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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 final-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 was co-editor of the 28th issue of Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, and the lead organiser (with Nadi Abusaada) of the symposium: 'Conflicted Narratives, Future Trajectories' (Sep 2019).

Outside the department Yasmina served as Christ's College MCR President (2019/2020). 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. 



2020: IHR Scouloudi Doctoral Fellowship, Institute of Historical Research, UK
2020: Funds for Women Graduates Doctoral Grant, UK
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, 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

Key Publications

Journal Articles

El Chami, Y., and Palate, S., ‘It All Starts With the Ground: Interview with Amanda Levete’, Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, 28 (2019), pp. 8-21

El Chami, Y. ‘Inhabiting Territory: Home, as Nature, as Conflict, as Capital’, Ground-Up: Journal of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning at UC Berkeley, 8 (2019), pp. 29-34

El Chami, Y., ‘Beirut: From City of Capital to Capital City’, Urban Flux, 45.5 (October 2015), pp. 70-79

Book Chapters

El Chami, Y., ‘The Place Beyond the Coast: A Spatio-Political History of Mount Lebanon’s Interior’, in The Place that Remains, ed. by Hala Younes (Milano: Skira, 2018), pp. 176-183

Edited Journals

El Chami, Y. and Palate, S., eds, Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, Department of Architecture: University of Cambridge, 28 (2019)