Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon, with the oldest settlement in the world, inhabited more than 5,000 years ago. The city is located on a peninsula extending westward into the Mediterranean coast. The city has survived the ravages of time and war and is known for its deep, rich, and contrasting history with beautifully restored colonial relics, old mosques, and a couple of outstanding museums that are the key sights like Beit Ed-Dine Palace, The National Museum of Beirut, and Sursock Museum

After the ending of the Lebanese Civil War, Beirut has emerged as a global city for culture and design. Few of the excellent building that exemplifies the modern contemporary architecture of the city is- Issam Fares Institute by Zaha Hadid Architects, Beirut Terraces by Herzog & de Meuron, CALYPSO by SOMA

While Beirut has suffered one of the longest civil wars, it still remains one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the Middle East. Let’s take a look at the top 35 architects in the city that have contributed to the change for culture and new architecture in Beirut.

Re-thinking The Future is a global platform for architecture and design. RTF along with our authors has curated a list of top architecture firms in various cities across the globe. Please note that the names are arranged in alphabetical order and are not ranked in any manner.

1 PERCENT ARCHITECTURE

Scope of services:  planning, feasibility studies, architectural design, construction documentation, renovations, extensions.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Commercial, Hospitality.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: efficiency and  aesthetics
Website: www.1prcntarchitecture.com

The workshop provides and supervises a complete project management team and collaborates with engineers and experts in all fields to provide all the architectural, engineering, civil, interiors, and acoustic services. The team follows a common core of criteria that guide architectural creation. The solidity of a structure, its efficiency, its aesthetics, and its socio-cultural identity, understanding client’s needs and desires of the owner, within its means and deadlines. 

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TERRA FIRMA_©https://www.1prcntarchitecture.com/

3rd Dimension Architects

Scope of services: Architecture and Design, Engineering, Visualization, Animation, 3d Rendering, Planning, and Consulting
Types of Built Projects: Commercial, Health, Educational, Transportation, and Landscape.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: providing tailored to client’s specific needs.
Website: www.3da-lb.com

3rd Dimension believes that Architecture and Design should be accessible and affordable and works closely with the clients understanding their needs and offers design solutions, committed to quality and integrity, experience and effective  designs and well-proven delivery process leads to a successful project

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AYTB HEADQUARTER_©https://3da-lb.com/

Accent DG

Scope of services: Architecture, Design, Management, Renovations, Additions & Remodeling, Town Planning.
Types of Built Projects: Civic & Cultural, Educational, Commercial, Residential.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: modern and contemporary designs
Website: www.accentdg.com

Accent Design Group was established in 2007, is a specialized architecture design firm with an impressive portfolio consisting mainly of progressive architectural projects including culture (media libraries, cultural center), sports (swimming pools, various sports halls, etc.), housing, the tertiary sector, education or infrastructure,  in the MENA region, including the KSA, Lebanon, Qatar, Jordan, and the UAE.

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BEIRUT OBSERVATORY,_©http://accentdg.com/

A 130

Scope of services: Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors, Sustainable Design.
Types of Built Projects: individual residences, multi-housing, commercial, and industrial.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: functional, efficient, affordable, and sustainable.
Website: www.atelier130.com

A 130 was started in 2010 by Nathalie Habr and Halim Khoriaty, is a Beirut-based Architectural firm inspired by the multicultural city, its complexity, and multi-faceted façades. The firm assembles a young, dynamic, and enthusiastic team of architects with a commitment to quality design and focuses on identifying specific solutions. 

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CAFE DES JARDINS_©http://www.atelier130.com/

Arch and Arts

Scope of services: Architecture, engineering, Interior design, Documentation,  Planning, Construction Management, Bidding, Site Observation.
Types of Built Projects:  Residential and commercial.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: emphasize fresh, innovative ideas and sustainable designs.
Website: www.archandarts.com

Arch & arts is an innovative design studio based in Beirut, Lebanon, specialized in Architecture & Interior Design creations with wide and global expertise and providing professional planning, architecture, interior design, and sustainable design services. The team supports clients from design to finalizations and guarantees the integrity of the project.

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Alain Stephan 

Scope of services: Architecture, Planning, Interior Design, Engineering. Construction Management.
Types of Built Projects: Educational, Residential, Commercial, Villas & Resorts.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: responsive to efficient, and beautiful designs.
Website: www.alainstephan.com

Alain Stephan is an award-winning architectural studio that follows an integrated approach to design and provides services in architecture, urban design, regional and new town planning, socio-economic planning, long-range development planning, and project management. The team creates high-quality architectural sustainable designs 

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villa Z_©www.alainstephan.com

Almimmariya 

Scope of services: Architecture, Interior Design, Planning, Construction Administration, Management, Landscape Architecture, Sustainable.
Types of Built Projects: individual housing, collective housing, public, urban landscape, commercial.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: responsive to functional, modern,  and sustainable designs.
Website: www.almimariya.com

AL-MIMARIYA, architects, and designers specialize in sustainable development and were established in Beirut, Lebanon in 1998.

The main goal is to develop an architecture that is environmentally responsible and culturally relevant based on the client’s needs and aspirations and creating functional and aesthetic designs.

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950 Ras Beirut_©http://www.almimariya.com/

Anastasia Elrouss Architects

Scope of services: Architecture, Animation, Budgeting, Cost estimating, space planning, master planning, programming, analysis, construction administration, LEED design.
Types of Built Projects: Educational, Municipal, Commercial, Residential.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: Innovative Constructive, dynamic, and flexible designs
Website: www.anastasiaelrouss.com

ANASTASIA ELROUSS ARCHITECTS Is an architectural and urban practice that is passionate about the built and unbuilt environment intending to connect the user with the world. Anastasia Elrouss Architects places a strong emphasis on details and transitory objects. 

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Built By Associative 

Scope of services: Architecture, Engineering, Environmental, Geomatics, Information management, Landscape architecture, Planning.
Types of Built Projects: Civic & Cultural, Education, Federal, Medical, Industrial,
Locations of Built Projects:  Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: focus on designing with creative dynamic building solutions
Website: www.builtbyassociativedata.com

BAD. Built by Associative Data are a young international design and architectural firm with several offices in Spain (Barcelona), Ireland (Dublin), and Lebanon (Beirut). BAD comprises an international team of talented designers combining the expertise of working at critically acclaimed offices to create remarkable structures and improve the quality of life in communities. 

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Badih and Kantar Architects

Scope of services: Architecture and Design, Project Management, Sustainable design Renovations & Remodeling.
Types of Built Projects: Community, Commercial, Health, Educational, Residential, Transportation, Worship.
Locations of Built Projects: Beirut, Lebanon
Style of work: focuses on eco-sensitive designs
Website: www.badih-kantar.com

Badih and Kantar Architects is a young dynamic architectural firm founded by Charif Badih and Najib Kantar with an extensive portfolio including culture (media libraries, cultural center), sports (swimming pools, various sports halls, etc.), housing, mixed-use, education or infrastructure. 

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Author

Jahanavi Arora is an Architect by profession with a passion for writing, design & decor. She believes that writing and architecture are quite similar as they both are forms of art and beyond every building, there is a story to tell which she loves to explore. In her spare time, she would be found in the corner of her room reading, playing around with her 3-year-old boy, or grooving on her favorite music.

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