Diane Sawaya

FaR Architects | Architect & Founder

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Beirut | Lebanon

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About Diane Sawaya | Diane Sawaya is co-founding partner and principal architect at FaR Architects, a Beirut-based architecture and design practice.
Diane could have been a writer, a historian, a filmmaker or a chef. It is in architecture that she decides to pursue her career and obtains a Master’s degree from the Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin. Back in Beirut, she partners up with Karine Fakhry to establish FaR Architects.
In the design process, Diane places users and their experiential promenades at the heart of the project, both literally and figuratively.  

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 | Architecture and the Human Body

Investigating modern day changes within the housing environment and inspired by their recent project “Stay at Home”, based on a speculative future where all of one’s possessions are shared, Karine and Diane will work with you to understand your surroundings and sense of place, your sense of the domestic.


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Karine Fakhry
FaR Architects | Co-founder