Meet the Author
Balsam Madi is an interdisciplinary architect and urbanist. Her undergraduate thesis in architecture at the American University of Beirut (AUB), analyzes Beirut’s influential stakeholders in contemporary residential architecture, to propose user-centered housing. Afterward, Madi received a full DAAD scholarship to pursue an MSc in integrated urbanism and sustainable design between the University of Stuttgart and Ain Shams Cairo where she acquired skills to develop integrated and transdisciplinary solutions for planning, managing, and designing cities, landscapes, and buildings. Her MSc thesis topic Processes Behind Regional Planning in Lebanon’s Hinterland, innovates in analyzing territorialization processes through policy network methodologies. These methodologies were later applied in her consultancies and research. In 2016, she joined AUB’s Design Impact Lab as co-lecturer of a professional course. She also established her own practice, BM Studio; and selected projects include upgrading Saida’s historic district and a co-living/ co-working project in Athens.
Works by the Author
Architecture of the Territory: Constructing National Narratives in the Arab World
Co-published with Collective for Architecture