Visiting Critic Lecture
Karim Moussawer, assoc. AIA is El Seif Global Travel Studio Professor at Syracuse Architecture this semester.
Moussawer graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture- SCI-Arc with a post-graduate master’s degree in architecture; he was the recipient of the Graduate Director’s Award.
He worked in Los Angeles for several years before relocating to Beirut, Lebanon where he founded PARALX, an architecture and design practice that’s currently engaged in projects of different types and scales in the Middle East region.
The practice’s portfolio shows an evident interest in the built form, challenging typologies while exploring the effects of social, cultural, political and environmental issues on architecture.
PARALX [parallel practice]—which signifies collaborative work—has won several international design awards within just few years of its establishment, including merit and citation awards from the AIA. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Karim Moussawer earned his architectural degree from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut.
Karim Moussawer’s lecture will highlight the work of PARALX, and how social, cultural and political issues can affect the design process.