Bio


Roula Salamoun is an architect and designer, founder of a studio developing multidisciplinary projects. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture with distinction (American University of Beirut, 2007) and pursued her Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design in New York City (Columbia University, 2011), where she was awarded the William Kinne Fellowship.

She has collaborated with Columbia University on a number of regional projects in the Middle East and worked with Bernard Khoury / DW5 for over six years as a Project Manager and Architecture Manager before establishing her practice in 2017. Roula has a solid technical experience spanning all project phases, from concept design, design development, to tendering and construction supervision, which she skillfully combines with her experience in team and resource management, answering RFPs and contract negotiation.

Her interest in multi-scalar design, experiential design and sustainable material experimentations is explored through projects ranging from architecture to experimental installations. She develops the artistic side of her practice through works that tackle the relationship of the human body, space and the objects that occupy it.

Her work has been exhibited in the House of Today Biennale in Beirut, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Capital of Culture in Turku Finland and Studio X in New York, in addition to numerous publications in prominent magazines such as Domus, Wallpaper and Galerie Magazine.


Education


Columbia University | New York, USA, 2011
Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design

American University of Beirut | Beirut, Lebanon, 2007
Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Studio Arts | With Distinction


Affiliation


Registered Architect | Beirut, Lebanon
Order of Architects and Engineers

Columbia University Alumni Association Lebanon | Beirut, Lebanon
Founding member and member of the Board

GSAPP Collective for Beirut | Beirut and abroad
Co-founder of the collective in 2020


Awards


Arte Laguna ARS Prize | Venice Art Biennale | Venice, Italy, 2019
Nationmetrix | Art Reuse Sustainability Award

William Kinne Fellowship | Columbia University | New York, USA, 2011
Visual Narratives in Contemporary Architecture | Travel and research fellowship


Exhibitions


CTMP Auction | Cambi Aste, Milan, Italy, 2021
Anatomy | Console
& Mirror

Un[mask]ed | Alserkal, Dubai, UAE, 2021
Strata Carpets & Anatomy series


Piasa Auction | Paris, France, 2020
Anatomy | Console
& Mirror

Beirut Design Fair | Beirut, Lebanon, 2019
Anatomy | Console
& Mirror

House of Today Design Biennale | Beirut, Lebanon, 2018
Anatomy | Console

Beirut Design Week | Beirut, Lebanon, 2017

Nationmetrix | Installation

Export Archive | Venice Architecture Biennale  | Venice, Italy, 2014
#Analog Conversations | Research project

Finland Pavilion | Venice Architecture Biennale  | Venice, Italy, 2012
Pudelma Pavilion  | Project exhibition

European Capital of Culture | Turku, Finland, 2011
Pudelma | Pavilion

Public Horizon | Studio X | New York, USA, 2011
The Rider Pavilion | Project exhibition

Tonji University | Shanghai, China, 2011
Hyperreal Simulations | Project exhibition



Press & Publications


Wallpaper* | Colourful rugs from world-leading designers and makers | Apr. 2021
https://www.wallpaper.com/design/best-colourful-rug-designs


Whitehot Magazine | Lebanese Artists Use Collaboration as Means of Survival | Apr. 2021
https://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/use-collaboration-as-means-survival/4942


AD Middle East| Step Into The Ethereal World Of Roula Salamoun | Apr. 2021
https://www.admiddleeast.com/art-design/design/Roula-Salamoun-The-Rising-Lebanese-Designer-new-collection


Identity AE | The Power Issue #208 -  April 2021 | Creative Spirit

Arab News | ‘Un(Masked)’: Group exhibition in Dubai unites Lebanese creatives | Mar. 2021
https://www.arabnews.com/node/1833626/lifestyle


Elle Décoration France | N. 286 Février - Mars 2021 | Le Design Libanais, Figures Montantes

Harper’s Bazaar Interiors  | Winter 2020 | Carpet Art
Print: https://mags.itp.com/HarpersBazaarInteriors/048-HBI-WINTER-2020/#page=32
Web: 
https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/culture/interiors/iwan-maktabi-collaborates-with-middle-eastern-designers-for-new-project

AD France | L’art et le design libanais à l’honneur chez Piasa | Sep. 2020
https://www.admagazine.fr/design/actualite-design/diaporama/lart-et-le-design-libanais-a-lhonneur-chez-piasa/60854


Wallpaper* | Beirut’s design community struggles to rebuild in the aftermath of explosions | Aug. 2020
https://www.wallpaper.com/design/beirut-design-community-following-explosion


Design For | 200 Items made by international producers for alternative spaces | Jun. 2020

Wallpaper*  | World View: Letter from the Middle East | May 2020
https://www.wallpaper.com/design/world-view-letter-from-the-middle-east


Domus | Beirut Design Fair showed Lebanon’s multidisciplinary diversity | Oct. 2019
https://www.domusweb.it/en/design/gallery/2019/10/01/beirut-design-fair-showed-lebanons-multi-disciplinary-diversity.html


Prestige Magazine | Roula Salamoun at Beirut Design Fair | Sep. 2019
http://www.prestigemag.co/2019/09/roula-salamoun-at-beirut-design-fair/
http://www.prestigemag.co/fr/2019/09/roula-salamoun-at-beirut-design-fair/

Galerie Magazine | 6 Buzzworthy Designers at the Beirut Design Fair | Sep. 2019
https://www.galeriemagazine.com/beirut-design-fair-2019/


