Abir Saksouk, Head of the Justice in Planning Unit & Research Director
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, Head of Right to Housing Unit & Design Director
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, Researcher & Fieldwork 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, Researcher & Casework/Survey 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.
Roland Nassour, Researcher and Community/Advocacy Coordinator
Roland is an architect and urban planner. He worked on projects aiming to revive streets and public spaces and contributed to various workshops on housing rights, urban pollution, and others. He is a co-founder of the Save the Bisri Valley campaign and the anti-dam movement in Lebanon. Roland holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Lebanese University (2015) and a Master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the American University of Beirut (2020)
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, Graphic Designer & Communication officer
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, Graphic 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, Caseworker
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, Urban Planner & Researcher
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 Editor-in-chief of Public Works Magazine.