Wissam Chaaya is an architect and urban planner. He holds a DES in Architecture and a Master in "Sciences et métiers de la ville" from the “Fine Art Institute” at the “Lebanese University”. Alongside having participated in multiple workshops in urban planning, he has long-term experience in design and execution different types of projects.
Sharon DeMarco is the Office Administrator of Hashim Sarkis Studios, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bentley University. She has been with HSS for ten years, prior to HSS she worked in a prestigious law firm in downtown Boston as an accountant.
Boulos Douaihy is an architect and geographer. He holds a DES in Architecture from the Lebanese University and a Master in "Environment et Amenagement du Territoire" from the Universite St Joseph. Boulos has accumulated an experience in the design and execution of projects of various types and scales as well as an interest in a multidisciplinary approach to architecture, involving domains that vary from geography and sociology to parametric design and art installations.
Sandra Frem is an architect, urbanist, and educator.
She holds a DES in Architecture from the Lebanese University , and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received the SMArchS thesis award.
She is a registered architect in Lebanon and taught architecture at the Lebanese American University’s School of Architecture and Design between 2009 and 2014.
Rola Idris is a Senior Project Architect at HSS. She received her MArch with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2013 and her BArch with high distinction from the American University of Beirut in 2008. Prior to joining Hashim Sarkis Studios, Idris practiced at several design firms in Beirut including Bernard Khoury Architects/DW5. As a researcher, she was part of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT and the New Educational Environments Lab (HILT) at Harvard. Idris has served as a teaching assistant and design critic at the GSD. From 2008-2010, she was also a part-time Instructor at AUB where she taught design and drawing studios. She is a recipient of several awards and has published and exhibited in international journals and venues such as the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Andre Malan is an Architect and Urban designer. Andre received his sM.Archs: Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2016, and his M.Arch, suma cum laude, from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2012. Andre’s academic work and design proficiency has been acknowledged by awards such as “South African Institute of Architects Award: Best Student" based on final two years of study towards a professional degree and the "Corobrick Award: Student of the Year, first prize" (2012).
Tamara Salman is a Junior Architect at HSS. She studied two years of architecture at the American University of Beirut, then transferred to the New York Institute of Technology, where she received her BArch (cum laude) in 2017. Salman worked on several competitions at Zaha Hadid Architects in London in 2018 before joining the office.
Hashim Sarkis is the founding Principal of Hashim Sarkis Studios, LLC. He is an architect, an educator, and a scholar.
He received his BArch and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987, his MArch with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) in 1989, and his PhD in architecture from Harvard University in 1995.
Prior to establishing Hashim Sarkis Studios in 1998, Sarkis worked for several design firms, including for Rafael Moneo on the souks project of Beirut.
From 1995 to 2014, Sarkis was on the faculty of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he taught design studios and the history and theory of architecture. Between 2002 and 2014, he was the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at the GSD and also directed the GSD’s Aga Khan Program. In 2014, he was appointed Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT.
Sarkis is the author of several books and articles including Circa 1958: Lebanon in the Pictures and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis (Beirut: Dar Annahar, 2003), co-editor with Eric Mumford of Josep Lluis Sert: The Architect of Urban Design(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), editor of CASE: Le Corbusier's Venice Hospital(Munich: Prestel, 2001), co-editor with Peter G. Rowe of Projecting Beirut(Munich: Prestel, 1998), and executive editor of the CASE publication series(GSD/Prestel). Sarkis has served on several international juries and has lectured extensively throughout the world.Download CV.