Speakers

Mr. Abdul-Halim Jabr

Abdul-Halim Jabr is an architect, urban design consultant and part-time faculty at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and formerly at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Jabr takes an interest in urban and governance issues in metropolitan Beirut, specifically the environment, old neighbourhoods, mobility, and public spaces.

In 2013, he was part of the successful campaign to stop the Hikmeh-Turk Axis (also known as the F. Boutros Highway) in Achrafieh.

In May 2016, he was one of twenty-four candidates who ran for the municipal elections on the Beirut Madinati list.

Between March 2014 and November 2016, he advised the Ministry of Culture on heritage buildings in Beirut and was part of the team that drafted the new heritage protection law.

Jabr’s professional experience includes local and international work demonstrating a commitment to environmentally-responsive design, urban heritage development, and context-sensitive planning. He was involved in several urban design projects, which were recognized by Arab, EU, and US agencies or professional bodies.

His work includes multiple scales of design, from simple interiors to complex urban design and planning projects, involving both design and management.

Since 2013, he is the co-founder, alongside Dr. Jala Makhzoumi, of Unit 44, a collaborative practice in architecture, landscape design, ecological planning, and urban design.
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