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Azm University’s School of Architecture and Design Assistant Professor Maxim Julian wins the first prize for the design and construction of the Centre of Peace and Reconciliation Lebanon

07/05/2021
SArD Assistant Professor Maxim Julian and his team of architects, ARCHIDES students shared the winning prize for their entry at a competition conducted by the Foundation for Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Lebanon

The team’s reconstruction project focused on creating a close relationship between religion and the environment.
The team imagines the FFRL Center as a campus with dedicated and diverse spaces for a mutual encounter between diverse communities in Lebanon. The project is to be entirely built from natural, recyclable, and locally sourced materials collected from the surrounding area to develop a particular passive climate strategy achieving an energy-efficient project with a modest budget.

Their proposal called for the creation of ‘a growing campus’ inspired by local vernacular architecture; the project naturally responds to the site, program, and climate, addressing the needs of the community to provide a space for sharing and learning.

"I have completed my first part of the last international internship, required by the university program, in France in summer 2019, and I had this great opportunity to finish my second part of it online from France as well under the supervision of my dear instructor, Mr. Maxim Julian, CEO of Synopsys Architecture. I am grateful for such an experience being an intern participating in a real competition working as a graduate architect. It was a challenge for me, and I enjoyed it!

What was interesting in the proposal of “The Center of Peace and Reconciliation”, conducted by the FFRL, is that it was a place that dwells peacefully and humbly in nature translating the title of the project in real life, always taking into consideration how to involve the community in such a project. To a life full of great challenges and such opportunities.” – Hanadi Chaarani, Azm University graduate and project intern.
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