Martine Zaarour

Architect, Interior designer and Activist in social sustainable development. Co-founder of Jar Thuraya, empowering Lebanese women.

Byblos, Lebanon
native Arabic,
fluent English,
fluent French,
intermediate Spanish
Fields of Expertise

Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Urban Planning

Drafting and Shop Drawings

Interior Architecture and Design

Software Knowledge
Autocad 2D/3D
Sketchup
Photoshop
Illustrator
Indesign
Archicad
Ms Office
CAREER SUMMARY
Graduated from LAU with honors in 2014, I have been working in Architecture and Interior Design for over five years in addition to managing projects for ODDD, a leading NGO in social sustainable development.
My experience in both social works and architecture has led me to experience different cultures around the world in terms of design and innovation.

Finished an online degree in sustainable cities with distinction and currently developing a startup with the UNDP on women empowerment, focusing on five of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Started my career in Design in Madrid at TOUZA Arquitectos and worked in between Madrid and Beirut on developing Lebanon's biggest theme park from design to execution. In addition to that, I have been freelancing on various local projects in interiors and architecture.
WORK EXPERIENCE
Founder
2017 -
M | Architecture and Design
Byblos, Lebanon
Working in architecture and interior design projects.
The latest projects include:
Design of a coffee shop in the area of Zekrit, Lebanon
Design of the latest pepe jeans boutique Madrid, Spain
Residential building design Amchit, Lebanon
Architect
2014 - 2014
TOUZA Arquitectos
Madrid, Spain
Worked on various Architectural and Interior Design projects locally and internationally under the surveillance of Mr. Julio Touza, Founder of TOUZA Arquitectos
Architect
2017 - 2018
RHA
Jounieh, Lebanon
Worked on the design of a local wedding venue, from conception to execution.
Architect, Project coordinator
2015 - 2018
Mayne Group
Jounieh, Lebanon
Architect and project coordinator of Heaven's Land project
Concept, Design and Development all the way to execution and Legal follow up of the project.
The Theme park extended over an area of 600,000 m sq had over 10 sections.
- Hotel & Resort
- Outlet Village
- Wedding Venue
- Zoo & Farmville ( In Collaboration with Zoological advisors Madrid )
- Sports Village
- Holiday Village and Vacation Homes
- Cultural Villages from around the world
- Entertainment Center and Cinemas
- Theme Park and Playgrounds
Architect, Project coordinator
2015 -
ODDD
Byblos, Lebanon
Organisation De Developpement Durable (ODDD) is a global local NGO, based on sustainable development concept, which make difference and impacts on local and worldwide communities.
- Find a common ground between different communities and inside each community
- Develop projects for many countries and build partnerships.
- Achieve balance between economics, environment and society.
- Build new perspectives which lead to worldwide networking and then worldwide community
- Spread awareness and education
- Motivate people to take part of action and work on national and international level. Such concept, with the help of the technologies, shall minimize the distance between people from all over the world.

Locally, we mean to make people more aware of the sustainable development concept, make them believe in it and act for it. We are trying to build a new generation with new values.

Concerning the international level, with the help of NGO’s or persons from different other countries, we are spreading the concept of sustainable development, especially in under developed country by creating the “Worldwide community Action day”. The Worldwide community Action day is a day (each month), were different NGOs from different countries do the same action at the same moment in their respective countries.
EDUCATION
Bachelor of Architecture with honors
2014
Lebanese American University
Byblos, Lebanon
CERTIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Sustainable cities degree with distinction
2016
PORTFOLIO | GALLERY
SAMPLES OF WORK
FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Urban Planning
Drafting and Shop Drawings
Interior Architecture and Design
 
Area of focus
Commercial
Public
Residential
Specializations
Chalets And Beach Houses
Entertainment
Houses And Villas
Recreation
Restaurants
Sports
Cultural
Religious
Retail
Education
Offices
Residential Complexes
Services
Bill Of Quantities
Design Review
Schematic Design
Detailed Design
Skills
Renovation & Rehabilitation
Sustainable Design
Software
Adobe Photoshop
Google Sketchup
AutoCAD
 
Area of focus
Commercial Complexes
Public Spaces
Homes And Gardens
Services
Bill Of Quantities
Design Review
Schematic Design
Detailed Design
Software
AutoCAD
Google Sketchup
Adobe Photoshop
Autodesk 3Ds Max
 
Area of focus
Urban Renewal
Strategic Urban Planning
Heritage & Conservation
Masterplanning
Urban Design
Services
Schematic Design
Detailed Design
Skills
Sustainable Design
Software
AutoCAD
Sketchup
Google Earth
 
Area of focus
Architecture Drawings
Interior Design Drawings
Skills
Issued For Construction
Sections
Design Drawings
Shop Drawings
Details
Software
AutoCAD
 
Area of focus
Corporate And Office Spaces
Kitchen And Bathroom Design
Furniture Design
Residential Spaces
Hospitality Spaces
Public Spaces
Retail Spaces
Services
Bill Of Quantities
Detailed Design
Selection And Purchasing
Specifications
Design Review
Schematic Design
Consultation
Software
Adobe Photoshop
ArchiCad
Google Sketchup
AutoCAD