Arab Center for Architecture representative
Joy Kanaan is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in architecture and a minor in urban planning. After working for several years in Los Angeles and New York on large scale projects for DMJM and Haines Lundberg Whaeler, she relocated to Beirut in 2001 and founded joy kanaan architects in Lebanon. The office carries out both residential, institutional and interior design projects. Her work has been featured in several publications such as The Daily Star, Deco, Fabrics & Architecture, and L’Orient Le Jour.
Kanaan is also a lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut, where she currently teaches design studios focusing on architectural and industrial heritage. She is a board member of the Arab Center for Architecture, a widely known organization that archives, promotes and preserves architecture in the region. She is also an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, in the USA, as well as a professional member of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Lebanon.
She represents the Arab Center for Architecture within the Beirut Heritage Initiative.