Monocle | Design Convergence | Sep. 2019
https://monocle.com/minute/2019/09/19/


Jdeed Magazine | Jdeed’s Selection  | Sep. 2019
http://jdeedmagazine.com/beirut-design-fair19-jdeeds-selection/

Domus | What to see at Beirut Design Fair 2019, 5 projects not to be missed | Sep. 2019
https://www.domusweb.it/en/design/gallery/2019/09/17/beirut-design-fair-2019-what-to-see-selected-by-domus.html


Damn Magazine | Beirut Design Week | Jun. 2019
https://www.damnmagazine.net/calendar/beirut-design-week/

Deco Magazine  | Numéro 76 Mars 2019 | Roula Salamoun, Anatomie et stylisation

Domus | Table talk, an overview of the House of Today biennale  | Jan. 2019
www.domusweb.it/en/design/2019/01/09/table-talk-an-overview-of-the-house-of-today-biennale.html

Vogue Italia | House of Today design biennale | Dec. 2018
www.vogue.it/news/article/house-of-today-design-biennale-appuntamento-a-beirut

24 Ore | Design rivincita Libano | Dec. 2018
www.ilsole24ore.com/art/commenti-e-idee/2018-12-20/design-rivincita-libano-184055.shtml?uuid=AEwU1L3G&refresh_ce=1


Zettler | Beirut Design Week | Apr. 2018
https://www.zetteler.co.uk/news/2018/04/21/adorno-x-beirut-design-week

L’Officiel Homme Levant | Numéro 76 Juin 2017 | L’utilité du design au Coeur de la ville

Dezeen | Lebanese designers embrace recycling after trash crisis | Jun. 2017
www.dezeen.com/2017/06/26/lebanese-designers-embrace-recycling-after-trash-crisis-beirut-design-week/

Dezeen | Best recycled design projects | Jun. 2017
www.dezeen.com/2017/06/26/roundup-eight-best-recycled-design-projects-driven-by-trash-crisis-beirut-design-week/


Wallpaper* | Report on Beirut Design Week 2017
www.wallpaper.com/design/beirut-design-week-2017-report

Design Mena | Lebanese Architects reflect on security and travel measures | Jun. 2017
www.designmena.com/thoughts/lebanese-architects-reflect-on-security-and-travel-measures-during-beirut-design-week

Design Boom | Interview with Doreen Toutikian | Jun. 2017
www.designboom.com/design/doreen-toutikian-interview-beirut-design-week-06-17-2017/


Young Arab Architects Publication | Venice Architecture Biennale | Venice, Italy, 2012
Reconstruction Through the Box project

Abstract | Columbia University |  New York, USA, 2011
Light Cube

Dictionary of Received Ideas | Collaborating writer & editor | Publication (Forthcoming) Edited by Enrique Walker


Academic Involvement


GSAPP Collective for BEIRUT in collaboration with Assistant Professor Hiba Bou Akar | Columbia University
Co-curator: Emergency Architecture and Planning: Recovering Beirut Post-Explosion Virtual Lecture November 2020

Final Year Project: FYP 2 | Studio Instructor Raafat Majzoub | American University of Beirut
Guest Critic: Mid Review | March 2020

Design Studio III: Interior Architecture | Studio Instructor Omaya Malaeb | Lebanese American University
Guest Critic: Mid Review | November 2019

Design Studio III: Pre-Me | Studio Professor Hani Asfour | Lebanese American University
Guest Critic: Mid Review | October 2016

Final Year Project Studio: Univer-City | Studio Professor Hani Asfour | Lebanese American University
Guest Critic: Mid Review | March 2015

Collecting Architecture Territories Studio | Studio Professor Mark Wasiuta | Columbia University | Beirut, Lebanon  Consultant & Collaborator | March 2015

Final Year Project Studio: Public Library | Lebanese American University
Guest Critic: Final Review | March 2014

Collecting Architecture Territories Studio | Studio Professor Mark Wasiuta | Columbia University | Beirut, Lebanon Collaborator | March 2014

Collecting Architecture Territories Workshop | Studio Professor Mark Wasiuta | Columbia University | Beirut, Lebanon
Collaborator | June 2013

Knowledge City Travelling Design and Fabrication Studio | Studio Professors Phillip Anzalone & Frederic Levrat | Columbia University | Amman, Jordan
Collaborator & Fabrication Instructor | March 2013

National Public Library Studio | Studio Instructor Sandra Frem | Lebanese American University
Guest Critic: Final Review | February 2012

Design Studio 1B | Studio Professor Hani Asfour | Lebanese American University
Guest Critic: Final Review | January 2012

Damage Control 2 Studio | Studio Professor Mark Wasiuta | Columbia University
Guest Critic: Quarter Review | June 2011


Previous Experience


Bernard Khoury DW5 | Beirut, Lebanon, 2013 - 2017
Architecture Manager
Coordination of the various projects with the architectural teams and consultants. Supervision of the production of the various phases. In charge of management of the architectural teams, their recruitment and their assignment to the projects. In charge of preparation of contracts and negotiations with clients.


Bernard Khoury DW5 | Beirut, Lebanon, 2008 - 2010
Architect and Project Manager
Involved in the design of various projects, including; PLOT1342-1343 l Residential Tower, KFARDEBIAN 4359 l Log Cabins, MATHAF 2 l Residential Development, ANFEH l Log Cabins, C.A RESIDENCE l Apartment, SAIFI 450 | (bar-restaurant) entertainment & PIER 7 | (roof top club) entertainment

Mark