Team

Abir Saksouk, Co-director and Head of the Research Unit
Abir graduated as an architect in 2005, and later did her masters in Urban Development Planning. She is co-founder of Public Works Studio. Her primary focus includes urbanism and law, property and shared space, and right to the city of marginalized communities. She is active in exploring how local organizing could be employed in actively shaping the future of cities. Abir is also a member of the Legal Agenda and co-founder of Dictaphone Group. 

 

Nadine Bekdache, Co-director and Head of the Design and Communication Unit
Nadine is a practicing designer and urbanist, and co-founder of Public Works Studio. She researches socio-spatial phenomena through multidisciplinary methods; including mapping, imagery and film as both processes of investigation and representation. As part of her research on urban displacement, she authored “Evicting Sovereignty: Lebanon’s Housing Tenants from Citizens to Obstacles”, and co-directed “Beyhum Street: Mapping Place Narratives”. Nadine is also a graphic design instructor at the Lebanese University.

 

Tala Alaeddine, Research Unit Coordinator
Tala graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Lebanese University, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts Branch II (2017), and received Academic excellence certificates and Scholarships from The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development and the Lebanese American University. She joined Public Works Studio in 2017, and was involved in studying the master plans of 15 Lebanese regions, advocating for participatory approaches in planning. She also coordinated the international competition “Beyond cement”.

 

Jana Haidar, Housing Monitor Coordinator
Jana is an architect and urban researcher. She completed her MA in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of the Lebanese University and has been working on projects covering the topics of national urban planning practices, housing policies and displacement, urban transformation, and history. Jana has been a part of Public Works Studio since 2017. She is also the creator of Beirut Architecture Tours that explores the urban planning history of Beirut.

 

Lama El Hajjar, Office and Finance Manager
Lama is an Economics graduate from Saint Joseph University, with over nine years experience in the banking sector. She joined Public works midyear 2020 and currently oversees all areas of finance and administration. She also handles the Human Resources procedures.

 

Jana Mezher, Design and Communication Unit Coordinator
Jana holds an MA in art direction from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts - (ALBA). She enjoys focusing her energy on exploring the city in its layers and excavating the forgotten stories within. Talk to her for hours about Anthropology, Politics, or History and she will not get bored. She is also a graphic design instructor at Beirut Arab University.

 

Imad Kaafarani, Designer 
Imad is an illustrator with a Bachelor in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from the Lebanese University. He thrives on making art in a variety of different forms including illustration, typography, animation, video and music.

 

Ramy Sabek, Junior Researcher
Ramy is a practicing Architect, holding a Bachelor in Architecture from BAU. His work focuses on human centered urban environments, urban mobility, data visualization, computational design, and advanced construction methods. He’s interested in community engagement in the design process, especially the stories each person/object tells, and how these shape a certain environment. He is currently a caseworker in the Housing Monitor project with Public Works. 

 

Jana Nakhal, Magazine Coordinator
Jana is an urban planner and researcher. She wrote in several Lebanese and regional newspapers and magazines on urban issues and feminism. She is also involved in organizing interactive urban tours, in Beirut and Sour -entitled 'Capitalism and the city' and 'city and power'- as a tool to make urban issues an everyday concern and find ways to organize local communities around them. She is a PhD student at Ljubljana University. Jana is currently the coordinator of Public Works Magazine.

 

Rayan Alaeddine, Junior Researcher
Rayan is a civil engineer holding a master’s degree in public works and road planning from the Lebanese University (2019), and a dual master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Lille-France and the Lebanese University (2021). She joined Public Works Studio’s team in October 2020. Using a variety of research and fieldwork tools, she is interested in discovering the urban environment dynamics, and adapting the potential of such environment to serve people. Her work also includes monitoring and observing the changes of various urban elements and factors.
 
Christina Abou Rouphaël, Community Work Coordinator
Christina is an architect and urban researcher, graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture (2015) and Urban Planning (2017) from the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts of the Lebanese University. She joined Public Works team in 2020. She is currently working on various research projects related to urban issues, public property and right to the city. Her work as a Community coordinator focuses on supporting the participation of the residents of the area affected by the Beirut blast and developing their ability and consciousness in influencing policies and claiming their rights.

 

Maya Saba Ayon, Legal Researcher and Advocacy Officer
Maya is a law graduate from the Filiere Francophone de Droit. She started her journey with Public Works in 2020, as a volunteer for the Housing Monitor project, assisting with legal research. Maya is currently the legal coordinator to the Housing Monitor, and has also taken on the role of Advocacy officer for the Right to Housing.

 

Remy Atallah, Content Creator and Social Media Officer
Remy holds a diploma in Interior Architecture from the Lebanese University of Fine Arts in 2009. She has been designing and making jewelry since 2001. She enjoys exploring abandoned buildings in Lebanon. She joined the Public Works Studio team in 2021, and she manages Public Works Studio's social media pages, in addition to Content Creation.

 

Yara Abdelkhalek, Land Policy Observatory Coordinator 
Yara is an architect and urban researcher who graduated with an MA in Architecture from the Lebanese University in 2017, and is currently pursuing her masters degree in Urban Planning. She is interested in urban activism and how local organizing shapes the city. She is currently focusing in her work on urbanism in relation to law and the state from a perspective of the right to the city violation and on networking to raise advocacy on urban related issues.