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BACKGROUND

Founded in 2015, EAST Architecture Studio is a collective practice committed to architectural design and experimental research. The firm’s systematic design approach questions a wide range of cultural, urban, ecological and material knowledge that stimulate the significance and creativity of a project. We seek design solutions that optimize the use of sustainable energies, natural resources and human comfort to yield high performance buildings and urban environments. We aim at delivering a product that is polyvalent and inventive, while contextual. We believe that architecture has a social, economic and historical responsibility that we use as a trigger for innovation. We are committed to be constantly aware of upcoming changes and challenges in an ever evolving environment, and to synthesize the information around us in its most essential components.

METHOD

Our team engages in the production of projects at various scales, from concept design to execution and construction supervision, thus heavily relying on three dimensional modeling. We believe that digital tools have pulled architecture into an uncharted territory of opportunity, ranging from simulation, construction, rendering and parametric performance and our work embraces these instruments to offer bespoke solutions and analysis to each project. Most importantly it structures the coordination process between us and our various consultants – from structural to environmental engineers and cost consultants – in order to deliver a high quality product challenged by increasingly strenuous budgets and schedules. Lastly, we see the Client as the most valuable team member and our collaboration is an essential part of our design process.

CHARLES KETTANEH

Lebanese-American born Charles Kettaneh joined the Department of Architecture at the American University of Beirut in 2003 before moving to New York City where he earned his bachelor in Architecture with honors from Pratt Institute in 2009.

Kettaneh is the recipient of the Outsdanding Merit Award offered by Pratt Institute, and his thesis work was selected and presented at the Pratt Awards. His work was also published in the Pratt ‘In Process’ publication throughout his degree. His professional path includes experiences in international design offices across the USA such as Nelson, RSVP Studio and Perkins Eastman before joining Raed Abillama Architects in Lebanon.

NICOLAS FAYAD

Lebanese national Nicolas Fayad completed his bachelor in Architecture at the American University of Beirut in 2008 before earning a Masters in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2010.

Fayad’s academic path was furthered by professional experiences in international offices such as Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris, and Morphosis Architects in New York City. His work has been exhibited at Harvard, the Venice Biennale, the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture and published in Wallpaper Magazine, Architecture Record and l’Officiel. He was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the ‘30 Under 30’ in the Art and Design category.

CONSULTANCY BOARD

Structural
Bureau d’Etudes Rodolphe Mattar –  Lebanon

Electro-Mechanical
Bureau d’Etudes Techniques et de Surveillance Kamal Sioufi & Associés – Beirut, Lebanon

Electro-Mechanical
Roger Njeim & Bachir Saade – Beirut, Lebanon

Cost Control
FEM Consult – Beirut, Lebanon

Sustainability
Eco Consulting – Lebanon

Landscape
+32 Paysages – Brussels, Belgium – Beirut, Lebanon

Visualization
Imagenatives – Beirut, Lebanon
Cleerstudio – Lebanon

COLLABORATORS

Abi Chebl, Lucile
Abi Ghanem, Ghaith
Abou Fakher, Firas
Abou Jaoude, David
Arbid, Dima
Atoui, Cynthia
Azoury, Zeina
Bou Rjeily, Samer
Chami, Mohamad
Fayad, Nicolas
Geha, Elie
Gkinis, Iosif
Haddad, Nadine
Harrouk, Christele
Homsi, Helena
Kettaneh, Charles
Kharpoutlian, Lori
Makkouk, Mohamad
Melki, Jad
Moussa, Elio
Msharbash, Nabih
Saadé, Joanna
Serhan, Isabela
Yassin, Mariyam
Yassine, Karine
Zeidan, Mia