About Karine Fakhry | Karine Fakhry is a co-founding partner and principal architect at FaR Architects, a Beirut-based architecture and design practice. After working for several years in New York City, Karine decides to return to her hometown Beirut and open her own studio, joined by Diane Sawaya a few years later.
Holding an M.Arch.I from the Rhode Island School of Design and a pre-medical biology degree from the American University of Beirut, Karine develops a passion for empirical architecture and its relationship with the individual. Her work focuses on a research-based contextual design approach allowing her and her team to explore all facets of architecture and other creative disciplines of design.
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.