently working for a global design lead firm in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Miami University, after attending undergraduate studies for five years at Damascus University. Mary received the AIA student award in 2017, and the ARCC King Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Design in 2018

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Maya Ghannoum

Architect

Maja Ghannoum is currently a Master student in Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Studying Architecture and Urban Design. Graduated in 2016 from Damascus University with a Bachelor degree in Architecture with Honor. Worked as an Architect in Damascus for couple Architectural offices during 2016-2018, and working now as a Freelancer Architect and Designer. Participated in several workshops in Damascus University, and with a collaboration with European Universities such as Italy, Venice for the Sketch for Syria exhibition and also in The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. As a part of Urbegony - Architects Without Borders. Syria, Maja took a part in several exhibitions in Europe like the London - Festival of Architecture, and Individually in Italy, Venice for the Sketch for Syria exhibition and also in Germany, Ulm

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Rana Shehabi

Architect

s an Architect, graduated from Damascus university, class of 2015 and worked as a designer in architecture firm in Damascus, Syria. She Assisted and participated in several workshops in Syria and Europe between 2010 and 2018. 
In 2018, she moved to Lisbon, Portugal; and currently working toward her master’s degree in Architecture and studying in the University institute of Lisbon, School of Technology and Architecture.

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Sammy Zarka

Architect

is a Syrian American Landscape Architect and Designer. His academic work reflects on the ephemeral state of our built environments; its fragility and sensitive social aspect. Having studied in Belgium and Italy, he holds a masters and two bachelor degrees in architecture and landscape design. Professionally he collaborates with international design firms, currently with Italo Rota for the design and execution of the Italian pavilion at EXPO 2020.

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Sarah Hsein

Architect

Graduated from Damascus University, Faculty of Architecture in 2015, i am currently a Master student in the “Ecole Nationale Supérieur d’Architecture” of Paris-Belleville. The topic of my master evolves around the alternative fabrication of the city for a more inclusive city, In an attempt to seek new means that could allow marginal classes to have access to properties. It tackles a precised example of a group of people, in need for a space, who weave their wills together to build a commun space on an abandoned site ( an example of hundreds throughout France ).

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Shady Eshtai

Architect and interior designer

Syrian Architect and interior designer based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Works at Atayants Architectural Studio since 2016, participated in all phases of conceptual architectural design process on both national and international projects.
Collaborates with local designers in creating fresh interior designs for restaurants, bars, cinema theaters and residential apartments.
Shadi holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from Damascus University, Syria, and a Master’s degree with excellence (Red Diploma) in Architecture from Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPbGASU), Russia.
Interested in new concepts of eco housing and alternative urban development.

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Walaa Nezam

Architect

Walaa is an architect specialized in project development. She is Deutschlandstipendium Alumna. She holds a Diploma degree in Architecture from Damascus University and a Master of Science degree in Architecture from Kassel University. Walaa works mainly with building analysis and documentation, as well as the implementation of further planning results in work phases 3-5 in the area of the renovation of old buildings

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Yara Al Heswani

Architect & Urban Researcher

Yara holds a Diploma degree in Architecture from Damascus University in 2013. She worked at Damascus University as a research and teaching assistant.She holds a Master's degree of Theories and History of Architecture from Damascus University, awarded in 2018. She is interested in urban researches that studies the relations between humans and their urban environment, spatial changes during conflicts. S e has participated in many related workshops and visual exhibitions in Syria, Lebanon, Denmark, Netherland and UK.

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Samer Said

Architect

Samer works as an academic tutor and researcher at Damascus University, Syria. Previously, he worked in architectural practice through his collaboration with several architects and firms beside participating in national and international competitions in the field of architecture, design and photography with award winning projects. As well as involvement in several trainings, symposiums and workshops locally and abroad as a trainee, student, supervisor or organiser. Samer holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Damascus University in 2018 and is currently preparing to enroll in PhD studies.

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Ousama Abo Samra

Architect

Osama is a Syrian architect that spent the first 3 years of his architectural studies in Damascus, Syria, before moving to France to continue his studies and get his Masters in Architectural Studies from the ENSA – Paris-Belleville in 2017. Since then he has had an additional masters in Building-Information-Modelling in 2018 from ENSA - Marne-la-Valée, and is an Assistant to Project Manager in the architectural company AAAB that is based in Paris. In parallel, Osama produces artistic illustrations of social and architectural commentary on Syria