Grace Aaraj

Architect, LEED AP BD+C

Beirut, Lebanon
Arabic,
French,
English,
Spanish
Fields of Expertise

Architecture

Virtual Reality

Sustainable Design

Architectural Visualization

Interior Architecture and Design

Codes & Standards
ADA
Building Code
NFPA
etc...
Software Knowledge
Revit
Rhino
3Ds Max /Vray
AutoCAD 2D
AutoCAD 3D
Adobe Creative Suite
CAREER SUMMARY
Grace Aaraj is a practicing architect, a recipient of the Fulbright and the Japan JASSO scholarships. She studied at the Lebanese University then received her M.Arch. from the University of Oregon with focus on sustainable urbanism and community engagement. She is also accredited LEED AP BD+C. In 2015, after working in Portland and Honolulu, she returned to Beirut where she co-founded her design-build office ArchiBuild. Her design work has been exhibited in Portland, San Francisco, Haiti and Tokyo. Her work in research has been published and presented through various publications, international lectures, and videos. Her latest research interests include architectural education and the application of Public Interest Design.
WORK EXPERIENCE
Founder and Architect
2015 -
ArchiBuild
Beirut, Lebanon
// Designing and submitting permits for various projects, www.archibuild-lb.com
// Design-build for community projects
// Placed as finalist for green Academy International competition in Bologna, Italy.
// Worked on design competitions, rendering and coordination scopes for leading MENA companies. Company names held confidential as per request.
Architectural and Branding Designer
2014 - 2015
Group 70
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America (USA)
// Collaborated on design and meetings for 1
st prize International design competition of 6 phases;
// Participated in business and design meetings with clients and consultants;
// Conducted site visits to major hotel renovations on touristic islands and produced CD sets.
Designer
2013 - 2014
Waterleaf Architecture, Interiors & Planning
Portland, Oregon, United States of America (USA)
Won 1st prize Haiti Humanitarian Architecture Competition for a healthcare clinic. Project built in 2016.
// Contributed to Design Development for Haiti clinic with Waterleaf Architecture in Portland;
// Coordinated with KPFF Engineers and OSU Construction Admin for CD sets;
// Conducted site visit to Jacmel in Haiti to meet client and presented project to community in French;
// Documented site visit and materials selection and shared to consultants in Portland, USA.
Visitor Urban Planner
2013 - 2013
I-AUD Meiji University
Nakano-Nu, Tokyo, Japan
JASSO Japan Government awardee for International Architecture and Urban Design workshop, August 2013
// Designed and presented urban interventions for Nakano, Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics host.
EDUCATION
MArch - Fulbright
2014
University of Oregon in Portland, USA
Portland, Oregon, United States of America (USA)
Master 1
2011
Institut des Beaux-Arts
Beirut, Lebanon
I-UAD
2013
Meiji University in Tokyo
Nakano-nu, Tokyo, Japan
LEED AP BD+C
2014
U.S. Green Building Council
United States of America (USA)
CERTIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
LEED AP BD+C
2014
FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
Architecture
Virtual Reality
Sustainable Design
Architectural Visualization
Interior Architecture and Design
 
Area of focus
Residential
Commercial
Public
Specializations
Retail
Offices
Short To Mid-rise Buildings
Houses And Villas
Chalets And Beach Houses
Hospitality
Industrial
Entertainment
Education
Restaurants
Residential Complexes
Cultural
Services
Bill Of Quantities
Design Review
Detailed Design
Schematic Design
Skills
Sustainable Design
Renovation & Rehabilitation
Software
AutoCAD
Adobe Photoshop
Autodesk 3Ds Max
Google Sketchup
Revit
Rhinoceros
 
Area of focus
Architectural Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality
Interior Spaces Virtual Reality
 
Area of focus
Green Building Certification
Green Building Design
Specializations
LEED
WELL
Services
Design Review
 
Area of focus
3D Modeling
Rendering
Sketching
Software
AutoCAD
Adobe Photoshop
Rhinoceros
Autodesk 3Ds Max
Revit
 
Area of focus
Corporate And Office Spaces
Kitchen And Bathroom Design
Renovation & Rehabilitation
Lighting
Residential Spaces
Hospitality Spaces
Retail Spaces
Services
Bill Of Quantities
Detailed Design
Selection And Purchasing
Consultation
Design Review
Schematic Design
Software
Adobe Photoshop
Autodesk 3Ds Max
Rhinoceros
AutoCAD
Revit