Diane Sawaya

FaR Architects | Architect & Founder


Beirut | Lebanon

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Diane Sawaya is co-founding partner and principal architect at FaR Architects, a Beirut-based architecture and design practice. Diane is one skilled lady and could have been a writer, a historian, a filmmaker or a chef but instead decided to pursue a career in Architecture. She partnered up with buddy Karine Fakhry to establish FaR Architects after gaining her Masters in Paris.

About FaR Architects | FaR Architects’ work focuses on design research, the quality of living spaces and a comprehensive understanding of the urban context. Their team’s knowledge and collaborations embrace architecture, interior architecture, landscape interventions, exhibition installations, product and interaction design.
Since its foundation in 2005, led by founders Karine Fakhry and Diane Sawaya, FaR Architects has successfully completed projects in Lebanon, the Middle East, London and New York. 
This year, invited by La Triennale di Milano, FaR Architects created and exhibited their speculative project “Stay at Home” at the 21st Triennale International Exhibition, allowing Lebanon to be represented in this iconic event for the first time since its creation in 1923.
FaR Architects puts the individual at the core of its interest and thought process, creating intrinsic and intricate yet unusual relationships between the environment and the user. Their projects become experiential, but somehow they feel familiar.
They question form, use and content. There is no architectural philosophy; merely the construction of a new narrative every time. 


Workshop | Design Spaces for You

This workshop investigates modern day changes within the housing environment and is inspired by an imagined future where everyone’s things are shared. You will imagine, design and develop a living unit that fits your own body’s needs.

Other Speakers

Karine Fakhry
FaR Architects | Co-founder

Nobumichi Tosa
Maywa Denki | Artist

David Habchy
Founder | WARAQ

Hector Ouilhet
Google | UX Designer