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Yasmina Carole El Chami

Yasmina Carole El Chami

PhD Candidate in Architecture

Centre for Urban Conflicts Research

Supervisor: Prof. Wendy Pullan


Yasmina is an architect, Cambridge Trust Scholar, and second-year PhD Candidate in the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research (UCR) at the Department of Architecture. Her doctoral research looks at the spread of missionary educational institutions in nineteenth-century Lebanon, and their role in the urbanisation of Beirut.

She holds a B.Arch (Distinction, 2010) with a minor in English Literature from the American University of Beirut, and an M.Phil (Distinction, 2013) in Architecture and Urban Design from the Architectural Association in London. 

Prior to starting her PhD, Yasmina worked in various architecture studios including Rafael Vinoly Architects & Planners in New York, Bernard Khoury/DW5, Hala Younes/Aeta and Mariagroup Architects in Beirut. From 2013 to 2015 she was a Lecturer at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University, where she taught design studios and core history/theory modules.

At Cambridge, she supervises the ARCT Part IB History & Theory papers on Housing and Islamic Architecture, as well as Part I undergraduate dissertations. She is co-editor of the 28th issue of Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, and is co-organising (with Nadi Abusaada) the symposium: 'Conflicted Narratives, Future Trajectories'

Outside the department Yasmina is currently Christ's College MCR President, and also serves on the College's Visual Arts Committee. She previously held the MCR's Academic Officer position (2018/2019), convening a termly joint-SCR/MCR seminar series alongside other academic events, and serving on the College's education committee. 



2019: Presbyterian Historical Society Research Fellowship, PCUSA, Philadelphia, USA
2018: School of Arts & Humanities Conference Grant, University of Cambridge
2018: Lady Margaret Beaufort Portrait Prize, 1st Prize, Christ's College Cambridge
2018: Levy Plumb Creative Arts Research Award, Christ's College Cambridge
2018: Kettle's Yard Travel Grant, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge 
2017-2020: Cambridge International Scholarship, UK
2013: CMA-EDU AUB scholar, Chania, Greece
2010: OMRANIA CSBE Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, 1st Prize, Bahrain
2010: CHADIRJI Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2nd Prize, Lebanon
2010: AREEN Award for Excellence in Architecture, 1st Prize, AUB, Lebanon
2010: Dean's Creative Achievement Award, AUB, Lebanon
2005-2010: Dean's Honor List, Faculty of Engineering & Architecture, AUB, Lebanon

Conference Papers & Invited Talks

Conference Paper: 'The Politics of American Missionary Education in Nineteenth-Century Lebanon', Buell Center Dissertation Colloquium, The Temple Hoyne Buell Center, GSAPP, Columbia University, New York - May 2019

Conference Paper: 'Constructing Beirut: Missionary Education and the Project of the City in Nineteenth-Century Lebanon', Architectural History Workshop, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, London - March 2019

Invited Talk: 'From Territory to City: Missionary Education in Nineteenth-Century Lebanon', The Rights of Future Generations, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Sharjah - February 2019

Conference Paper: 'Morphologies of Neoliberal Development: The Failed Project of (the) Capital in Beirut', New Approaches to Studying the Middle East, BRISMES Annual Conference, King’s College, London - June 2018

Conference Paper: 'The Place Beyond the Coast: A Spatio-Political History of Mount- Lebanon’s Interior', The Place that Remains: Recounting the Un-built Territory, Lebanese American University, Beirut - March 2018

Invited Lecture: 'Typological Urbanism as Alternative to Neo-Liberal Planning: Case Study on the Beirut Central District', University of Cyprus, Nicosia - December 2015

Invited Lecture: 'Typological Urbanism: Shifting Paradigms in Thinking and Shaping City Space', American University of Beirut - November 2015

Conference Paper: 'Viva la Vida or Death and All its Friends: A Story about the Future of an Old Building', 9th Annual Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Conference, American University of Beirut - May 2010


Key Publications

(2018) El Chami, Y., 'The Place Beyond the Coast,' The Place that Remains: Recounting the Un-Built Territoryed. Hala Younes, Skira: Milano, 2018.

(2015) El Chami, Y., From City of Capital to Capital City, in 'New Design Research in Architecture and Urban Design', ed. Sam Jacoby, special issue of Urban Flux45.5, October 2015

(2015) Jacoby, S. with El Chami, Y. & Mansour, F., 'Architectural Urbanism: Proposals for the Arab World', in Re-Conceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World, ed. Robert Saliba, Ashgate: London, September 2015

(2012) El Chami, Y., 'From Multipli-city to Corporate City in Beirut's Central District', Projective Cities Publications, April 2012, online:

(2010) El Chami, Y., "Viva la Vida or Death and All Its Friends: A Story about the Future of an Old Building" in 9th FEASC Conference Proceedings, Beirut: American University of Beirut Press, October 2010