Mona Fawaz (Coordinator) is an Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning and the Coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Urban Planning and Design at the American University of Beirut. Her scholarly interests stem from the imperative of making cities more inclusive, particularly from the perspective of enabling low-income dwellers to take part in shaping their cities. Her work spans across urban history and historiography, social and spatial justice, informality and the law, property and space, as well as planning practice, theory, and pedagogy. Fawaz has authored over forty scholarly articles, book sections, and reports in Arabic, French, and English. She is currently working on an alternative history of Beirut, a project that aims to critically engage scholarship about the city’s history in its post-independence period and propose an alternative narrative built from the standpoint of urban peripheries.
Fawaz is also the founder and coordinator of the Social Justice and the City Program at the Issam Fares Institute, a research-based platform that seeks to influence public policymaking by supporting ongoing advocacy work with research-based evidence to strengthen their role.
Fawaz holds a BArch from the American University of Beirut (1995), a Masters in City and Regional Planning (1998) and a PhD (2004) from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fawaz was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University during the 2014/15 academic year.
Howayda Al-Harithy is a Professor of Architecture at the American University of Beirut where she has been teaching since 1994. Al-Harithy served as the Chair of the Department of Architecture and Design from 2003 to 2006 and from 2009 to 2012. She was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 1994, at MIT in 1993 and in 2000, and at Georgetown University in 2006. Al-Harithy received her bachelor degree in architecture from Oregon School of Design in 1985, masters in architecture from MIT in 1987, and PhD in art history from Harvard University in 1992. Her research in Islamic art and architecture focuses on the Mamluk period. The research engages theoretical models of interpretation, particularly post-structuralist models, as analytic tools of the production of architectural and urban space. In 2001, she published a monograph in the Bibliotheca Islamica series entitled The Waqf Document of Sultan Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Qalawun. She is also published in international journals such as Oxford's Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Muqarnas, Mamluk Studies Review, and the Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review. Her more recent research focuses on urban heritage with special emphasis on the theoretical debate on heritage construction and consumption related to identity building and post war reconstruction. The research is published in leading journals such as IJMES and TDSR. In 2010, she edited and contributed to the book entitled Lessons in Post-War Reconstruction: Case Studies from Lebanon in the Aftermath of the 2006 War. Al-Harithy lectures in universities and conferences worldwide. She was a key note speaker in the IASTE 2004 conference, the IAPL 2007 conference and the 30th meeting of the Brazilian Committee for the History of Art in 2011. Al-Harithy serves on numerous boards and scientific committees including the Executive Board of Advisors for IASTE (International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments) at the University of California, Berkeley and the Senior Advisory Board for Lonaard Magazine in London, UK. She served as a member of the master jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2013 cycle) and is currently chairing the 4th Holcim Awards jury for the region of Africa Middle East. Her professional engagements are currently focused on two projects she is leading: the Urban Sustainable Development Strategy for Saida in Lebanon and the Central Area Plan for al-Madina al-Munawara in Saudi Arabia.
Mona Harb is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut. She received her PhD in Political Science in 2005 from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at Aix-Marseille (France). She is the author of Le Hezbollah à Beyrouth (1985-2005): de la banlieue à la ville (Karthala-IFPO, 2010), co-author of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2013, with Lara Deeb,), and co-editor of Local Governments and Public Goods: Assessing Decentralization in the Arab World (Beirut: LCPS, 2015, with Sami Atallah). Her ongoing research investigates local governance and city strategies, as well as youth mobilization and urban social movements. Harb is the recipient of grants from the LSE, EU-FP7, Wenner-Gren, ACLS, and the Middle-East Awards. She serves on the editorial boards of IJURR and CSSAME, and is a trustee of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences. She is the founder and co-editor of the Cities Page on Jadaliyya e-zine. She provides professional advice on urban development issues for several international organizations (ESCWA, WB, EU, UNDP). http://aub.academia.edu/MonaHarb
Robert Saliba is a Professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in the Department of Architecture and Design. Saliba holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, a master in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Paris VIII. He has conducted extensive research on Beirut's historic formation and postwar reconstruction, and published three reference monographs: Beyrouth Architectures: Aux Sources de la Modernité (Parenthèses, 2009), Beirut City Center Recovery: the Foch-Allenby and Etoile Conservation Area (Steidl, 2004), and Beirut 1920-1940: Domestic Architecture between Tradition and Modernity (The Order of Engineers and Architects, 1998). He has also authored book chapters with Leiden, the Agha Khan Awards, URBAMA, and journal articles with Urban Design International. His area of specialization is colonial architecture and urbanism with a special emphasis on the Late Ottoman and French Mandate periods in Lebanon and Syria.
He is currently researching the paradigmatic changes in urban design education and practice in the region with a focus on postwar Lebanon. He is the editor of a forthcoming book titled: "Reconceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World" (Ashgate, 2014). He coordinated the graduate program in Urban Planning and Policy and Urban Design at AUB between 2008 and 2011 and was a visiting professor in urban design at the Department of Architecture, Technical University of Damstadt, Germany, in the spring of 2011. As a Chevening scholar at Oxford Brookes University, he conducted postgraduate research on coastal management in the Mediterranean region. He has served as a land use consultant with the World Bank and UN-Habitat on the state of the environment in Lebanon and previously worked as an urban design consultant and a city planning associate at the Community Redevelopment Agency in Los Angeles, California.