Beirut Now: A Panel about Urban Landscape's Conflicting Desires

NOV 07, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


November 07, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM





MEMEAC and cosponsored with the World Alumni Association of American University of Beirut New York Metropolitan Chapter




  • Nishan Kazazian, AIA
    Beirut: The Scent and Music of its Past Architecture
    Architect and Artist in NYC. He worked for major international architectural offices in NYC and Boston. Presently in private practice and teaching at Parsons, the New School for Design. Member, American Institute of Architects.

  • Simone Kosremelli
    Old Souks: Past Glories and Present Tragedy
    Architect and urban planner in private practice in Beirut since 1981. She is a Senior Lecturer at American University of Beirut, School of Architecture. Recipient, AUB Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Distinguished Alumna Award, 2007.

  • Muriel Skaf
    From Post War to Post Reconstruction: Curious Case of Urban Planning
    Muriel obtained a BA in Architecture from American University of Beirut (2011) and Master’s of Planning (with honors) from University of Southern California (2013). She is presently employed at the World Economic Forum in NYC.

  • Nancy Kricorian
    Bourj Hammoud, the Last Refuge?
    Author of Zabelle, Dreams of Bread and Fire and All the Light There Was. Her next novel will focus on Bourj Hammoud.

  • Arpi Mangassarian
    Bourj Hammoud, Longing to Breathe
    Architect and urbanist in Beirut. She is Chief of Technical and Urban Planning, Office of Bourj Hammoud Municipality. She renovated an old Bourj Hammoud structure to create Badguèr, a cultural center.


  • Miguel Robles-Durán
    Director, MS Design and Urban Ecologies Graduate Program, Parsons, the New School for Design. He recently co‐edited/authored the book, Urban Asymmetries: Studies and Projects on Neoliberal Urbanization.


  • Aseel Sawalha
    Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University, and author of Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City.

  • Brian McGrath
    Dean at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons, the New School for Design. Urban Design Ecology is his latest publication.


Co-sponsored with the World Alumni Association of American University of Beirut New York Metropolitan Chapter